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Summer Research Support

Proposals for summer research at Montclair State University’s New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) are now being accepted. The School of Conservation is the largest and oldest university field station delivering environmental education programs in the western hemisphere. For over 60 years, the NJSOC has incorporated a two-prong approach to fostering a greater understanding of natural systems, by supporting scientific research and delivering environmental education programs. International leaders in environmental education from twenty countries have used the educational model developed at the School of Conservation to create and deliver similar programs around the planet.

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The field station is located at the base of the Kittatinny Ridge within Stokes State Forest in northwestern New Jersey. Over the years a number of scientists have used the 240-acre campus and the surrounding 32,000 acres of Stokes State Forest and High Point State Park to conduct research. Important research projects in ecology involving birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mollusks, insects and plants have based their operations at the field center. The diverse habitats of the school have enabled graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and university faculty members to carry out significant research in ecology, conservation, animal behavior, systematics, biological diversity and evolutionary biology. Upland deciduous forests dominate Stokes and Highpoint, with spring-fed streams, lakes and ponds, wetlands and bogs, and coniferous stands dotting the landscape. The adjoining Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area contains 70,000 acres of alluvial floodplain and mixed deciduous forest of the Appalachians along a 40-mile stretch of the upper Delaware River.

Research support provided by the College of Science and Math helps to foster and support scientific research at the field station and include housing, food and laboratory space to qualified researchers. These grants are designed to support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, evolution, geology, animal behavior, taxonomy, biochemistry and other academic disciplines.

Summer research support will be awarded to selected graduate and post-graduate investigators for studying the flora and fauna of the environs within and surrounding the field station. Although there is no stipend available this year, room and board will be provided. All proposals must include an abstract, background and significance of the research, objectives, and methods of study to be employed. The principal investigator should also list all current research projects and submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae. The names and contact information of three references dealing specifically with the proposed work at the field station should also be submitted.

The deadline for summer research proposals is April 15th. Research proposals and letters of reference can be emailed to, with “MSU/SOC Research Proposal” in the subject line. Acceptable file formats are MS Word and PDF. All proposals must include a completed NJSOC Application Form. Investigators will be notified via email once their application materials have been received. All proposals will be reviewed by our Research Advisory Committee and the results will be announced by April 30th. Any additional questions or clarification of the proposal process can be obtained by emailing (address above) or by calling 973-655-4646 ext 19. View the application for summer research.