Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute


38° 53' 29.8068" N, 78° 8' 20.5368" W
Brief Site Description: 
SCBI leads projects nationally and internationally in an effort to study biodiversity and make recommendations on conservation and sustainable development.
Detailed Site Description: 

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) plays a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists.


The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) site is a mid-continent forested eastern deciduous site, species include Oaks, Hickories, and Ash, and contains well defined ground cover and understory strata.

At the SCBI, the forest was logged multiple times during the past 300 years and was managed mostly as farmland when acquired by the federal government in 1903. One reason that wildlands are found disproportionately in the mountain province of the domain is that the steep slopes and shallow soils are relatively unproductive for agriculture. Here too the site is typical of the domain, encompassing the full range of lithologic, edaphic, hydrologic, and biogeochemical conditions found in the Mid-Atlantic Domain.

NEON data (Core Terrestrial) from this site. 

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Study Start Date: 
Land Cover: 
Deciduous Forest
Group visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users