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About SWRS

Biological Field Station

Chiricahua Mountains

Southeastern Arizona


The Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) is a year round field station under the direction of the
Science Department at the  American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY). Since 1955, it has served biologists, geologists, and anthropologists interested in studying the diverse environments and biotas of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.


The Station welcomes scientists and advanced students from all parts of the country and from abroad to carry out their research projects. Investigators live in comfortable cabins or dorm rooms provided with linens and blankets, and take their meals, cafeteria-style, in the pleasant atmosphere of a common dining room. The main house contains our dining room and lounge with fireplace. Outside is a large swimming pool, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit. The area is laced with trails for hiking and climbing amongst spectacular scenery. The Station is open year-round but scientists must cook for themselves from early November through early March. Facilities in the Osborn Memorial Laboratory complex include library, insect collection, herbarium, vertebrate collections, photography lab., etc. Completed in 1992, the Technical Equipment Laboratory provides excellent microscopic facilities, constant temperature chambers, chemical hood, precision balances, centrifuges, etc. Outdoor animal pens and an Animal Behavior Observatory afford outstanding facilities for behavioral ecology studies. Classes from colleges and universities may use the Station. Amateur naturalists and bird watchers are accommodated when space is available.


The Seminar Room, Education Building, and laboratories are wired with Fiber Optic internet. Wireless internet can be accessed throughout the station. 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). We also have a small computer room that you may use if you have not brought a personal laptop.