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Experience Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa

Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa is an outdoor laboratory for the sciences, humanities, social sciences and cultural studies, stimulating scholarship about a broad range of environmental topics associated with human and natural system interactions. We support research, education, and other academic pursuits that aid in our understanding or appreciation of ecology, the environment, and human-environment interactions. Our mission is to promote and inspire environmental scholarship on the Colorado Plateau. 

Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa emphasizes the following values as we strive to carry out our mission:

  • Water is the lifeblood of the West: Research, education and outreach collectively work to ensure a sound understanding of watersheds and the Dolores River, a key tributary of the Colorado River.
  •  Foster exchange of research knowledge:  Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa provides an outdoor laboratory for inquiry and open sharing of data and research findings.
  •  Foster environmental literacy: Through education programs, Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa trains the next generation of environmental stewards and global citizens.
  •  Land preservation: Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa preserves prime river ecosystems for research and to inform restoration and land management efforts.
  • Embrace land stewardship: Sustainable living is dynamic and has evolved over time. As stewards of the Colorado Plateau, Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa explores human habitation of the past, and contemporary and future modes of dwelling in these arid lands.
  • Professional Training: Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa provides training opportunities for developing professionals in connection with ongoing landscape and facilities development, maintenance and programmatic operations.

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



Undergraduate Research Grants Undergraduates are encouraged to apply to this funding opportunity to support small projects. (Application Form)

Young Scholar Research Grants

Small grants are available to Grad students and junior faculty to support research on the Colorado Plateau. (Application Form)

Field Trip Incentive Awards

A limited number of awards (up to $1000) are available to University of Utah instructors to incentivize field trips to the station see flyer for details.


Support the Field Station

Field House

The field house is a proposed classroom and lab facility. Students and researchers will prepare and process data in a setting that promotes interdisciplinary interaction.

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

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Fellowship Fund

For undergraduates engaged in independent research at Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa.

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Last Updated: 3/7/19