ANNOUNCEMENT: Intersession Summer 2017 class at BSFS: Ozarks Lichen Ecology (2 Credits; cross-listed as Bio597 with CRN 35395 and Bio697 with CRN 35396) to be held May 24-25 and May 31-June 1, 2017 with an overnight session the last two days.
This field and lab-based course is suitable for biology/conservation/wildlife majors, pre- and in-service teachers and anyone wishing more insight into the lichen diversity of the Missouri Ozarks. A flier describing the course can be found on the BSFS Education webpage. Permission from the instructor is not required to register for this course.
Attention Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners, Outdoor Interpreters, Natural History Volunteers and Parents who teach children about the natural world:
Ozarks Lichens offers a non-credit option through MSU Continuing Education for 3 CEUs; cost $100 for 4-day class includes CEU certificate from Missouri State. The registration link is http://cbed.missouristate.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp2?&course=170524OZARKS
Additional information about Lichen Ecology for non-credit can be found on the BSFS Education webpage
Our mission is to provide a location for faculty, students, and visiting scientists to conduct research and educational programs that increase public understanding of southwest Missouri ecosystems.
Field Station facilities
The Bull Shoals Field Station operates on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake within the Drury Conservation Area. Our facilities consist of two residential structures, an outdoor shelter, a wet lab, a classroom, and a large garage. We maintain a weather station near the field station that measures and records climatological data including air and soil temperatures, wind direction and speed, fuel temperature and moisture, precipitation, and calculates evapotranspiration. The current weather station has been in operation since 2002. We upgraded the probes and datalogger in 2014. A canopy camera or PhenoCam records phenological events such as forest canopy development and senescence.
Our clientele consists of university classes from Missouri State and classes from other universities in Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas. We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in the summer and during intersession periods between semesters.
Land Ethic leaders
“That land is a community is a basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.” –Aldo Leopold
Contact Celeste Prusssia for more information about the Land Ethic Leaders workshops and programs
Each summer, we operate a week-long conservation biology and leadership development residential program for 16 high school students from southwestern Missouri. The Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) enters its ninth year of operation in 2017.
Field Station accommodations
Researchers, faculty, and students find comfortable accommodations at either of our houses and access to 5600 acres of public lands to study animal, plant, fungal, protist, and bacterial life forms in a wide variety of habitats from glades, grasslands and forests to streams, ponds, and the lake.
Individual research, classes, small conferences, retreats, and educational events can be scheduled by contacting the BSFS staff at JaniceGreene@MissouriState.edu.