Facilities for students in The Department of Zoology at Miami University
Pearson Hall and Beyond

Pearson Hall houses the Department of Zoology as well as the Departments of Botany and Microbiology.  Some resources, most notably the Electron Microscope Facility and the Animal Care Facility, are shared by two or more of these departments.  The EM facility includes both transmission and scanning electron microscopes and full-time personnel for supervision, assistance, and training.   The Animal Care Facility, also staffed by full-time personnel, provides up-to-date housing and care for a variety of small mammals.  Temperature, humidity, and photoperiod controlled rooms are also available for housing insects, aquatic organisms, amphibians, and reptiles.

With the ERC, The Bachelor Wildlife Preserve, and Hueston Woods State Park, students have ample opportunities for field work

The Bachelor Wildlife Reserve, located one mile from campus, contains more than 400 acres of diverse habitats, including streams, flood plains, farm ponds, forests, a pine plantation, and grasslands.

The Ecology Research Center (ERC), composed of 183 acres of diverse habitat types, includes a 1,000-square-foot all-purpose building containing a biogenetics laboratory, a controlled environmental chamber, animal room facilities, and basic ecological equipment.  The ERC also includes 16 quarter-acre outdoor small mammal enclosures, several newly constructed experimental ponds, experimental vegetation plots, outdoor training and testing facilities for animal orientation research, replicate aviaries, micro-enclosures, prairies research plots, a modern precipitation chemistry and weather station, and a large pole barn for workshops, storage, and research.

Hueston Woods, a 3,584-acre state park, is located five miles north of Oxford.  Habitat types include a 300-acre beech-maple climax forest.   The park also contains 630-acre Acton Lake, on which the department maintains a 24-foot pontoon boat and a 16-foot fiberglass boat.  Electroshockers, flowmeters, and echo-sounders are available for use in the lake and other aquatic areas.

Special Equipment and Facilities
Ecology, systematics, and environmental toxicology

Two large aquatic animal rooms are available for maintaining marine and freshwater organisms.  Living stream tank systems simulate natural streams.   Equipment in research laboratories includes environmental chambers for controlling light intensity, temperature, and photoperiod; flow-through respirometers; refrigerated water baths; and a Porta-Cool Porta-Temp System for maintaining animals under various temperature conditions.  Related ecological-limnological equipment include microbomb calorimeters, Kjeldahl and wet oxidation apparatus, Aminco photometer and integrator for ATP analyses, and a Perkin-Elmer elemental analyzer (C, H, O, N, and S).


Pearson Hall houses The Department of Zoology as well as several other of the biological science department

Environmental and ecological toxicology facilities include instrumentation for the analysis of trace metals and organic contaminants, dual-beam atomic absorption spectrophotometers, capillary gas and high-pressure liquid chromatographs, rotary and nitrogen evaporation equipment, scanning spectroradiometer, and static and flow-through exposure systems with a serial diluter, photoperiod, temperature control, and simulated sunlight.

Behavioral ecology facilities include a well-equipped laboratory for specialized hormonal assays and four controlled environment rooms. A diversity of behavioral testing and recording equipment is available, including videotape cameras, aquatic and terrestrial locomotor activity monitoring systems, event recorders, movie cameras, tape recorders, and a sonograph.

Teaching and research in entomology is centered around an insect collection that contains more than 82,000 specimens representing 29 of the 30 insect orders most commonly recognized.  The largest number of specimens are in the orders Diptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera.  Facilities associated with the insect collection include an environmental control chamber, insect rearing equipment, qualitative and quantitative insect sampling devices, stereomicroscopes, and various environmental measuring devices.

Genetics, molecular biology, and developmental biology

Animal rooms, incubators, and fresh- and salt-water aquaria are available for maintaining a variety of experimental organisms.  The research laboratories are fully equipped for a wide variety of experimental approaches.   Optical equipment and facilities available for research include dark rooms, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, ultramicrotomes, cryomicrotomes, microspectrophotometers, fluorescence microscopes, and phase contrast microscopes.   Both scintillation and gamma counters are available for research involving radioisotopes in a specially designed and equipped radioisotope laboratory.

Biochemical research equipment and facilities include walk-in cold rooms, several electrophoretic devices, fraction collectors, chromataographic equipment of all kinds, ultraviolet visible spectrophotmeters fitted with chart recorders and specialized accessories, and homogenizers.  Centrifugation equipment includes microcentrifuges, refrigerated low-speed and high-speed centrifuges, and ultracentrifuges containing a variety of rotors accompanied by automatic density gradient fractionation equipment.

The laboratories available to students offer a variety of high-end research equipment specialized for everything from ecology to neuroscience

Some laboratories are specially equipped for tissue culture and / or protozoology sterile technique research and are fitted with CO-2 incubators, transfer and laminar flow hoods, and inverted phase contrast microscopy equipment.  Other laboratories are specially designed and equipped for recombinant DNA research and contain biohazard laminar flow hoods, incubators for propagation of recombinant viral and bacterial organisms, ultra-cold freezers, low-voltage electrophoretic equipment, ultraviolet/visible Polaroid camera set-up, and high-voltage DNA sequencing apparatus.

Physiology and neuroscience

The physiologists in The Department of Zoology are equipped for research studies ranging from the cellular to the whole animal level of organization.   Many items of equipment are available for both teaching and research, including Tektronix oscilloscopes, grass stimulators and polygraphs, Macintosh computers with MacLab data-acquisition systems, respirometers, electric and mechanical balances, spectrophotometers, pH meters, Osmette and Wescor osmometers, an Ametek oxygen analyzer, and a Coleman flame photometer.  Fresh- and sea-water aquaria, constant temperature chambers, and rooms for housing small mammals are also available, as are scintillation and gamma counters and a separate fully equipped tissue culture room.

Some laboratories are fully equipped for intracellular electro-phsyiological investigations or contain equipment for biochemical studies (including high-voltage electrophoresis, UV-spectrophotometry, HPLC, and other chromatography). Others contain equipment for chronical surgical preparations including stereo-taxic surgery, radioimmunoassays, electrochemical detection, and preparation of cells for culture, or contain Warbug equipment, oxygen electrodes, and other items for metabolic studies.  Other laboratories contain devices for recording and monitoring cardiovascular and respiratory parameters or contain a variety of incubator, water baths, oxygen meters, chart recorders or data loggers, and digital thermometers for monitoring whole animal phsyiological responses.

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in Pearson Hal
cater to a wide variety of fields, including ecology, genetics, biology, and neuroscience

The Bachelor Wildlife Reserve
located near Miami's campus contains more than 400 acres of diverse habitats

Hueston woods
is a 3,584-acre state park

located five miles from Oxford, and is frequently used by Zoology students and faculty for field research

The Department of Zoology
212 Pearson Hall | Oxford, OH 45056 | 513.529.3100
Joni Robinson, Administrative Assistant robinsjm@muohio.edu

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