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Cranberry Lake Biological Station has a long history as a research hub of the northwestern Adirondack region, with over 115 peer reviewed publications crediting the station. Current research programs span terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem boundaries and include work on white-throated sparrows, deer browsing, and aquatic food webs. Long-term monitoring studies on fish biodiversity and water quality are also ongoing.

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The station has the following strategic research goals:

  1. Grow publicly available long-term monitoring data streams across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  2. Engage students and trainees in the research process.
  3. Support internal (ESF) and external (regional, national, and global) scientists across career stages.
  4. Link research outcomes with local communities and resource managers.

Interested in Conducting Research at CLBS?

If you are interested in conducting research at Cranberry Lake, please complete the research interest form. After you complete the form, we will reach out to you to schedule a meeting to answer questions and discuss details.

Research Interest Form

Funding Opportunities at CLBS

Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation

Competitive funding granted by the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation is available for graduate and post-doctoral researchers interested in conducting research at CLBS. Small grants may cover room and board at CLBS, research supplies, and/or researcher stipends. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards typically range from $2,000 – $4,000, but do not exceed $5,000. 


Undergraduate Research Fellowship

CLBS is launching an undergraduate research fellowship program. Fellows will have the full cost of room and board for three weeks covered, as well as the cost of tuition to enroll in EFB 498 (independent research). This fellowship would fulfill the requirements of a field elective for students requiring one. Fellows will also be eligible to receive up to $500 dollars to support their research.

Grober Graduate Fellowship

The Dr. Samuel Grober '38 Graduate Fellowship supports the work of graduate students in the area of forest health and ecosystems research, and teaching at CLBS. To apply research must be conducted at CLBS and/or its surroundings.


Facilities at CLBS

Grober Research Lab 

The lab was constructed through a generous gift from Samuel Grober ’38. It is a wet lab with bench space, a small office, a drying oven, vacuum pump, heating and stirring plates, microscopes, and fridge and freezer space. 


There are three options for lodging at the station: 1. Private 2–3-bedroom cabin with bathroom and kitchen, 2. A bedroom in a shared cabin, and 3. A private room in our lodge which consists of a shared living space and shared bathrooms.


Canoes and small motorboats are available for use by visiting researchers with permission. Docking space at the CLBS marina is also available.


The CLBS property consists of nearly 1,000 acres on the eastern shore of Cranberry Lake plus three small islands, which together amounts to approximately 6 miles of shoreline, and a network of over 7 miles of trails with easy connections the Cranberry 50 trail circuit. Habitats represented include spruce wetland, poor fen, streams, beaver ponds, second growth forests, and historic pine plantations.