The BFS is managed by a Director in consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee. A Lead Dean serves as the primary liaison between BFS and the Academic Deans Committee (ADC). The volunteer program is overseen by a Volunteer Coordinator.


The Director, who reports to the Lead Dean, has responsibility for day-to-day operations, including scheduling of class and research use, arranging maintenance, and overseeing student assistants and outside contractors.

The Director is:


The Lead Dean presents the BFS budget and other resource needs to the ADC. The Lead Dean for the BFS is:

  • Dr. Robert Gaines, Lead Academic Dean for the Bernard Field Station
    Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
    Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of Geology


The BFS Faculty Advisory Committee consists of one representative from each of major programs that use the BFS. The BFS Faculty Advisory Committee advises the Director on:

  • Academic uses of the Field Station such as student and faculty research projects
  • Appropriate educational usage of the Field Station by community groups
  • Habitat maintenance and record-keeping relative to usage
  • Budget development and capital needs

Members of the BFS Faculty Advisory Committee for the 2021-2022 Academic Year have not yet been appointed.


The Volunteer Coordinator schedules, arranges, and oversees the volunteer workdays as well maintaining records for the volunteer program. The Volunteer Coordinator is:

  • Dr. Nancy Hamlett
    Former Professor of Biology, Harvey Mudd College (retired)