Facilities and Resources

A wide range of research facilities are available to our students on campus or at our satellite facilities via our collaborators.

Biological Sciences Building. The Department of Biology occupies a new 135,275-square-foot building. This LEED-certified building has state-of-the-art lecture rooms, TEAL classrooms, teaching labs and prep rooms, and research labs. It also provides shared equipment rooms, a microscope room, a cold room, space to house collections, meeting and seminar rooms, computer facilities, and offices for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Natural Sciences Building.  The department continues to occupy a large lecture hall, teaching labs, and staff offices in our former home in the Natural Sciences Building. This building primarily serves our non-majors biology program.

Herty Building. The Department of Biology occupies one floor in the Herty Building.  This space provides faculty research labs, a shared equipment room for molecular biologists, darkroom, and cellular/molecular teaching laboratories.

Fieldhouse. Adjacent to the new Biological Sciences Building is a 14,940-square-foot animal care and research-support facility. The fieldhouse includes an aquatics research area, animal research area, an insectary with warm room, storage space for field equipment, a locker room with showers, loading dock storage, and office space. The aquatics room provides air and treated water lines, shelf space for aquaria, and space for self-contained aquatic housing systems (e.g., for zebrafish). The animal research space includes animal rooms, a gowning area, a surgery room, and a cage washer. These facilities are designed to meet the latest guidelines for the care and housing of animals.

Greenhouses.  The department has two research greenhouses. Adjacent to the Biological Sciences Building is a new 2800-square-foot greenhouse. This space has computerized climate control and includes a potting room and a germination room. A 1280-square-foot greenhouse is located at the Natural Sciences Building; about half of this space can be climate controlled.

Equipment. Major research equipment in the department includes a sequencer, real-time PCR, high-speed centrifuge, scanning electron microscope, confocal microscope, carbon-isotope analyzer, ion analyzer for soil samples, nanospectrophotometer, and flow cytometer.

Boats. The Department of Biology has three boats for research and teaching, a 14-ft johnboat with a 15 HP motor, a 17-ft Boston whaler with 90 HP motor, and an electrofishing boat.

The Genomics Core provides space and equipment for faculty to prepare DNA and RNA libraries for Next Generation Sequencing. We have an agreement for “in house” pricing for sequencing runs with the University of Georgia. Once sequencing is completed, data analysis can be completed using Georgia Southern’s own high performance computing Talon Cluster.

Georgia Southern University – Savannah Science Museum Herpetology Collection. The Department of Biology maintains a large collection of reptiles and amphibians formerly owned 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. It is housed on compacting shelving in a state-of-the-art space in the new Biological Sciences Building.

United States National Tick Collection. The U.S. National Tick Collection has over 1 million specimens (representing most of the world’s 850 tick species). This internationally recognized collection is housed in the Natural Sciences Building and is supported by a library specializing in arthropods and vector-borne disease, laboratory space, and offices.

Herbarium.  The Department of Biology maintains separate, active herbaria at its Statesboro and Armstrong campuses. With more than 45,000 specimens, Georgia Southern’s herbaria house among the region’s best collections of vascular plants.

Other Collections.The department also maintains small collections of birds and mammals for teaching purposes, and a growing collection of approximately 500,000 pinned insect specimens (and an additional 20,000 alcohol-preserved specimens).

The Foram Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC) is a joint venture between Georgia Southern University and the Foram Foundation. Our aquaponics system is located in an approximately 4100 square foot greenhouse on the Armstrong Campus that supports student and faculty research in areas of Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Engineering.

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.  Faculty and students conduct research here, and this work is facilitated by Georgia Southern University’s own Applied Coastal Research Laboratory on the site.

Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve. This 1200-acre habitat preserve in Telfair county is managed by The Orianne Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Through a memorandum of understanding with The Orianne Society, biology faculty and students have access to habitats that are home to rare species such as the Eastern Indigo Snake. The preserve also provides the opportunity to become involved in cutting-edge habitat restoration techniques.

Last updated: 10/21/2018

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY • P.O. Box 8042-1 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5487