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Research Associate Program

The Research Associate Program makes it possible for scientists from around the country to use the "living laboratory" of Mohonk Preserve lands and its long-term natural and cultural history records. Research Associates include college and university faculty and qualified individuals from research institutions. Research staff evaluate all formal proposals for research projects on Preserve lands and recommend qualified projects to the Research Committee for approval.

Hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students have conducted a wide variety of research projects. In addition, dozens of faculty and hundreds of students a year from area colleges and universities use Preserve lands for class visits and faculty and student research. A premier field study site, the Preserve enables researchers to:

  • Access over a century of weather records and over 80 years of natural and cultural history data.
  • Consult with the Preserve’s research staff, who can provide information or suggest field study sites.
  • Benefit from a diverse and complex study site with a wide range of natural and cultural history features.
  • Affiliate with an organization with field-tested research findings that inform land management and environmental education work.

How to Apply

View a list of 2019 Research Associates.

View a list of Daniel Smiley Research Center publications.

For more information about the Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center, the Research Associates Program, and the fellowships, contact: 

Julia Solomon
Director of Conservation Programs

Banner photo by Tom Weiner