The center is equipped with a satellite system and wireless high speed Internet 2. This allows wireless internet access, including web cameras for video conferencing, distance education and data exchange. The system was installed through a partnership of Clemson University, the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Tachyon, the satellite dish manufacturer. It is the most active satellite station in ADEC’s international network.
The lodge also includes a class/meeting room that seats up to 25, a small library of scientific reference material, maps and student research papers, and a laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, the site includes a greenhouse and more than 150 acres of rainforest, successional forest and agricultural land. Visiting scientists should bring any specialized equipment needed for their research or teaching, including computers with wireless internet cards. In some circumstances, arrangements can be made to ship your equipment ahead of time to avoid any luggage restrictions.
Past research projects include studies of local bats, reptiles, amphibians, insects, crustaceans, birds, stream water habitats and plant life. An insect collection and herbarium are housed in museum-grade cabinetry; corresponding databases are in development. Inventories of the plant and bird species at Springfield also are being developed.
A computer laboratory provides access to previous research databases from the Archbold Center, as well as to electronic journals. Data includes research findings, student reports, published articles, maps, photographs, and taxonomic keys. A virtual herbarium of island plants is being developed. 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.