In addition to our existing facilities, faculty and students collaborate with a variety of agencies in Georgia and beyond. These collaborators provide GSU students and faculty with access to a broad range of habitats, research opportunities, and study sites.

The Molecular Biology Initiative. The Molecular Biology Initiative at Georgia Southern University is funded by NSF and designed to enhance the graduate education for students pursuing areas involving molecular techniques The program offers focused molecular biology training, teaching opportunities, intensive mentoring, and a structured community outreach component. The MBI program is administered through the Department of Biology and MBI Fellows are enrolled as M.S. Biology students.

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Gray’s Reef, located 32 km off Sapelo Island, is one of the largest near shore live-bottom reefs in the southeastern United States.  Encompassing 58 sq km of live-bottom habitat, Gray’s Reef is a submerged limestone area that attracts many species of sponges, tunicates, echinoderms, bryozoans, and benthic and pelagic fish, and is part of the only known winter calving ground for the endangered Northern Right Whale.  GSU faculty and students visit the reef often as part of research collaborations with NOAA-National Marine Sanctuary biologists.

Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve. Sapelo Island, located about 1.5 hours from campus, is one of Georgia’s most biologically and culturally rich barrier islands.  GSU students have worked in close cooperation with reserve staff to conduct research on vector-borne disease, forest ecology, oak restoration, and fish population dynamics.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  The Coastal Resource Division and the Nongame Wildlife Division of the DNR are instrumental in facilitating many of the research projects carried out by faculty and students.  From funding graduate student research to providing access to DNR-controlled sites such as Ossabaw Island and Little Egg Island Bar, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is an important collaborator for the department. 

Fort Stewart.  Fort Stewart, the largest U.S. Army base east of the Mississippi, is a 113,000-ha facility located just south of Statesboro.  Through collaborations with the Fort Stewart Division of Fish & Wildlife, GSU students have the opportunity to conduct research in some of the most extensive natural forested habitat remaining in southern Georgia, including areas that support endangered and threatened species such as Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Gopher Tortoise, Flatwoods Salamander, Gopher Frog, Bachman’s Sparrow, and Georgia Plume.

Powdermill Nature Reserve.  Located in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, this is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s field station.  Powdermill is an internationally known facility for research on birds and small mammals.  Faculty from Georgia Southern maintain research collaborations with Powdermill staff, and past graduate students have the reserve’s prestigious Rea Research Internship.

Mountain Lake Biological Station.  Located at 1200-m elevation in the Allegheny Mountains of southwest Virginia, this field station for the University of Virginia is an ideal resource for students wishing to work on montane plants or animals.  Faculty from Georgia Southern teach at Mountain Lake on a regular basis and maintain research collaborations with UVA faculty.

Caribbean Marine Research Center. Located on Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, this research center provides the opportunity to study a varied collection of tropical habitats, including shallow and deep coral reefs, sub-tidal and intertidal mud flats with mangroves, and deep-sea habitats.  Facilities include 28 buildings (laboratories, aquaculture hatchery and production facility, housing, workshops, power stations, dining hall, RO water plant, dive locker and boat yard), an airstrip, large dock, eight boats, and recompression chamber.  GSU students have conducted thesis research here, and faculty teach at the research center on a regular basis during the summer.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY • P.O. Box 8042 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5487