The Edward J. Meeman Biological Station consists of two sites: The Meeman site (623
acres; 252 ha) is located about 25 miles north of Memphis and 2 miles east of the
Mississippi River on a Chickasaw Bluff. This site is in the narrow transition zone
between the Mississippi River Valley and West Tennessee Coastal Plain physiographic
regions. The Station and surrounding areas are characterized by low plains and fertile
valleys which are drained by the Mississippi River and several tributaries. The Station
has a modest conference/administrative center, large laboratory building with classrooms,
research and teaching labs, dormitory room, and a kitchen. The Brunswick site (367
acres; 149 ha) is located adjacent to the Loosahatchie River about 20 miles east of
the Meeman Site. This is a bottomland site with sluggish streams, cypress swamps,
and numerous old fields surrounded by private lands.
The Station is available to graduate students and qualified investigators throughout
the year. Faculty from The University of Memphis and several other institutions in
the Mid-South utilize the facility for research purposes. Ongoing research programs
include river and wetland ecology, wildlife ecology, plant community ecology, population
ecology, evolutionary ecology, ecological genetics, and others.
Courses in ecology, botany, field techniques, and related disciplines are offered
during the summer.