Plans are underway for the construction of a new Science Center, which will house the Biology Department. Ground-breaking is scheduled for fall 2011; building completion is projected for fall 2013. The $60 million building will feature state-of-the art technology and scientific instrumentation. Please visit http://www.fredonia.edu/sciencecenter/ for additional information about this exciting new addition to science education at SUNY Fredonia.
The Biology Department is currently housed in Jewett Hall. The department has 3 small classrooms, one large lecture hall and 8 labs used exclusively for teaching. Each faculty member has a separate laboratory for conducting research and mentoring undergraduate and graduate research projects. The teaching and research labs contain a variety of pieces of laboratory equipment.
SUNY Fredonia owns the College Lodge and a 200 acre nature preserve that is used by the Biology Department for teaching and research purposes
A new Science and Technology building is slated for construction, and will be the new home for the Biology Department.
The Jewett Hall Computer Lab contains desktop computers (Windows and Macintosh), scanners and a printer for use by the Biology Department majors.
The greenhouse is used for teaching and research efforts, aesthetic purposes, and as a place to raise plants for the outdoor native plant garden. Investigation of different kinds of plant adaptations occurs in the Principles of Biology, Plant Taxonomy and Plant Ecology course lab work. A number of Museum Practicum class activities occur in the greenhouse, including maintenance of tropical plants, a desert plant display, planting and repotting activities and plant seedlings, repot plants, and general greenhouse maintenance. There are also a number of ongoing research projects in the greenhouse, including a study of woody seedling regeneration in different substrates and hydrologies.
The Stanley Museum is a unique resource of the Biology Department. The collection contains many unique and irreplaceable specimens such as passenger pigeon, koala, duck billed platypus and echidna. The egg collection, most of which is greater than 100 years old, is of great value, and many unique marine specimens are also part of the Museum display. The Museum Practicum students assist with specimen maintenance and display construction, and the Museum is regularly visited and utilized by local elementary and secondary schools.
The Biology Department Herbarium is a collection of several thousand preserved plant specimens from Chautauqua County and Cattaraugus County in New York State, Mount St. Helens in Washington State, and southern Arizona. The specimens are used for research purposes, as they give valuable historical information about plant growth, as well as information about regional climate changes and human impact. They are also used for teaching purposes for our Plant Taxonomy, Plant Ecology and Chautauqua Natural History courses. Efforts are underway to database the specimens so that the SUNY Fredonia herbarium can join the New York State herbarium network and ultimately be linked to the national network.
The College Lodge is owned operated by the Faculty Student Association (FSA). The Lodge is surrounded by a 200 acre Preserve that supports some of the most diverse habitat in Chautauqua County including northern hardwood forest, evergreen plantations, mature timber stands, forested swamp and other wetlands, shrublands, and open fields. The Preserve lies on the divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds thereby serving as an ecotone between southern and boreal species, and is one of only five birding sites in Chautauqua County noted in the resource "Where to Find Birds in New York State" (Drennan 1981). Regionally rare plants include dwarf ginseng, perfoliate bellwort, and moccasin flower. The Lodge is used for a variety of research and instructional activities by the Biology Department. For more information about the Lodge go here.
Major equipment for cell and molecular biology includes:
LI-COR 4300 DNA analyzer
Molecular Dynamic Storm Phospho Imager 860
Tri-Carb liquid scintillation counter
UV transilluminator gel imaging instrument
Reichart Histostat cryostat microtome
Pharmacia EMax ELISA reader
Bio-Rad Gene Pulser electroporator
Thermocyclers and gel electrophoresis equipment
Laminar flow hoods
Refrigerated superspeed centrifuges
UV/visible light spectrophotometers
Zeiss inverted phase microscope
Olympus epifluorescent microscope with camera
Zeiss fluorescent microscope with camera
Major equipment for ecology and organismal biology includes:
24’ Pontoon Boat, 35 HP outboard
19’ Work Skiff, 90 HP Four Stroke Outboard
14’ Flatbottom Jon Boat
Dodge 2500 ¾ ton four wheel drive aquatic research vehicle
Coffelt backpack electrofishing unit
Radiotelemetry tracking equipment
YSI65 and YSI85 water quality probes
Perkin-Elmer 2380 atomic absorption spectrophotomoter
Olympus SZX12 stereo microscope video imaging system
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