Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory at Gothic

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 519 Crested Butte CO 81224 USA

Mission: RMBL provides facilities and infrastructure support for research and education in Gothic, Colorado. We also promote the understanding and protection of alpine ecosystems.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the most productive (measured in scientific publications) terrestrial field station in the world, with scientists coming from all over the US and from overseas to work there each summer. A lot of important research on high-altitude ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavioral ecology is conducted there, and many students (undergraduate and graduate) have been trained there. I've worked there every summer since 1971. David Inouye, University of Maryland

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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As a non-scientist member of the Board, I am enormously impressed by the high caliber of the work that goes on at the lab as well as by its outreach to the community and to students of all ages. Additionally, I admire the vision of the trustees and thougtful management provided by the staff. It is a very well run organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing it improve its development efforts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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For students, RMBL provides a total immersion experience in the world of cutting-edge field science. Every summer a collaborative community of scientists from all over the world descends upon Gothic, and students get to be an integral part of it. RMBL is the best place I know of for inspiring and training the next generation of field scientists.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It changed my career trajectory and had a huge positive impact on my life, and I've seen it do the same for many others.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing meals and ideas with fellow scientists, and being able to see first-hand some of the great science that's happening at RMBL

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff are amazing - smart, creative, and incredibly dedicated to RMBL.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the role of field stations in science, so that they become partners with scientists, enabling them to ask deeper questions by building on a well-archived knowledge base - RMBL is already a leader in this but could do much more with $10 million!

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) has been a significant part of my life since my first summer as a beginning graduate student in 1981. I have returned each summer since then to both teach and conduct research at RMBL. The Lab has been transformative in expanding my knowledge of high-elevation plant and animal communities and, in so doing, has enriched my teaching of undergraduate and graduate students about sub-alpine ecology. Through a greater understanding of the natural world, we can strive to preserve it for future generations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enriching my knowledge, as well as that of students and members of the local community. The RMBL hosts >150 people each year from all walks of life and from all over the world. RMBL provides expertise to the local community and national policy makers.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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In its ninth decade of operations, RMBL is an independent biological field station and is the leading center for research into sub-alpine and alpine eco-systems in the U.S. and, perhaps, in the world. Research undertaken at RMBL revealed the existence of acid snow at high elevations and played a role in congressional amendment of the Clean Air Act in 1990. More recently, different experiments at RMBL on marmots and plant life showed how climate change appears to be subtly changing the local and, by extension, other similar ecosystems elsewhere. In short, RMBL is a unique and valuable scientific non-profit operating at the crossroads of major issues that affect human and other life on Earth.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the proliferation research, scientific papers, some of which reach widely-read journals such as "Nature," the abundance of students trained as field biologists and in the impact on thinking about major policy issues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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I have been a student, researcher, and board member at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) over the last 20 years. RMBL is the premier high-altitude field station in the world, and one of the oldest independent field stations in the country. Science conducted at the RMBL has contributed to our fundamental understanding of how montane ecosystems work, how human society depends upon them for many of our needs, and how we are affecting them through our actions. RMBL also has a thriving educational program and vibrant outreach activities that engage the general public in the scientific work done there. RMBL is on a growth trajectory right now, and it needs your support. This support will be highly leveraged by a large number of scientific and historic grants and donations from a diverse donor base.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A variety of ways, ranging from participating in its education program to participating in the scientific research that is done there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Terrific and highly motivated, with a high level of professionalism.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach another level in its mission of scientific research (to understand fundamental ecological processes - how the natural world works, and ecosystem services) and education and outreach

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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