At Missouri S&T’s Ozark Research Field Station (OFRS), you have the chance to make scientific discoveries in a natural outdoor classroom rich in ecological history.
It’s is a place to engage with the natural world — a good field station is interdisciplinary, multipurpose and serves a variety of interests and research targets like biology, chemistry, geology, art, literature, music, poetry and engineering.
The Ozark Research Field Station is a nine-acre biological resource site made available to S&T through its partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Located about 20 miles southwest of Rolla, Missouri on land settled in the 1860s, the site contains ponds, streams, woods, wildlife and a historical house.
Our programs inspire an appreciation of natural history, land ethics and the scientific process.
As the only biological field station in the University of Missouri System, the ORFS gives you real life learning experiences that will help you prepare for meaningful careers involving biology, the environment, conservation, natural resources and more.
The ORFS offers unique, place-based courses taught by Missouri faculty from a variety of academic departments.
It also offers programs for students and the community that involve:
Director, Ozark Research Field Station
Dr. Robin M. Verble joined Missouri S&T in 2018 as founding director of the Ozark Research Field Station (ORFS) and associate professor of biological sciences. From 2012 to 2018, Verble was director of the Center for Fire Ecology at Texas Tech in Lubbock and an assistant professor in the school’s Department of Natural Resources Management. Before that, she worked for three years as the curator of insects at the Watson Museum of Entomology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Verble’s research focuses on the effects of wildland fire on insect community and population structure and individual behavior. Learn more at Verble Fire Ecology Lab.
Caretaker, Ozark Research Field Station
Theo joined Missouri S&T in 2019 as caretaker of the ORFS and lecturer of biological sciences. Sumnicht has worked at field stations across the world for his own research and brings a diverse perspective and a wealth of enthusiasm to the position.