The department possesses a diverse array of equipment, all of which is used extensively by students in their classes, independent projects, and senior theses. These include:
- DIC and fluorescence microscopes
- time-lapse deconvolution microscope
- high-resolution oxygen analyzer
- carbon dioxide gas exchange analyzer
- end-point and real-time PCR equipment
- multi-capacity lyophilizer
- gel electrophoresis and imaging facilities
- mobile Macbooks for use in labs
- climate-controlled greenhouse
In addition, students and faculty have access to our fully-equipped Natural Science Shop for mechanical and electronic construction, troubleshooting, and repair.
Oregon abounds in natural areas that provide ideal sites for many kinds of field research. Students in Biology 141 carry out self-designed investigations of invasive plant species and of freshwater ecology in Tryon Creek State Natural Area, within walking distance of campus. Students in Marine Biology take field trips to rocky intertidal zones and estuaries on the Oregon Coast. Ecology students investigate old-growth forests at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
The forest floor in Tryon Creek State Park
Below are videos that highlight some of our students and faculty members along with the research they are doing: