The Field Station is used as an outdoor laboratory by classes at UWM and other schools and universities. Students often gain their first “hands-on” experience with natural processes at the Field Station; these experiences cannot be duplicated in a laboratory on campus. Students also actively participate in research projects at the Field Station.
The Field Station is heavily used by graduate students: work here has produced 146 dissertations and theses since 1970. If you are a graduate student interested in conducting research at the Field Station, please see “Visiting the Station” and fill out the “Request for Permission to Carry Out a Research Project” Form.
A number of UWM faculty have active research projects at the Field Station and accept graduate students who conduct their research here. Prospective graduate students should visit our “research page” for help in finding an advisor with an ongoing research project at the Field Station. Please contact Jim Reinartz or Gretchen Meyer at the Field Station for more information about applying to graduate school at UWM.
The Field Station can support a limited number of UWM graduate students as Project Assistants. We generally employ several students in the summer, and one or two during the academic year. Please contact Jim Reinartz or Gretchen Meyer at the Field Station for more information.
Undergraduate students can earn credit for participating in internships and research projects at the Field Station. UWM undergraduates can enroll in independent study classes through the Department of Biological Sciences or Conservation and Environmental Science for 1-6 credits, depending on the project. Projects can be undertaken during the spring, summer, or fall semesters. Contact Jim Reinartz or Gretchen Meyer at the Field Station for more information.
The Field Station sometimes employs undergraduates in the summer for work in natural area management and stewardship. Most of these positions require strenuous physical field work such as various exotic species control activities. In addition to learning to do natural area management work, employees have the opportunity to gain experience in other areas such as surveying, plant identification, and vegetation description methods. The Field Station also helps local, non-profit conservation organizations fill positions in natural area management.