St. Lawrence University Integrated Science Education Initiative Metadata Manager

Natural History Data Repository

General Information

Welcome to St. Lawrence University’s Natural History Data Repository (NHDR) data exploration site.

The NHDR makes original research data collected by faculty and students at St. Lawrence available to all members of the campus community and to future researchers. Our area of focus is northern NY, located between Lake Ontario in the west, the Champlain Valley in the east and north of the Mohawk River Valley. The focus is data that has been collected from the natural world. This includes weather, atmospheric and ground water data that are being collected continuously, as well as biological, geological and chemical data.

These pages allow you to explore data located in the NHDR both spatially and by metadata characteristics such as date, author, theme and keywords. To access the data in the NHDR:

  1. If you have a location of interest, define a search area on the map at right using the tools located above the map. When using this search method, be sure to check the box next to “Use index map”
  2. To define a search based on data characteristics, create a query by filling in the appropriate fields below the map.
  3. Or use both techniques together to define your search.
  4. Click Search.
  5. Search results will be returned in the Results window. It will include the directory path to retrieve the datasets.

For help with an individual field click on the to access the help file.

To submit data to the NHDR please go to the Data Management page.

Have any questions regarding this page or the NHDR in general? Contact
Carol Cady, GIS/Maps Specialist at x5824 or


Index Map

To display only datasets that cover areas partly or completely inside the index map,

  • Use the map buttons to display the area of interest, and
  • Check Use index map.



  • To display datasets from a particular time period, provide start and end dates.
  • Leave start date blank to display all earlier datasets.
  • Leave end date blank to display all later datasets.
  • To display datasets from all time periods, leave both dates blank.


Search Text

To search for only records that contain a particular phrase,

  • type the phrase in the search box, and
  • check the fields to search.