Before you apply
The WMRC mission is to support research and teaching in the region. However, there are limitations on how the station may be used. Applicants should carefully review WMRC rates, WMRC rules & regulations, advisory notices and WMRC data sharing policy (which requires researchers to register their project's metadata) before deciding to apply. Lab users should review the lab safety instructions.
Please note that WMRC accomodations include single bunk beds only, and that pillows and linens are provided. No blankets are provided (most people bring sleeping bags). Guests are responsible for dorm and bathroom cleaning, and are required to clean up at the end of each visit. Dining room users are required to keep the kitchen and dining area clean, as well. Note that all meals served at WMRC have a vegetarian option.
Applying to use WMRC facilities
There are three steps in the WMRC application process:
1) Contact the scheduling coordinator (telephone: 760-873-4344) to discuss details of your visit and proposed dates.
2) After talking to the scheduling coordinator, fill out the on-line application form. You will be asked to provide your name, contact information, institutional affiliation and a password. After logging in, choose the appropriate form: Research, University or College Class, or Public (for workshops, retreats, etc).
Note: Returning users must fill out a new application each year.
3) After filling out the on-line application, fill out an on-line reservation request. This is where arrival/departure dates, numbers of people, assets to be used (lodging only, room and board, classroom use, etc...) are entered.
Please remember the password used to make the original application. It will be needed if it is necessary to re-open the application form to make changes. If you lose your password or have other difficulties, please contact the WMRC office by phone (760-873-4344) or e-mail the scheduling coordinator.
Approval of Applications
WMRC staff review application forms and associated information. If everything is in order and there are no conflicts, applications will be approved. Applicants will be notified by as soon as decisions have been made.
Please note that researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary permits, and applications will not be approved until these are obtained (see research permit page for more information). The permitting process may take 6 months or more, so please plan ahead!
Before you come to WMRC
Download the UC liability waiver form, the emergency instruction sheet, other informational materials that you might need, and fill out a lab safety orientation checklist if necessary. Note that liability waiver forms must be filled out for each member of your group upon your arrival at WMRC, and that minors under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature.
Please call the scheduling coordinator (760-873-4344) a few days in advance of your visit to reconfirm times, dates, and numbers in your group. If you have not done so already, please also review the WMRC rules and regulations . These policies have been developed so that we can best carry out our mission of supporting research and instruction.
If our facilities are full or do not meet your needs, the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, located near Mammoth Lakes, CA may be a suitable alternative.