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Visiting Scientists

Tall Timbers staff scientists and biologists conduct collaborative research with a large number of researchers from across the U.S. Collaborative researchers not on staff are considered Visiting Scientists. This includes graduate students and their major advisors. Scientists from academia and natural resource management agencies bring diverse views, perspectives and philosophies that add to the day-to-day dynamics among scientists and staff. The interactions between and among visiting researchers and staff scientists at Tall Timbers is a key component for a creative research program.

Because we have a large number of projects ongoing, some basic guidelines are outlined below and must be followed so that conflicts are minimized. In all situations, projects conducted by visiting scientists must be compatible with the overall research mission at Tall Timbers.

Researchers interested in conducting research on Tall Timbers owned or managed lands should contact Jennifer Roberts,  Research Coordinator or a research staff scientist or biologist aligned with their area of interest with an inquiry about staff sponsorship. The staff sponsor serves as a liaison between the visiting scientist and the institution.

There are two main categories of Visiting Scientists at Tall Timbers: (1) Visiting Researchers and (2) Research Associates. In both cases, Visiting Researchers and Research Associates at Tall Timbers must have a staff sponsor from the Research Department.

Visiting Researcher

A Visiting Researcher is anyone not on the staff who conducts research on the grounds of Tall Timbers Research Station or on any other land managed by Tall Timbers.

Visiting Researchers provide their own transportation, computer and word processing needs, long-distance phone calls, and postage. They must have a staff sponsor. The sponsor will coordinate activities with other projects and land management activities, and will facilitate research whenever possible. In addition, the sponsor will serve as the Visiting Researchers’ primary contact with Tall Timbers. It is the responsibility of Visiting Researcher to maintain close communication with their sponsor throughout the project. Visiting researchers may want to collaborate on some projects with members of Tall Timbers Staff.


The main research facility at Tall Timbers Research Station is the Stoddard Research Laboratory – Wade Research Center. The original Stoddard Research Laboratory is a 9,416 square foot building built in 1969 named in honor of Herbert L. Stoddard, Sr., a pioneering naturalist and ornithologist, who wrote the classic book on the life history of the bobwhite quail (Stoddard 1931). In 2001 renovations were completed to the Stoddard Lab with an additional 8,103 square feet of floor space added. One objective of the renovation and expansion projects was to provide office and laboratory space for visiting scientists who come to Tall Timbers each year to work and study.

Currently, the Wade Research Center has five labs (Game Bird Lab, Fire Ecology Lab, Stoddard Bird Lab, GIS Lab, Wild Turkey Lab), 30 offices, the Natural History Museum, which houses all collections (Robert Godfrey Herbarium, Herbert Stoddard Bird Collection, Roy Komarek Mammal Collection, Lucien Harris Jr. Lepidoptera Collection, and others). The Center also houses the Parker-Williams Library with a rare book collection. Wireless internet is available throughout most buildings. Storage space is limited. Costs associated with use of the facility may be downloaded below (Fees Associated with Conducting Research at Tall Timbers).


Living Quarters. Two small housing units, The Den and the Sloan House, are located about 0.5 km from the main campus and serve as short-term housing for visiting scientists, interns and graduate students. Together, these two buildings provide dormitory-style sleeping accommodations for a total of 8 people. The Collins House (one single-family home), accommodates visiting scientists, interns and graduate students. It can house up to 7 people. A multiple occupancy unit, The Walter Lodge, which will accommodate 16 people, is also available. Lisa Baggett coordinates housing (e-mail:; 850-893-4253, x241).

Approval of Research Projects, Facilities and Resource Use

All visiting researchers must obtain approval through the Director of Research prior to submission of applications for extramural funding, or initiation of any research project through or on Tall Timbers (approval form may be downloaded below). In the case of grant proposals for extramural funding, this signed approved form will accompany all proposals. No work will be initiated at Tall Timbers or on properties under Tall Timbers’ management purview by visiting researchers unless this approval form is signed and accompanies the proposal and annual plan of work. A Research Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement form must also be signed and submitted with your application.

Please choose the application type that best fits the purpose of your visit to Tall Timbers and submit it for approval. Submission of an application does not guarantee your request or project will be approved. Download, and complete the form and return it to Dr. Bill Palmer, Director of Research. Email Bill Palmer

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List of Tall Timbers’ Current Visiting Researchers:

  • David Almquist, Florida Natural Areas Inventory
  • Jake Blackstock, Auburn University
  • Dale G. Brockway, USDA-Forest Service
  • Mark A. Deyrup, PhD, Archbold Biological Station
  • Graham Hickling, PhD, University of Tennessee
  • Jason Fridley, PhD, Syracuse University
  • Dean & Sally Jue, Florida State University
  • Gina Kent, Avian Research & Conservation, Inc.
  • Ken Meyar, PhD, Avian Research & Conservation, Inc.
  • Heinz Muller-Scharer, PhD, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Amanda Powell, Avian Research & Conservation
  • Jean Tsao, PhD, Michigan State University
  • Jennifer J. Weber, PhD, Fordham University, Bronx, NY
  • Justin Wright, PhD, Duke University

Research Associates

A Tall Timbers Research Associate is an individual who has contributed substantially over time to the ecological and land management research goals of Tall Timbers. This honorary title, which is reviewed periodically, is given to special individuals who are nominated by the staff and who receive unanimous approval by the Science and Land Management Committee. Associates who conduct research on Tall Timbers’ study sites or use Tall Timbers facilities must follow all policies related to visiting researchers.

Listing of current Tall Timbers Research Associates: