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Welcome to the Ross Biological Reserve!

Students from Dr. Catherine Searle's Field Ecology course conducted independent research projects at the Ross Reserve in the Fall of 2016. Check out the flyers below to see what the students found!

BIOL 591 Fall 2016a.pdfBIOL 591 Fall 2016b.pdfBIOL 591 Fall 2016c.pdfBIOL 591 Fall 2016d.pdf

Directions to the Ross Reserve

Ross Reserve Video in College of Science Newsletter

Fall Newsletter


The most important development at the Reserve is the progress being made in our Sustainable Building Project to produce a self-powering building that will promote the mission of the Reserve, especially outreach.  See the video below and the "Building Project" link.   Contribute by clicking on the "Giving" tab.

Green Building Video

The Ross Reserve has for 60 years provided Purdue University with an invaluable teaching and research environment. On the bank of the Wabash River, it is a forest rich in biological diversity and in history of ecological study. The Reserve was established in 1949, thanks to the vision of plant ecology professor Alton A. Lindsey and colleagues, and has been the focus of 30 doctoral dissertations, more than 120 scientific publications, and numerous masters and undergraduate honors theses. It harbors nearly 400 species of vascular plants and more than 100 species of vertebrate animals. When first protected, the Reserve was a patchwork of mature but disturbed forest mixed with agricultural fields and clearings. Rapid regeneration of the clearings and slow maturation of the forest have produced a haven for wildlife that is rare in the Midwestern landscape.

Ross Reserve Quick Facts

The Reserve is a center for community outreach promoting scientific literacy and understanding of the natural world. To read more about the mission and purpose of the Ross Biological Reserve click here.


Information about our "green" building project.