The Queen's University Biological Station offers a diverse and well-equipped selection of both living accommodations and lab areas.
Sleeping accommodations can be obtained in dormitory-like settings with one or more bunk beds in a room, one room cabins, larger cabins or cottages with several rooms, a kitchen and living space. These accommodations cover a broad range of prices, the lowest being the dormitory rooms usually occupied by field assistants and the highest being entire furnished cottages usually rented by an investigator and family.
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Lab space is also varied, with some labs occupying an entire floor of a building and others limited to only a bench in a shared room. These labs can also be found in a variety of buildings and offering different features. Some are simple class-like rooms that can be used as teaching facilities, while others are well insulated and can offer supplies such as well water and compressed air.
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The Operations Centre has two floors of common area. The top floor has a large dining room that can comfortably fit approximately 75 individuals at a time and can be used for seminars and presentations as well as meal times. It also includes a fully stocked kitchen in which culinary staff produces buffet-style meals for users during the busy months (Late April through to Early September). In the off-season researchers may utilize the kitchen in the White House to prepare and store their own food.
The Centre also has a large seminar room, which is used for teaching and presentations. There are also three computers for general use that are connected by a network to each other and by a dedicated line to the Queen's Intranet. A computer is also available for image processing (complete with a scanner) and Geographic Information System / Global Positioning System processing.
Other facilities include a library with more than 300 books, volumes from 16 journals and 140 theses written by past users. There is also a boathouse with 13 boats available to researchers including flatbottom Jon boats, utility boats, canoes and barges.
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And, in an environment like this, one of the most important tools is the access to many different people and all their expertise. During the peak summer months there are at least 50 researchers from Canadian, American and international universities living and working at the QUBS, and they are always involved in the sharing of information and eager to learn new things. For more assistance, Manager Frank Phelan and Assistant-manager Floyd Connor are always willing to lend a hand. During the summer months the QUBS employs a SWEP (Summer Work Experience Program) student from Queen's to assist the researchers with GPS/GIS equipment.
All of these amenities make the Queen's University Biological Station a comfortable, stimulating, and accessible place to conduct research in the field.