The main purpose of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve field lab is to enhance research and teaching in the environmental sciences on the Indiana University campus. Life science is a major emphasis of Indiana University. And, in consideration of large scale global climate change, pollutants, limitations of food production, and ever-increasing needs for clean water, the field lab helps position IU as a real world problem solver in the 21st century.
Construction of the 6000-square-foot Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve field lab was completed in April 2009. This innovative building serves as a laboratory classroom in a natural setting (situated near University Lake on the Griffy Woods property) and is the first LEED-certified building at IU Bloomington. The field lab will be a hub for environmental research and teaching--fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among geologists, biologists, geographers, climatologists, and other environmental scientists.
Commitment to Excellence in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science funds paid for building plans and construction. A National Science Foundation grant covered the cost to connect the new facility to the Internet via fiber optic lines.
The facility houses three labs for "dirty" field work, one for "clean" work (e.g., data entry and research collaboration), and a teaching/prep lab. There is a meeting room/classroom. There will be high-tech monitoring equipment for various disciplines including meteorology, geology, hydrology, biology, ecology, and other earth sciences; and continuous monitors of weather, stream flow, and other data.