Past research projects include studies of local bats, reptiles, amphibians, insects, crustaceans, birds, stream water habitats and plant life. Dominica’s most extensive herbarium resides at Springfield, with corresponding virtual herbarium available for reference. Permanent plots are being installed throughout the land to monitor aspects of climate change, water quality, plant and animal communities, as well as rainfall and temperature data. Lists are also available of the birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians of Dominica, in addition to a taxonomic key to the island’s major plant communities.
We are establishing a computer laboratory with access to more than 10 years of research databases from the Archbold Center. Data includes research findings, student reports, published articles, virtual herbarium of island plants, maps, photographs, and taxonomic keys. Our goal is to ensure that all researchers and students can perform adequate background research, prepare for field sessions, and optimize their productivity during their stay at the center.