Facility & Resources
The teaching and research facilities in the Department of Biology are available for use by students for course-related projects and laboratory or field research. The Department maintains a computer laboratory, greenhouse, cell culture suite, molecular bio equipment suite, cold and warm animal rooms, refrigerated storage room, darkroom, radionuclide room, preparation room, and several equipment rooms for such specialized equipment as scanning electron microscope, flow optometer, confocal microscope; epifluorescent equipped microscope, PCR and real-time PCR. Laboratory and equipment rooms are under the supervision of specific faculty members or the Facilities Manager, and prior arrangements need to be made for the use of the rooms and/or the equipment. A limited amount of desk or bench space is available for students conducting research in the Department. Students who conduct field research are generally able to arrange for the use of specific research areas through their research sponsors.In general, research sponsors supervise the assignment of their allotted spaces to their research students.
The Department of Biology uses three natural areas for ecological research and field trips. These are the Chance Creek Natural History Reservation, the Lynds Jones Memorial Study Area, and Camden Bog. These sites encompass a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. All three sites are available for use by members of the College community.
Catherine Durkin '11, Prof. Angela Roles, Anthony Bonifonte '11, Marta Robertson '11, and Sierra Zuber '11 from Roger Laushman's summer research lab pictured collecting crayfish at Chance Creek.