Facilities and Centers

Students in the Graduate Program in Ecology have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities within the participating departments, as well as many shared facilities, including:

Ecology Research Center

Miami University's Ecology Research Center, located less than 3 miles from campus, is a 175-acre field site dedicated to research and education in ecology and environmental science. The center is a focal point for faculty and student research and field exercises for undergraduate and graduate-level courses.

Natural Areas

Miami University's Natural Areas, within walking distance of Oxford and the main campus, consist of over 1000 acres and 15 miles of trails. Some of the research that has been conducted here include: competitive effects of the invasive shrub, Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii), on forest herbs; soil, vegetation, surface runoff, streamflow and landform analysis; land-use history, vegetation analysis and soil analysis related to runoff rates and infiltration.

Hueston Woods State Park

Hueston Woods State Park, located 5 miles north of Oxford and on the west side of Acton Lake, comprises 2936 land acres and 625 water acres. Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve consists of 200 acres representing the beech-maple forest that once covered much of Ohio.

Center for Animal Behavior

Miami University's Center for Animal Behavior provides opportunities to study animal behavior at many levels. The work at the center helps us better understand how animal and human behavior is generated and how it has been maintained over time.

Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

Miami University's Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics is a state-of-the-art research and training facility available to all members of the university. The center also maintains equipment to assist in bioinformatic and functional genomic research.

Miami University Libraries

The Miami University Libraries contain an extensive collection of information, including books, maps, sound recordings, journals, magazines, newspapers, movies, videos, DVDs, and microfilm. The Brill Science Library contains materials related to the sciences, mathematics, and technology.

Electron Microscopy Facility

The Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging at Miami University is an all-university research, teaching and service facility located in Pearson Hall on Miami's main campus. The facility houses 2 scanning electron microscopes, 2 transmission electron microscopes, 2 laser scanning confocal microscopes, a deconvolution light microscope, and a wide-field multimode light microscope.

Geospatial Analysis Center

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) in Shideler Hall provides a wide range of software, high capacity microcomputers, digitizers, databases, and output devices dedicated to acquisition and analysis of spatial information (GIS, satellite remote sensing). The GIS Laboratory has a full-time director, and instruction is available at several levels.

Biology Research Facilities

The Department of Biology's facilities include an animal care facility, greenhouses, 2 large aquatic animal rooms for maintaining marine and freshwater organisms, a plant growth chamber facility, living stream tank systems, the largest herbarium in the state of Ohio, environmental chambers, flow-through respirometers, refrigerated water baths, and a Porta-Cool Porta-Temp System for maintaining animals under various temperature conditions, as well as cloning, tissue culture, microcomputer room, and other preparation and analysis equipment.

Geology Research Facilities

The Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science's facilities include numerous laboratories (e.g. geomicrobiology, hydrogeology, elemental geochemistry, radiogenic isotopes, stable isotopes, x-ray diffractometry), the Limper Geology Museum, 20-channel DC plasma spectrometer, atomic force/scanning tunneling microscope, electrophoretic mobility analyzer, HPLC ion chromatograph, and thermal ionization mass spectrometers.