Meeman Biological Station Mission Statement


The mission of MBS is to provide critical knowledge associated with ecology, environmental biology and natural history and to conduct research, teaching and service programs that advance and promote the dynamic interactions between people and natural ecosystems in rural to urban settings using experiential, inquiry-based learning methods.


MBS was established to encourage and foster scientific pursuits in the areas of ecology, environmental biology and natural history and to provide sites in a natural setting from which research and instruction could be conducted by qualified investigators. MBS provides opportunities for significant study and research of organisms in their natural habitats, offering an "outdoor laboratory and classroom" for experiential teaching and research that cannot be duplicated in a conventional University setting.


The vision of MBS is to provide an interdisciplinary unit within the University of Memphis that focuses on sustainability of natural resources, to be recognized for ecological leadership by the University, the regional community and the nation, and to become qualified to compete for recognition and support by the National Science Foundation and other national programs.