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FordhamScience: The Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station


The Calder Center was established in 1967 for ecological research and environmental education. Its 113 forested acres offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop hands-on skills in field biology and environmental studies. The Calder Center is one of the few field stations in North America with relatively undisturbed communities near a large urban center.

The center’s research faculty and scientists from other research institutions direct a diversity of research programs, including work on ecosystem responses to loss of eastern hemlock due to exotic insects and climate change, ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, avian population dynamics, urban wildlife ecology, behavioral and biochemical adaptations of mammals to extreme environments, the role of ectomycorrhizal fungi in forest soils and their responses to control burning and wildfire, and the role of benthic algae in stream food webs.

Fordham University’s partnerships with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the New York Botanical Garden foster collaboration between Calder Center researchers and scientists at these institutions.

Calder Center Background and Research Profiles

Fordham’s Calder Center Named State Entomology Lab

Calder Director Measures Aquatic Health in Upper Mississippi

Scientist Charts Effects of Climate Change on Hibernating Chipmunks

Fordham Plays Key Role in Gathering Pollen Counts That Reach a Wide Audience

Calder Center Awarded NIH Grant to Study Tick Pathogens

Fordham Biologists Create Index to Measure Tick Risk

Calder Center Photo Gallery

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