Southwestern Research Station

The Southwestern Research Station is in the process of reopening after our closure in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently taking a limited number of reservations from researchers this spring, and expect to be back to full operations this summer! 


Phone messages are currently checked infrequently. The best way to reach us is to send email inquiries to [email protected] or to [email protected]

About Us

The Southwestern Research Station is a biological field station that provides scientists, educators, and students from around the world the opportunity to participate in research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biologically rich environments in the United States.

Located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona, the Station is situated in the heart of the Madrean Sky Island Archipelago, which stretches from the tropical Sierra Madre Occidental up to the Rocky Mountains. The habitats around SWRS include an elevational gradient from low desert to alpine meadows, rich riparian areas, and a unique blend of Chihuahuan and Sonoran Desert species.

The Southwestern Research Station serves scientists, students, and groups that strive to conserve the world’s biodiversity and add to our knowledge of the natural world. SWRS is a non-profit organization under the direction of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) In New York. 


We will be awarding the Southwestern Research Station Graduate Field Research Award again this year! 

This new fund was endowed by an anonymous donor to support field research by graduate students at SWRS. The purpose of this competitive award is to make extensive station-based fieldwork possible for graduate students, recognizing that such fieldwork provides a uniquely immersive opportunity to explore their study system and develop a sense of place.

The recipient receives an award of up to US $5000 to be applied towards covering station fees, research equipment and supplies, and travel expenses. Supported fieldwork must be in the Chiricahuas or neighboring areas. Regional projects including those with components at neighboring field stations within Arizona will be considered, but supported research must be based in part at SWRS. We are extending the due date this year to April 30, 2022.

Download the award announcement and application instructions here:

We are happy to announce the return of many of our field courses this summer, including:

The Lepidoptera Course

The Herpetology Course

The Bee Course

Fungi of the Sky Islands

The Tree Course

Hummingbird Monitoring Network Workshop

All five of our Chiricahua weather stations are up and running! Visit the local transect network page to access data from SWRS, the top of the mountains (Bootlegger Saddle), the desert (Chiricahua Desert Museum), and Chiricahua National Monument.

The 2019 SWRS Newsletter is out! Download it here:

Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 520-558-2396

Fax: 520-558-2018

The SWRS office is currently closed, but will reopen soon! We operate on Mountain Standard Time. Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Get mailing addresses and staff information.