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What is Place-Based Research?

Field stations and marine labs (FSMLs) have been centers of environmental science for a century — the places where scientists go to study environmental processes in their natural context. They are crucibles of innovation and discovery, storehouses of increasingly critical…

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OBFS-NAML 2014 Joint Meeting

Windows to the World: Networking FSMLs to Address Environmental Change National Association of Marine Laboratories Organization of Biological Field Stations Joint Meeting September 20th to 24th, 2014 Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole MA This will be the first joint meeting…

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About This Website

Place-based research stations provide living libraries and outdoor laboratories for students, researchers, and the general public interested in the environment. They include both marine laboratories whose focus is offshore, as well as terrestrial reserves dedicated to protecting key ecosystems. Field…



Travel Grants for 2014 Joint Meeting

Apply now for a travel grant to get to the 2014 Joint Meeting!


National Research Council Publication on FSMLs Released

The Pre-publication report was released July 23, 2014. Download a PDF Copy, or read online


National Academies Report Release July 23rd

National Research Council public briefing for release of Strategic Planning Report

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About OBFS

The Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) is a non-profit multinational organization representing field stations and research centers around the globe.

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About NAML

The National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) is a nonprofit organization of over 120 members representing marine and Great Lakes laboratories stretching from Guam to Bermuda and Alaska to Puerto Rico.

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Strategic Vision

The Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) and the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) produced a report to help FSMLs meet the dynamic and changing needs of scientists, students, and the public they serve.

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