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Biology Facilities


The Department of Biology is located in the Natural Sciences Building, next to Hunter Library, and is attached to the Stillwell Building.

Western is home to the most complete library in the western part of the state. In addition to its own collections, Hunter provides computer access to catalogs from libraries throughout the University of North Carolina system. Their virtually unlimited support offers both student and faculty the highest levels of
research opportunity.

Departmental facilities available to undergraduate and graduate students on the main campus

Mammalian cell culture facility
Nikon C1 Scanning Laser Confocal Microscope
Zeiss photomicroscope with bright field, phase, Nomarski, and incident fluorescence capabilities
Applied Biosystems 7500 RT-PCR machine
3130 Applied Biosystems Genetic Analyzer Capillary Sequencer
Instrumentation for research in biochemistry
herbariumof more than 29,000 specimens
Aquatic research facility equipped for live animal studies

Highlands Biological Station

Highlands Biological Station provides graduate students and senior scientists from throughout the United States with research and specialty course opportunities on Southern Appalachian biota.

Research funds and logistical support are available for qualified graduate students. The station is located 50 minutes from campus.

International Biosphere Reserves, National Parks, National Forests

Graduate students may become involved in research projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, both of which are International Biosphere Reserves. Research opportunities also are available in the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park and in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory

This research unit of the International Biological Reserve has been established and well known for its watershed research for over half a century. It is one of a few long term ecological research stations in the country. Cooperative research projects are encouraged by the permanent research staff as well as other universities working at the station.

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