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History and Mission


Male student at microscope - LGThe 113 acre property was previously the estate of Louis Calder, chairman of the Perkins-Goodwin Paper Company. The Louis Calder Foundation generously donated the property to Fordham University in 1967, which formally established the field station as the "Louis Calder Center."

During 1992-1993, Calder Hall was renovated and modernized with additional funds from the Louis Calder Foundation. It serves as a focal point for visitors, conferences and day-to-day activities of the research station.


The mission of the LCC is to:

  • Support scientific and interdisciplinary research in ecology, evolution, and conservation.  
  • Provide opportunities to study the connections between human actions and the changing landscape in laboratories integrated within a field environment.
  • Provide hands-on education for students of diverse backgrounds and academic levels.  
  • Enable our researchers to engage the broader community in scientific understanding of the environment.