Research Guidelines

(Appendix 1)

Walter Dalquest donated the first parcel of land to Midwestern State University for the sole purpose of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research aimed at understanding the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.  It offers a valuable opportunity to study the geological and biological features of a relatively undisturbed corner of the Chihuahuan desert.  This is a fragile ecosystem that is susceptible to degradation from excessive use.  In an effort to maintain the undisturbed character of the DDRS, Midwestern State University has established the following guidelines for its use.

  1. Access to the DDRS will be permitted by the DDRS Advisory Committee once a research project and/or course offering has been approved.
  2. Once the proposed research or educational use of the DDRS has been approved, the individual in charge will be notified in writing by the Midwestern State University DDRS Advisory Committee.  This must be completed prior to the beginning of such use.
  3. Midwestern State University must be notified in advance of travel to the DDRS for any purpose.

Format for a written proposal for research:

  1. Research Plan
    1. Sponsoring institution, primary investigator and primary field workers
    2. Research objectives
      1. Purpose of Research
      2. Justification for the use of DDRS
    3. Materials/Methods
      1. Description and justification of sampling and analytical techniques
      2. Description of proposed removal of natural resources (plant specimens, etc.)
    4. Intended use of results
  2. Proposed number, frequency and duration of visits
  3. Source and amount of funding
  4. Will the results be used in the preparation of a research proposal to a federal or state agency?  Which agency and provide details.  Will the proposal entail additional research at DDRS?

In addition the PI must also agree in writing:

  • to submit the titles of all books, articles (print or web-publications), abstracts, presentations, proposals based on this research to the Director of DDRS. All papers must acknowledge DDRS and copies of books and reprints should be sent to DDRS. 
  • to the Policy for Museum-Herbarium Specimens and Molecular Extractions (Appendix 4). 
  • to submit all DNA sequences to GenBank and acknowledge DDRS.  
  • to provide all data and metadata to DDRS. 
  • to notify MSU of any patents or inventions or derivations from materials collected at DDRS and must agree to share royalties according to MSU directives or by agreement. 
  • that any proposals submitted to federal, state, and non-governmental organizations shall include acknowledgement of DDRS and that DDRS will serve as a co-PI if the work or part of the work will be conducted at DDRS. Cost-sharing and indirect cost sharing must be negotiated. 

Format for a written proposal for a course offering:

  1. Course Title
  2. Course Syllabus (include number of days and meetings times). The course should emphasize research practices and ethics of field work.
  3. Course Instructor (include resume)
  4. Letter of authorization and support from home institution’s chair and dean
  5. Estimated number of students – DDRS can only accommodate 16 at one time
  6. Indication of all specimen collections by students
  7. The Instructor must agree in writing to notify the DDRS of any student papers or presentations and provide copies to DDRS.  The Station must be acknowledged.