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Utah Bottoms, site of Rio Mesa.


Yes, we have a new name!

You have probably noticed the new name of the former Rio Mesa Center, now called the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa. For more information on the name change please see the full announcement linked above.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Biology- Undergraduates are currently being sought by Dr. Tim Graham to assist on several biology projects in and around Bonderman Field Station. Interested students should contact Zach Lundeen for more information.

Undergraduate Research Grants

2017 Young Scholar Research Grants 
Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa Young Scholars Awards for U of U grad students and junior faculty. (Application Form)

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Fall 2016 Bird Banding Reports with Pictures

Week 1: 8/24-8/30

Week 2: 8/31-9/6

Week 3: 9/7-9/13

Week 4: 9/14-9/20

Week 5: 9/24-9/27

Week 6: 9/28-10/4

Week 7: 10/5-10/11

Week 8: 10/12-10/18

Week 9: 10/19-10/25



Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa

Located along almost three miles of Dolores River in the magnificent red-rock country of southeastern Utah, The University of Utah's Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa provides opportunities for field-based interdisciplinary research, education, and other academic pursuits that emphasize ecology and the environment, human-environment interaction, or sustainable living on the Colorado Plateau. Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa is a real-world laboratory for integrated thinking about humans and their place in biologically complex, but fragile, systems. The Station promotes research, courses and professional training at the interface of history, anthropology, biology, art and human sustainability around the following themes:

  • Water as the lifeblood of the West
  • Human history and sustainability on the Colorado Plateau
  • Solitude and inspiration

Our facilities are available for research, classes, workshops, and writers- and artists-in-residence.


Support the Field Station

Field House

The field house will allow students and researchers to prepare and process data and will promote interdisciplinary interaction.

The Williard L. Eccles Foundation has provided seed funds for this project.

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Give to the U - Field House

Fellowship Fund

For undergraduates engaged in indepdent work at Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa.

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Named Tent $5000

Named Fire Pit $1500

Bench $1000

Pavers $500

Cottonwood $100

Friend $50

Give to the U - Fellowship Fund


Last Updated: 2/22/17