The Watershed Studies Institute (WSI) was originally established as the Center for Reservoir Research (CRR) in 1987 by the Kentucky Council on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence for Teaching and Research. In 2009, CRR was changed to WSI in order to better reflect the diversity of research that had been completed over the preceding 20 years, and to continue to broaden the research focus of the Institute. The mission of the Institute is to provide the infrastructure, support, and intellect for education and research of watershed ecosystems. WSI sponsors three research centers, a long-term monitoring program on Kentucky Lake, and support for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and visiting scientists. The three research centers that comprise the support base for Institute research and educational activities are the Chemical Services Laboratory (CSL), the Hancock Biological Station (HBS), and the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center (MARC). Each facility functions in response to individual or team needs and serves as an educational center for graduate and undergraduate studies in watershed studies.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Howard H. Whiteman
Director, Watershed Studies Institute
Department of Biological Sciences
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 809-6753
FAX: (270) 809-0120
The Murray State University Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center (MARC) in 1979. MARC is administered through the Office of the Dean of the College of Science. MARC provides facilities for formal education related to programs at Murray State which utilize remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies. Technological assistance is offered to the public and private sectors in addition to research conducted by faculty, staff, and students.
The Hancock Biological Station (HBS) on Kentucky Lake is a year-round facility providing scientists with a base of operation for a wide variety of field research and presenting students with opportunities for field-oriented classes, individualized instruction, independent research, and close interactions with researchers and faculty. HBS is the Field Facility for the Center For Reservoir Research and for the Ecological Consortium of Mid-America (ecoma).
The Chemical Services Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation enabling high-quality instruction in environmental analytical chemistry at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The CSL also provides a number of analytical and environmental services to individuals, corporations, and other institutions in west Kentucky, the greater Ohio Valley region and beyond in fulfillment of the WSI regional economic service role.