Leibniz Research Alliance on biodiversity

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Biological field research stations in the tropics

Research stations are the basis for the study of biodiversity in remote areas of the Earth. They allow scientists to carry out their studies in the field or in laboratories on site and are essential, in particular for long-term projects concerned with the detection of global changes.

The LVB Institutes and research museums operate numerous research stations in different climate and vegetation zones worldwide to study various ecosystems (e.g., mangroves, savannas, dry forests, and rain forests). The stations offer different infrastructural conditions depending on the research topics, regions, and partners addressed. The scientific work carried out in them ranges from studies of behavioral biology to the creation of inventories of species and ecological communities, and the exploration of habitats and interrelations among the various levels of biodiversity.

Map of overseas biological field research stations