Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
PhD Program at Miami University
Facilities and Centers
Students in the EEEB program have access to excellent research equipment and facilities, both in the lab and in the field. Research labs house state-of-the-art equipment, and many shared facilities promote a spirit of collaboration. Some of the key facilities and centers are described below.
Miami University's Ecology Research Center, located less than 3 miles from campus, is a 175-acre field site dedicated to research and education in ecology and environmental science. The center is a focal point for faculty and student research and field exercises for undergraduate and graduate-level courses.
Miami's Natural Areas, within walking distance of the Oxford campus, consist of over 1000 acres and 15 miles of trails. Habitats available for research and teaching include old-growth and secondary forest, old fields, ponds and streams.
Hueston Woods State Park
Hueston Woods State Park, located 5 miles north of Oxford, comprises approximately 1200 hectares (2950 acres). Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve consists of over 800 hectares (200 acres) representing the beech-maple forest that once covered much of Ohio.
Acton Lake is a 250-hectare reservoir situated in the heart of Hueston Woods State Park. Acton Lake is part of an Ohio-wide system of reservoirs that Miami ecologists are investigating to understand the effects of agricultural practices on the structure and functioning of reservoirs. Long-term, up-to-date data sets are key to our understanding and they have installed a buoy at Acton Lake now that provides real-time data on weather variables (e.g., air temperature, wind, sunlight) and limnological variables (e.g., water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll).
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Lab
The GIS has 26 computers and state of the art GIS, ESRI, ERDAS and IDRISI software, and is supported by a full-time GIS Coordinator. Supplemental university facilities include a Center for Information Management, a map library, and an audio-visual service.
Miami University's Center for Animal Behavior provides opportunities to study animal behavior at many levels. The work at the center helps us better understand how animal and human behavior is generated and how it has been maintained over time.
Miami University's Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics is a state-of-the-art research and training facility available to all members of the university. The center also maintains equipment to assist in bioinformatic and functional genomic research.
Located at Miami's Hamilton Campus, The Conservatory was a gift from the Richard J. Fitton family of Hamilton. It is a 7,000 square foot multi-use facility, comprising educational, research and public display spaces. It is unique not only in its architectural beauty, but it houses the largest fully documented academic collection of exotic plants in the area. In addition, the exterior grounds are a celebration of the way Ohio's native plants can be incorporated into ornamental landscaping. Southwest of The Conservatory is a 2.5 acre restored tallgrass prairie with an observation trail.
The Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging is an all-university research, teaching and service facility. The facility houses 2 scanning electron microscopes, 2 transmission electron microscopes, 2 laser scanning confocal microscopes, a deconvolution light microscope, and a wide-field multimode light microscope. The facility also has a diversity of computer and digital imaging/analysis capabilities.
The Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium is Ohio's largest herbarium. The holdings of approximately 620,000 specimens are worldwide in both geographical and taxonomic coverage. Active exchange programs are ongoing with many herbaria worldwide to ensure the continued breadth and depth of the collection.
Located on Miami's main campus, the Center for Environmental Education is a comprehensive natural science and science education resource for diverse audiences. The Center enables learners of all ages — from primary students to undergraduates to retirees — to enhance their understanding of and appreciation for biodiversity, conservation and ecology. The Center is composed of three core components: The Hefner Zoology Museum, the GREEN Teachers Institute and the Biosphere Project.
The Karl E. Limper Geology Museum serves Miami University, residents of southwestern Ohio, area schools, and local geologists — both amateur and professional. The museum continues to develop into a center for engaging visitors in developing a deeper understanding the dynamic world in which we live.