Archbold Biological Station

Research Conservation Education "Like no other place on Earth"

aka Archbold Biological Station   |   Venus, FL   |  www.archbold-station.org

Mission

The mission of Archbold Biological Station is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Dr. Hilary Swain

Main address

123 Main Drive

Venus, FL 33960 USA

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EIN

23-6400408

NTEE code info

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Research

Ecological Research Programs include Avian Ecology, Herpetology, Restoration Ecology, Plant Ecology, Entomology, Agro-ecology, and Disease Ecology. Ecological studies at Archbold Biological Station take advantage of opportunities for research in a landscape mosaic ranging from pristine Florida scrub at the Station and other conservation lands along the Lake Wales Ridge, to restoration sites particularly the Archbold Reserve, fragmented suburban landscapes and intensively managed lands throughout the Florida scrub ecosystem. Staff and visiting scientists study the ecological patterns and processes, employing both observational and experimental approaches in short- and long-term studies. Research spans the entire spectrum of modern ecology including Population Biology, Evolutionary Ecology, Animal Behavior, Physiological Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Landscape Ecology and Biogeography, Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology. Systematics and Taxonomy are additional areas of interest.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Archbold is dedicated to sharing its knowledge and habitat with students of many ages, from 3rd grade through continuing adult education. We provide environmental education to Grades 3-5 of the Highlands Co. and neighboring counties. Staff Research Biologists have faculty affiliations at University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, and Florida Institute of Technology. Graduate students from these and other institutions may be advised by Station faculty. Other students conduct independent graduate work at Archbold and Buck Island Ranch. More than 200 masters and doctoral theses from universities throughout North America, Europe, and Australia have stemmed from research at Archbold. Research training is provided through undergraduate or graduate internships. Competitive internships provide room, board, and a stipend, allowing qualified students to participate in staff research projects and to conduct independent projects of their own design. Visiting classes from colleges and universities around the country regularly use Archbold to conduct field courses or carry out independent research projects. Experience at Archbold has stimulated countless students to pursue careers in the life sciences. These classes can be accommodated in housing facilities for up to several weeks. General Public is invited to visit Archbold, where many opportunities can learn more about the Florida scrub through a variety of continuing education programs. Guided tours are available on request and Archbold staff frequently presents talks to area groups about research and conservation activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

We focus on land acquisition to protect the last precious remnants of scrub around Archbold and the Lake Wales Ridge. Our research has had increasing relevance and urgency for conservation: cognizing the scrub system as one of global importance and under threat; spurring acquisition of the last remaining parcels of Florida scrub on the Lake Wales Ridge;
understanding the conservation needs of some of the rarest listed species in North America; promoting the necessary land management activities, prescribed fire in particular, required to keep the scrub ecosystem viable; guiding the restoration of degraded scrub habitat.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property 2007

Awards

LEED Platinum Certification for the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center and Adrian Archbold Lodge 2012

U.S. Green Building Council

Outstanding Private Development Award 2012

Florida Planning & Zoning Association

Award of Excellence / Green Projects Award 2011

The Heart of Florida Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association

Best Practice Award 2012

Sustainable Florida

Planning Project Award 2012

American Planning Association - Florida Chapter

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2012

Financials

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Archbold Biological Station

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Mary Hufty

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Mary Hufty

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Daniel Alegria

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Lela Love

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

John "Jack" Hufty

Loren Alegria

Dylan Alegria

CIBSR at Stanford School of Medicine

Barbara Stewart

John Fitzpatrick

Cornell University Lab of Ornithology Executive Director

Vevie Dimmitt

Veronica Alegria

Schellie Archbold

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No