brown lizard with parallel light-colored stripes along its sides sitting on a log in leaves and pine needles Sceloporus virgatus - Striped Plateau Lizard
Scientists from institutions across the country and around the world conduct research at SWRS.

Fields of interest include entomology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, botany, geology, arachnology, animal behavior, population genetics, microbial interactions, and physiological ecology. 

Numerous long-term studies are in progress, including: communal breeding in Mexican jays, evolution of unisexual parthenogenetic lizards, spadefoot toad reproduction, hummingbird physiology, horned lizard ecology and behavior, sexual selection and behavior in striped plateau lizards, and the evolution of social behaviors in ants. 

Are you a scientist interested in conducting research at SWRS? To apply:

  • Contact Geoff Bender to discuss your application and reserve lodging.
  • Obtain all necessary permits before you arrive. Unsure of which permits you need? Download our handy permit flow chart!
  • Submit a completed live vertebrate affidavit if working with vertebrates.

Plan ahead! Reservations for summer housing fill up fast.