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Lacawac Sanctuary Graduate Student/Faculty Research Awards

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Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit biological field station and environmental education center located in the Pocono region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Lacawac is a site for field-based ecological and environmental science research and education. Since its founding in 1966, Lacawac has hosted research investigating the impacts of ultraviolet radiation on lake communities, aquatic dissolved organic carbon dynamics, the role of lakes as climate sentinels, and the impacts of deer browsing on forest regeneration. Lacawac is becoming a regional research and training hub for ecological observatory networks as well as a site to test emerging sensors and sensor platforms.  
Dr. Robert E. Moeller was a long-time friend and supporter of Lacawac Sanctuary who passed away in 2011. His legacy includes an endowed fund that supports promising researchers in ecology and environmental science.  
Lacawac Sanctuary welcomes applications for the 2019 Robert E. Moeller Memorial Fund Research Fellow Awards. Applicants can be graduate students, post docs, or faculty. The award supports scholars conducting ecological research incorporating Lacawac Sanctuary. Preference will be given to scholars who are new Lacawac users or are starting new projects, and who request funding to cover Lacawac lodging, lab, and/or boat fees. Awards are up to $4,000 but generally range from $1,000 to $2,500.
Habitats and resources available at Lacawac include: 

  • Lake Lacawac, a nearly pristine glacial lake with a completely protected watershed
  • Partner Ridge Preservation Area
  • Wallenpaupack Ledges habitat
  • Permanent and seasonal ponds
  • Ephemeral streams
  • Northern boreal bog habitat
  • Experimental deer exclosure areas
  • Mixed hardwood and hemlock eastern temperate forests
  • Long-term lake monitoring and weather station data
  • Analytical laboratory
  • 3-season lodging

For more information on research at Lacawac and resources available, see our website: For a list of previous awardees and to apply for a Robert E. Moeller Fund Research Fellow Award, go to  
Applications are accepted on a rolling cycle each year and continue until all funds are awarded. Review of 2019 applications will begin on April 15th 2019. Questions should be directed to Beth Norman, Director of Science and Research (, 570-689-9494)