Facilities

The USGS Fort Collins Science Center has created many opportunities to work with partners and clients both on and off site. 

  • Offsite, FORT scientists are collocated at two universities, a national park, and a sister DOI agency, where they work on issues pertinent to those locations and partners.
  • At FORT headquarters, our building shares a campus with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the building itself was designed to provide an advanced and expandable computing infrastructure, different types of meeting areas, secure wireless connections, and ample, adaptable laboratory space. In 2010 we added high performance and high-throughput computing for conducting complicated data analyses.

Together with our exceptional staff of federal, partner, and contract scientists and professionals, the Fort Collins Science Center and its field stations offer a variety of facilities and services largely unique to the USGS, all of which support novel research and expert collaborations that address diverse and complex science questions. Click on the following links to learn more about each facility.

Located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, the Arid Lands Field Station was established to address natural resource and wildlife issues in the Southwest, focusing primarily on issues relevant to land and resource management agencies. Field station scientists have particular expertise in the mammals, birds and arthropods of Southwestern ecosystems. Station scientists conduct research and address management issues related to ecosystem dynamics, species responses to natural and human-induced change, and the Southwestern habitats that are important to these taxa.

The Jemez Mountains Field Station is a globally connected, place-based ecological research group that interprets ecosystem dynamics, delivers creative solutions, and works on-site with land managers and community leaders to foster the linked health of human and natural systems.

The Daniel Beard Center in Everglades National Park provides the base for most of the field work done on the control of invasive reptiles by USGS Fort Collins Science Center staff. The team works in Everglades National Park, Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and other parts of the greater Everglades ecosystem focusing on, among other species of concern, the Burmese python.

The Guam facility houses the USGS Invasive Species Rapid Response Team. This team was established to help prevent the spread of invasive Brown Treesnakes through screening, risk assessment, outreach, and training for field response efforts. The Brown Treesnake project partners include DOI Office of Insular Affairs, USDA National Wildlife Research Center and Wildlife Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and State and Island governments.