The Project

Digital RMBL

Digital RMBL brings a range of data resources generated at the remote Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) into college classrooms around the world. Digital RMBL provides students and educators, as well as interested citizen scientists, access to data sets generated and shared by RMBL staff and scientists, in a context that helps bring those datasets alive.

Funding for the Digital RMBL Project This material is based upon work supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation (DUE-091875; Type 1 CCLI/TUES project). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Located at 9,500 feet in elevation with research areas ranging from 8,000 feet to above 12,000 feet, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (also known as RMBL – often pronounced “rumble”) is one of North America’s largest and oldest high altitude scientific field stations. Founded in 1928, RMBL is located in the abandoned mining town of Gothic, near Crested Butte, in the Upper East River Valley of the Elk mountains of Colorado. RMBL offers courses and independent research opportunities for undergraduate students, in part through funding from the National Science Foundation. RMBL also provides support for researchers from universities and colleges. Approximately 170 people are in residence during the summer field season. Over 1500 scientific publications have been based on work done through RMBL. RMBL is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

RMBL Videos

For an introduction to RMBL, a brief history of the lab, and an overview of what goes on in Gothic, watch these RMBL videos produced in 1995 by Scott Stender, an award-winning independent producer, director, cameraman and editor with more than 20 years experience.

Introduction to RMBL

History of RMBL

Research at RMBL

The RMBL Community