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About the LCC

About the Louis Calder Center

History and Importance

The Louis Calder Center is the Biological Field Station of Fordham University, supporting field research for scientists regionally and nationally. The LCC is a protected, forested preserve that is located only 25 miles north of New York City.
The 113 acre property was previously the estate of Louis Calder, chairman of the Perkins-Goodwin Company. The Calder Foundation generously donated the prop
erty to Fordham University in 1967, which formally established the field station as the "Louis Calder Center."

Calder Hall was renovated and modernized with funds from the Calder Foundation during 1992-1993. It serves as a focal point for visitors, conferences and day-to-day activities of the research station. The original character of the 90-year-old building was retained while providing modern workspaces and full wheelchair access.

Current Biological Station

The current station encompasses 19 buildings used for laboratory and office space, educational programs, equipment storage, and residences.  Research and educational programs are contained in six principal buildings: the McCarthy Laboratories (constructed 1970), Lodge (original), two greenhouses, Calder Hall, and Routh House.

For over 40 years, the station has supported research by members of the department of Biological Sciences at Fordham University, as well as from other institutions in the region and the nation.

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.

The Calder Center is the middle site along a 130 km urban-forest transect, the Urban-Rural Gradient Experiment (URGE), and supports the longest running ecological field study of Lyme Disease in the country. Today, the Calder Center is one of the most important assets in Fordham's educational progarm.

The forest, 10-acre lake, and streams comprising the station are contiguous with a 3,400 hectare forested watershed (part of a larger 510,000 ha forest-watershed system), which supplies drinking water for the New York metropolitan region.

The station collects climate and other ecological data and maintains several long-term databases on the chemical and biological features of the station and its surroundings.

The LCC has a strong record of providing students at several levels (graduate, undergraduate, and high school) with opportunities to conduct experimental manipulations in natural systems to test ecological theory, and to quantify the impacts of human disturbance.

The Calder Center is unique among other well-equipped research stations by offering opportunities to study relatively undisturbed communities near New York City, and affords many urban students their first opportunity to examine the natural world first-hand.

Support for research and education activities at the station have come from a wide variety of sources including:

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