Allied Research Facilities

Advanced Center for Genome Technology (ACGT)
The Advanced Center for Genome Technology (ACGT), located in the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, provides sophisticated genome level facilities to the campus and region and has been involved in numberous projects including the human genome project and sequencing the genome of the legume plant Medicago truncatula. The facility has been designated a Genome Center by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH-NHGRI) since 1990.

Bioinformatics Core Facility
The Bioinformatics Core Facility (BCF), located in the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, provides sophisticated bioinformatic tools, microarray technology and computer support for genome level studies integrating all aspects of this complex technology seamlessly.

Robert Bebb Herbarium
The herbarium, located in the department, houses more than 200,000 specimens and is operated jointly by the department and the Oklahoma Biological Survey. More information is available on the Robert Bebb Herbarium web site.

Biological Station
The University of Oklahoma Biological Station, established in 1949, is a permanent field station located on Lake Texoma in the south central part of the state. The Biological Station is a separate budgetary unit and an organized research unit of the College of Arts & Sciences, with close affiliation with the Department of Zoology and the Department of Botany & Microbiology. The Biological Station offers courses, particularly during the summer sessions, and provides year-round research facilities.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Group

The OU EEB is a diverse group of faculty and students from a variety of departments that "share a fascination with the ecological theater and the evolutionary play." Their homepage introduces the facilities, faculty, flora, and fauna that make up EEB at OU.

Located next to George Lynn Cross Hall, five greenhouse compartments are used for maintaining and propagating living plant collections for research and teaching. More than 300 species of flowering plants are currently in cultivation. A DNA containment greenhouse is also available for work on transformed plants. Graduate students in the plant biology program maintain their specimens in these departmental growth facilities. 

Institute for Energy and the Environment
The Institute for Energy and the Environment fosters interdisciplinary research, education and outreach in areas of environmental science and technology. It also provides scientific and technical foundations upon which solutions to applied problems can be sought, communicated, debated and ultimately implemented. 

Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station
Kessler Farm Field Laboratory is a 350 acre tract of mixed grass prairie donated to the University of Oklahoma for research and teaching in environmental studies. This diverse landscape has mixed and tall grass prairie, riparian woodlands, Finn Creek and several ponds. In addition, it is the home to a number of long-term meteorological and biological experiments.

Laboratory Animal Resources
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is the oversight body for the Laboratory Animal Resources service facility of the University of Oklahoma. This facility cares for all animals used in research on campus. The allied IACUC is involved with evaluation of research protocols involving animals, which oversees the humane treatment of animals on the Norman campus.

Microbially Enhanced Oil Recovery Laboratory (MEOR)
This laboratory is a joint effort between this Department and the School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering to improve oil yield by capitalizing on the biological properties of microorganisms to alter the characteristics of pore size in oil-bearing rock.

Oklahoma Biological Survey
The Oklahoma Biological Survey is an organized research unit on the Norman campus and is a designated state agency. Personnel of the survey are involved in field-oriented inventories within the State. The Survey, through the Oklahoma Natural Heritage Inventory, also conducts research on the status and distribution of rare species, ecologically significant communities, and on other aspects of Oklahoma's biological diversity. More information is available on the Oklahoma Biological Survey Home Page.

OU Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER)
OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research, a division of OU Information Technology, helps undergraduates, grad students, faculty and staff to learn and use supercomputing in their science and engineering. OSCER is located in the Stephenson Research and Technology Center.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
In 1899, the Territorial Legislature mandated a natural history museum on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Curators and staff of the museum conduct scientific investigations to preserve and develop a greater understanding and appreciation of natural resources and human cultural heritage; they develop exhibitions and conduct educational programs that illustrate, interpret, and explain the natural history of the state and region to bring a greater understanding of our world to the people of Oklahoma and others.

Samuel Roberts Noble Electron Microscopy Laboratory
This campuswide EM center contains one of the most sophisticated collections of electron and advanced light microscopes and preparative equipment in the Southwest. This research and educational facility is the leading imaging lab in Oklahoma and offers three semester-long courses on transmission, scanning and advanced light microscopy. More information is available on the Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory Home Page.

Biology Department
The Department of Biology is composed of 31 faculty members, 13 staff, and about 60 graduate students working in a wide array of specialties in animal biology. Core areas of emphasis have been developed within the broad fields of cell/genetic/developmental biology, physiology, animal behavior, and ecology/biodiversity.

History of Science Collection
The History of Science collection is comparable only to that of Harvard among history of science collections in North America. Located in a special climate controlled facility occupying the fifth floor of the Bizzell Memorial Library, its holdings in biology have impressive breadth and coverage.