The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is housed in Shideler Hall and includes:

  • faculty, staff, and student offices
  • classrooms, conference, and seminar rooms
  • computer laboratory

Field and Laboratory Resources

The program has field, lab, and teaching equipment for use by both students and staff.

Field equipment includes:

  • surveying instruments
  • water sampling and analysis kits
  • seines
  • waders
  • GPS units

Lab equipment includes:

  • tabletop colorimeters
  • filtration units
  • incubators
  • muffle furnace
  • balances
  • hot plates

Institute for Food

The Institute for Food is a Provost Interdisciplinary Innovation project, housed with the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, to engage the Miami University community around issues of food, health, and sustainable agriculture. Its mission is to foster healthy food, healthy eating, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.

Additional Facilities

Students working with departmental researchers may have access to additional equipment and facilities typical of a research university, e.g., electron microscopes, x-ray diffractometer, plasma spectrometer, mass spectrometers, atomic force/tunneling microscope. The University Instrumentation Laboratory has a permanent staff to assist in the manufacture and maintenance of special equipment.

Animal Behavior, Center for

The 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.

Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, Center for

Miami University's Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics (CBFG) provides and maintains equipment to assist in bioinformatic and functional genomic research.

Ecology Research Center

The Ecology Research Center is a 175-acre field site dedicated to research and education in ecology and environmental science. Facilities include small mammal enclosures, ponds, a well-equipped ecology research building with a solar observation platform, a number of stations to monitor data on climate conditions, precipitation chemistry, and dioxin levels, and equipment storage buildings.

Environmental Education, Cecilia Berg Center for

The Cecilia Berg Center for Environmental Education promotes an understanding of animal biodiversity, conservation, and ecology through the activities of the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History and programs emphasizing environmental education.

Geospatial Analysis Center

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) is housed in Shideler Hall as part of the Department of Geography. 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) are available. The GIS Laboratory has a full-time director, and instruction is available at several levels.

Herbarium, Willard Sherman Turrell

The Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium is located on Miami University's Oxford campus and is Ohio's largest herbarium. The holdings of approximately 620,000 specimens are worldwide in both geographical and taxonomic coverage.

Library Resources

The university library system is a federal government depository housing substantial, well-balanced collections of books, reports, periodicals, and reference indexes related to the environment. Especially noteworthy are resources in the Business, Engineering, and Technology (BEST) Library (Laws Hall) which includes a wide range of environmental resources. King Library, the main campus library, houses all government documents.

Microscopy and Imaging, Center for Advanced

The Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging (CAMI) at Miami University is a 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.

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. These areas are used extensively by M.En. faculty and students for studies regarding ecosystem analysis, resource management and environmental education.

Statistical Consulting Center

The Statistical Consulting Center provides comprehensive support for quantitative problems that are common in environmental disciplines.

Hueston Woods State Park

With 3,596 acres of park land and 625-acre Acton Lake, Hueston Woods is an excellent facility for environmental research and teaching purposes and for associated conference activities. Miami University uses this area for studies related to land-use planning, resource management, environmental education, and the structure and function of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Hueston Woods is one of the most popular state parks in Ohio.