The Louis Calder Center

The Louis Calder Center The Louis Calder Center is the Biological Field Station of Fordham University.

The Louis Calder Center (LCC) is the Biological Field Station of Fordham University. -It is a protected, forested preserve that is located only 25 miles north of New York City. -It supports research by members of the Biological Sciences Department at Fordham University, as well as from other institutions in the region and the nation. -It is unique among other well-equipped research stations by offering opportunities to study relatively undisturbed communities near New York City. -It provides many urban students their first opportunity to examine the natural world first-hand. The field station comprises 113 forested acres with a variety of ecosystems and communities available for study, including: -Mixed deciduous forest. The forested vegetation is typical of mid-successional forests in the Mid-Atlantic region. Northern Red and Black oaks dominate the canopy. The understory is composed of late-successional species including Sugar Maple, Red Maple and American Beech. Stands of Eastern Hemlock occur in shady areas. -Mesotrophic lake. The 10-acre seepage- and spring-fed Calder Lake supports diverse plant communities. -Wetlands. Small ponds, streams and wetlands with skunk cabbage, cattail, arrowhead, and wild rice are habitats for many animals. -Old fields. The station maintains small (1-2 acre) patches of old field that are typical of the ecosystem mosaics in southern New York. The laboratories at the LCC are well equipped for ecological studies and support research as well as graduate and undergraduate educational programs on a wide variety of topics.

Mission: The mission of the Louis Calder Center is to: -Support scientific and interdisciplinary research in ecology, evolution, and conservation. -Provide opportunities to study the connections between human actions and the changing landscape in laboratories integrated within a field environment. -Provide hands-on education for students of diverse backgrounds and academic levels. -Enable our researchers to engage the broader community in scientific understanding of the environment.

Program Announcement: Freshwater Algae Identification Workshop from  June 13 - June 27, 2019. Space is still available. ...
02/11/2019

Program Announcement: Freshwater Algae Identification Workshop from June 13 - June 27, 2019. Space is still available. Registration deadline is May 1, 2019. Fee: $1800 w/housing. Register at www.fordham.edu/FWalgaeID

Want to be a citizen scientist? Join our experts on 4/19 and learn more about the salamanders, frogs and toads that inha...
04/11/2018

Want to be a citizen scientist? Join our experts on 4/19 and learn more about the salamanders, frogs and toads that inhabit our field station. Help us to count the amphibian species around Calder’s wetlands. Space is limited. Register by 4/17.

Need to hone your algae ID skills? Want to gain a more thorough understanding of how algae can be used to assess water q...
01/09/2018

Need to hone your algae ID skills? Want to gain a more thorough understanding of how algae can be used to assess water quality? Then join Dr. John Wehr this summer by registering for his Freshwater Algae Identification Workshop from June 14th to June 29th 2018. http://fordham.edu/FWalgaeID .

Help us with a major conservation effort at the Louis Calder Center, Fordham’s biological field station in Armonk.  Ou...
10/27/2017

Help us with a major conservation effort at the Louis Calder Center, Fordham’s biological field station in Armonk.

Our goal is to grow a native plant pollinator garden outside of the historic Calder Hall that will attract bees and butterflies, providing food for migrating Monarchs and local insects, habitat for birds and small mammals, and research/educational opportunities for undergrad and graduate students. The garden will link to a planned woodland phenology trail where time in the forest can be used to help us track the effects of climate change on plants and trees.

This work will be the start of a long-term monitoring effort and will support the Calder Center's mission of "making new scientists."

Giving Link: http://gvcmp.us/53zyg3

The Louis Calder Center
08/30/2017

The Louis Calder Center

CSUR 2017 undergrads did an awesome job presenting their research findings! Lots of science in 8 short weeks!  Thank you...
08/09/2017
Calder Symposium Takes On Bats, Fungi, and Climate Change

CSUR 2017 undergrads did an awesome job presenting their research findings! Lots of science in 8 short weeks! Thank you Dr. Sarah Whorley for inspiring us to "provide more science engagement opportunities to the public."
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Merve Karakaya enrolled at Fordham knowing that she wanted become a physician, but as she advanced in her studies, she realized there were other areas in science that she wanted to discover.“Oftentimes people follow the traditional path of medi

CSUR Symposium tomorrow @9:30 AM.  Don't miss your chance to hear about the research conducted by our Fordham undergrads...
08/03/2017

CSUR Symposium tomorrow @9:30 AM. Don't miss your chance to hear about the research conducted by our Fordham undergrads this summer! Also great to have Dr. Sarah Whorley returning to Calder as the Keynote speaker!

Once again our Algal Identification Workshop was a huge success!  Thanks to our resident algae expert, professor Dr. Joh...
07/26/2017

Once again our Algal Identification Workshop was a huge success! Thanks to our resident algae expert, professor Dr. John Wehr for his valuable instruction!

2017 SUMMER WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENTFRESHWATER ALGAE IDENTIFICATION (BISC 5512)June 15 - June 29, 2017Instructor: John Wehr...
03/29/2017
Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop | Fordham

2017 SUMMER WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT

FRESHWATER ALGAE IDENTIFICATION (BISC 5512)
June 15 - June 29, 2017
Instructor: John Wehr, PhD. ([email protected])

This workshop will embark on a study of the largest, most diverse, and arguably the most important group of plants on earth: the algae. Algae form the base of aquatic food webs, and are both the cause of water quality issues and a tool in ecological assessments used to protect inland waters. Students will learn the features that distinguish and are used to identify members of all major groups of freshwater algae, as well as the methods of collecting, quantifying, and growing algae. The workshop will also emphasize the ecology and diversity of algae in freshwater habitats; introduce methods for using algae to assess water quality and the integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

Class size is limited to 15. Registration closes May 2nd.

Workshop fee: $1000 (includes housing/ meals not provided)

For more information regarding housing and registration: http://www.fordham.edu/FWAlgaeID

Freshwater Algae Identification Intensive Summer Workshop -

Calder Job Posting - Research Technician (FT), lab and field, close to NYC, BS (Biology/related field) required; MS pref...
10/20/2016

Calder Job Posting - Research Technician (FT), lab and field, close to NYC, BS (Biology/related field) required; MS preferred. Start ASAP

On Wed (8/3) come listen to #REU students present their research from the summer @FordhamLibrary @fordhamnotes https://t...
07/28/2016
Louis Calder Center on Twitter

On Wed (8/3) come listen to #REU students present their research from the summer @FordhamLibrary @fordhamnotes https://t.co/HQinD8EBdG

“On Wed (8/3) come listen to #REU students present their research from the summer @FordhamLibrary @fordhamnotes”

Our algae course has been a great success!
06/28/2016
Calder Center Hosts New Field-Based Course

Our algae course has been a great success!

If you want to know how healthy a body of water is, there’s no better bellwether than algae, the vast array of photosynthetic organisms that can range from microscopic to hundreds of feet long.

06/24/2016

Retweeted FWS Journal (@FreshwaterSci):

@DrAlgaeGirl @LouisCalderCtr That is our first issue! What a nice surprise to see it this morning.

Retweeted Chelsea Butcher (@urbanplanteco):@fordhamnotes, @FordhamGSAS, @LouisCalderCtr alum Will Haffey is writing a we...
06/21/2016
Choosing Binoculars For Birding: What You Need To Know

Retweeted Chelsea Butcher (@urbanplanteco):

@fordhamnotes, @FordhamGSAS, @LouisCalderCtr alum Will Haffey is writing a weekly birding article: https://t.co/oNSroBVcSE

In addition to a trustworthy field guide, the most indispensable tool for birding is a pair of binoculars. While it's true one can watch birds with the naked eye, the magnification provided by binoculars makes identification easier and t...

06/17/2016
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Dr. John Wehr sharing his brown algae wisdom for the Algae Class at Macedonia Brook, Kent CT

This week Calder welcomes our first summer workshop with the start of our Alal Taxonomy course in our newly renovated la...
06/17/2016

This week Calder welcomes our first summer workshop with the start of our Alal Taxonomy course in our newly renovated lakeside lodge! Lots to learn in two weeks :)

Learn more about Fordham's Biological Research Center!
06/16/2016

Learn more about Fordham's Biological Research Center!

Calder Lake, the 1,200 foot long lake in the middle of the 113-acre Louis Calder Biological Field Station, is finally accessible from all points, thanks to work by Fordham's facilities crews.

Over the last two years, workers cleared out overgrown shrubbery and dead trees, many of which were felled by the winds of Hurricane Sandy. The eastern shore path is now open to visitors—part of a half-mile, easy-to-follow loop around the lake and through the surrounding forest.

More here: http://tinyurl.com/hqefe76

It's a beautiful day for research!
06/13/2016

It's a beautiful day for research!

Fordham University
06/10/2016

Fordham University

Moss, as seen from a walk along the newly restored hiking trail at Fordham's Calder Biological Field Station in Armonk.

CSUR 2016
06/09/2016

CSUR 2016

Calder Center welcomes our latest group of summer undergrad #womaninscience researchers #csur2016 #reu
06/09/2016

Calder Center welcomes our latest group of summer undergrad #womaninscience researchers #csur2016 #reu

The Louis Calder Center's cover photo
06/09/2016

The Louis Calder Center's cover photo

The Louis Calder Center
06/09/2016

The Louis Calder Center

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