»  Researcher


Scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and from other institutions across the country, and around the world conduct research at SWRS.  Fields of interest include entomology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, botany, geology, arachnology, anim
al behavior, and population, behavioral, and physiological ecology.  Numerous long-term
 studies are in progress, including: communal breeding in Mexican jays, evolution of unisexual parthenogenetic lizards, spadefoot toad reproduction, horned lizard ecology and behavior, sexual selection and behavior in striped plateau lizards, the evolution of social behaviors in ants, and insect systematics.

The Seminar Room, Education Building, and laboratories are wired with high speed internet.  We also have a computer room that you may use that has internet.  Wireless is available in most open areas around the station such as the porches outside the rooms, the pool, and at most picnic tables scattered around the station.  Wireless is also available in the triplexes, duplexes and at the dormitories.  We do not guarantee the wireless connection will be available at all times.  Heavy rains and other adverse conditions can sometimes interfere with the wireless.  You are welcome to bring a laptop and use wireless when it is available (about 90% of the time) in the areas mentioned above.
Scientists interested in conducting research at the Station may contact the Station to reserve space by phoning 520-558-2396 or e-mailing swrs@amnh.org. Additionally, researchers must submit a researcher application; those working on vertebrates must sign a Statement and Affidavit and return it (see below), and those working on vertebrates must submit – one month in advance of their arrival - a copy of their institution’s IACUC. Please DO NOT submit your IACUC as a hard copy.  It must be sent electronically via email to dwilson@amnh.org. Approval of document must be obtained before research can begin. Researchers working on vertebrates in Arizona and/or New Mexico must obtain state(s) collecting permit(s).  See links below.
You may download the required fillable application forms, once filled save to your computer, then send as an attachment to swrs@amnh.org 
If necessary, you may fax printed application form to 520-558-2018.
·         Research Application Form 
Funding Opportunities for Student Researchers
The Station has funds available for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students conducting independent research projects on and around the SWRS.
Students must have a researcher application on file at the SWRS before applying.  Students listed as assistants on their advisor's project are not eligible for SWRS support.
The amount of support available ranges from 10-50% of room and board fees.
To apply for a SWRS Student Subsidy please follow the instructions below. 
1. You must apply for either the Chapman or Theodore Roosevelt Grant from the American Museum of Natural History:
a.    If you are working on birds, go to the AMNH web page http://rggs.amnh.org/pages/academics_and_research/fellowship_and_grant_opportunities and download the Chapman grant form.  Fill it out and send it back to the AMNH.  Applications are due 15 November of each year.
b.    If you are working on invertebrates or vertebrates (not birds), go to the AMNH web page http://rggs.amnh.org/pages/academics_and_research/fellowship_and_grant_opportunities and download the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund grant form.  Fill it out and send it back to the AMNH.  Applications are due February 15 of each year.
c.      If you are working on flora, download the Theodore Roosevelt grant fund application (see #2 above) and send it directly to the SWRS, not the AMNH.  The AMNH does not have an application for plants.  Applications are due February 15 of each year.
2. If you receive one of the AMNH grants you are NOT eligible to apply for a student subsidy from the SWRS. 
If you do NOT receive a grant continue to number 3 below. 
3. Please enclose the following in your application for a SWRS student subsidy:
a.    Your letter of rejection from the AMNH for either the Chapman or Theodore Roosevelt Grant
b.    Your proposal with complete budget.  You may use the same application that you used for the AMNH grant.
c.     A letter from your advisor stating that you have no grant or institutional funding available for room and board while conducting your research at the SWRS. 
4. Send your application package to Dawn S. Wilson, Director Southwestern Research Station, P.O. Box 16553, Portal, AZ  85632.  Or email to dwilson@amnh.org


NOTE: Students receiving a SWRS Student Support Fund grant must reside at the station while conducting their research. The Student Support Fund only funds room and board expenses at the SWRS.