The University of Oklahoma Biological Station participates significantly in ecological and evolutionary research on national and international levels. Historically research at the station has ranged broadly across disciplines, including icthyology, ornithology, herpetology, animal behavior, entomology, mammalogy and plant ecology. In more recent years research has focused primarily on aquatic ecology including fish ecology, stream ecology and aquatic invertebrate ecology.
The station's faculty consists of Lawrence J. Weider, Director and Professor; K. David Hambright, Associate Professor; and Gary Wellborn, Associate Professor. They are also Department of Zoology faculty. Weider and Hambright both hold appointments which are 100% UOBS, while Wellborn holds a joint appointment with the Department of Zoology. The Academic Chair of the Department of Zoology and OU Professor, William Matthews, also contributes to the station's research activities.
The station is also home to a number of postdoctoral research associates and OU graduate students.
The research facilities include faculty and staff offices, laboratories, a temperature-controlled greenhouse and a NSF/OU funded Research Park with artificial mesocosms, including a large outdoor experimental stream system*. These facilities are utilized not only by resident faculty, but also by visiting researchers and graduate students.
The station's campus also includes housing for visiting researchers and students.
Extensive research conducted here has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications, doctoral dissertations and master's theses. An online bibliography is available with updates ongoing and UOBS is beginning to post data sets on the Web site based on reseach conducted at the station.
*Matthews, W. J., K.B. Gido, G.P. Garrett, F.P. Gelwick, J.G. Stewart, J Schaefer. 2006. Modular Experimental Riffle-Pool Stream System. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:1559-1566.