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Biology Facilities


Biology Program

Biology Facilities

UWS has newly remodeled facilities for research and study whether you are an indoors or outdoors biologist.  Read about our research facilities described below or, better yet, visit us in person!

Research Laboratories
Newly-remodeled science classrooms and labs have cutting-edge instrumentation and technology for a wide variety of research questions.  As a science student at UWS, you'll use this equipment to sequence genes, determine the concentrations of stress hormones in saliva, or grow organisms under varying levels of daylength, to name a few.

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Outdoor Laboratories
Outfitted with chest waders, binoculars, or collection nets, you'll learn the skills of a field biologist in exceptional outdoor  laboratories managed by UWS.  Research and coursework is held at the 500-acre MacQuarrie Wetlands, a site in rural Douglas County especially important as a migratory stopover site for waterfowl.  The Nelson Outdoor Lab at Dutchman's Creek is an impressive 70-acre mature upland forest along the Lake Superior shoreline.

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Stanley W. Oexemann Greenhouse
Our new greenhouse invites students and visitors to enjoy tropical plants throughout the year, in spite of any inclement weather. Robbye Johnson, the Greenhouse manager, always has a few minutes to visit. 

For Biology majors interested in plants, the greenhouse is a place for research projects, specimens for coursework, and possibly a work study position.

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Donald W. Davidson Herbarium
Our herbarium is a veritable museum of plants, holding over 10,000 specimens, some dating back nearly 100 years. Students use the herbarium to learn plant identification and conduct active research projects. Hundreds of new specimens are collected on field trips and research surveys each year by students and recent alumni working as professional botanists.

Research Institutes
Biology faculty and students work in close collaboration with the Lake Superior Research Institute and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.  These facilities offer excellent internship and research opportunities on topics of environmental biology, aquatic sciences, and ecology throughout our region.


Animal Care Facility
This facility is equipped with two isolated animal care rooms, one of which is capable of safely housing exotic aquatic pest species.It is designed to meet all federal and state animal care guidelines, and it will house animals for both research and classroom use.

Biology Program
University of Wisconsin-Superior
202 Barstow Hall, P.O. Box 2000, Belknap and Catlin, Superior, WI 54880
ph. (715) 394-8322 (Natural Sciences Dept.) email biology{atuws}
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