Facilities and Resources
A wide range of research facilities are available to our students on campus or at our satellite facilities via our collaborators.
Biology Building. The graduate program is housed in the 50,000-square-foot Biology Building. This building provides classrooms and teaching labs (almost all equipped with computer displays), research labs, a graduate-student computer room (with ca. 20 computers, scanner, printer, and projector), office space for graduate students, aquatics lab, electron microscope, and darkroom.
Future Biology Building. The department has been approved for a state of the art, LEED certified building!
Herty Building. The department of biology occupies portions of two floors in the Herty Building across the street from the Biology Building. This space provides faculty research labs, a shared equipment room for molecular biologists, darkroom, museum space, and cellular/molecular teaching laboratories.
Animal Rooms. Attached to the Biology Building is a 2900-sq-ft animal facility. This facility provides large and small animal cages, as well as two quarantine rooms, an ultra-cold freezer, lights with timers, and a generator. Faculty, particularly those involved in studies of vector-borne disease, maintain a variety of animals in this facility.
Greenhouse. Also attached to the Biology Building is a 1525-sq-ft research greenhouse. Faculty employ the greenhouse for studies of plant-gall interactions, life-history evolution, and floral biology.
Georgia Southern University – Savannah Science Museum Herpetology Collection. The Department of Biology maintains a large collection of reptiles and amphibians formerly housed by the Savannah Science Museum. Totaling over 35,000 specimens, this collection is a nationally recognized resource for the study of reptile and amphibian systematics, distribution, and ecology.
United States National Tick Collection.This internationally recognized facility is housed in a building adjacent to the Biology Building. The institute includes the U.S. National Tick Collection (with over 1 million specimens representing most of the world’s 850 tick species), a library specializing in arthropods and vector-borne disease, laboratory space, and offices.
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the University of Georgia Skidaway Extension are both located one hour from campus on Skidaway Island in Savannah. Together the two facilities represent a world-class center for study of marine biology. GSU graduate students have collaborated with the extension service on aquaculture research and with the physical and biological oceanographers of the oceanographic institute. This work is facilitated by Georgia Southern University’s own Applied Coastal Research Laboratory on the site.