The Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station is a live-in biological research station providing easy access to a wide range of ecosystems in the New Jersey Pine Barrens for research projects and field study in university courses.

Affiliated researchers include faculty from the Rutgers New Brunswick and Camden campuses as well as from many other universities, not just from the northeast but internationally. The U.S. Forest Service also conducts research at the station.

Located in Silas Little Experimental Forest, the station became formally affiliated with the Rutgers University Division of Pinelands Research in 1985.

Its facilities include laboratories, a greenhouse and growth chambers, a meeting room, a workshop and a dormitory. A weather station is also located on the property.

An advisory committee meets annually with the director and staff to adivse on directions for research, sources of funding and facilities improvement.

The New Jersey Pine Barrens

tree frogThe heavily forested southern New Jersey coastal plains known as the Pine Barrens, or Pinelands, offer a rich diversity of plant life for study. Several of the species, such as the pitch pine, are unusual in their adaptation to once-frequent seasonal wildfires that affect the ecosystem. Read more …

Silas Little Experimental Forest

cat birdThe U.S. Forest Service established the 240-hectare experimental forest in 1932 “for the purpose of conducting studies, experiments and demonstrations in silvics and silviculture.” Located within Brendan Byrne State Forest, the area is home to the Pinelands Field Station. Read more …

Pinelands Field StationVisiting the Field Station

The Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station welcomes visitors who want to work in or around the Pine Barrens to explore the possibilities of using the station and possibly to partner with ongoing research activities.