What is a Biological Station?
The Laboratory, Nature Center, and Botanical Garden are part of the Station, which is supported in part by the Foundation. The three panels of the logo symbolize these entities: The Nature Center is represented by the salamander, the Botanical Garden by Oconee Bells, and the research and educational dimension of the Station and Foundation is represented by the central panel signifying the ecology of the Highlands Plateau.
Biological field stations and marine labs 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 historical information, and hubs of integrated research; they have the infrastructure to support complex experiments and to maintain long-term projects. They give researchers reliable access to the environment… They accumulate and integrate multidisciplinary, place-based knowledge that provides a baseline from which to evaluate environmental change. They also transform the lives of students of all ages and serve as training grounds fro the next generation of scientific leaders. Finally, they are on the front lines of integrating science into decision-making and of communicating science to the general public.
- Excerpt from Field Stations and Marine Laboratories of the Future: A Strategic Vision written by the Organization of Biological Field Stations