Department physical facilities include laboratories, natural history collections, and field-study sites near the university. Most laboratory facilities are in Dyche Hall, Higuchi Hall, McGregor Herbarium, Haworth Hall, and the Public Safety Building. Special facilities in Haworth include controlled-environment rooms, greenhouses, and various instrument rooms, including an excellent Microscopy and Analytical Imaging Laboratory.
The natural history collections are housed by the Biodiversity Institute (BI) and include approximately 8 million specimens, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, arthropods and other invertebrates, parasites, and plants, as well as fossils of vertebrates, arthropods, other invertebrates, and plants. Collections support diverse research in evolutionary biology, paleobiology, and ecology including systematics, phylogenetics, biogeography, morphology, behavior, biodiversity informatics, and biotic surveys and inventories. The BI also has leading facilities for diverse analyses of biodiversity information, including well-equipped spatial analysis laboratories and extensive facilitites for molecular systematics.
The Kansas Biological Survey (KBS), housed in Higuchi Hall on west campus, is a KU research center and service unit and a non-regulatory state agency, whose mission is to gather information on the kinds, distribution, and abundance of plants and animals in Kansas, and to compile, analyze, interpret, and distribute this information broadly. of the state of Kansas. The KBS is a nationally recognized leader in several fields of environmental research and has maintained a strong tradition of natural history studies. Scientists at KBS study terrestrial ecosystem ecology, aquatic ecology, water quality, biodiversity, ecology and population biology of animals and plants, and conservation and restoration of natural communities. KBS researchers routinely use technologies such as satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in their research.
|The KBS administers the University of Kansas Field Station (KUFS), 3400 acres of field-sites dedicated to environmental research and education. KUFS sites are located within the transition zone between the Easter Deciduous Forest and Tallgrass Prairie biomes, and include woodland, prairie, old fields, and wetlands. The Fitch Natural History Reservation and Baldwin Woods are used primarily to study unmanipulated ecological processes|
in undisturbed habitats. The John H. Nelson Environmental Study Area is used for experimental ecological studies and has experimental ponds, a dedicated lake and watershed, a common garden, small-mammal enclosures, and a succession facility.
|Neotropical biodiversity is a special area of concentration among EEB faculty. Many faculty members have courtesy appointments in the Latin American Studies Program, which fosters multidisciplinary research in Latin America across the campus. KU is a member of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), and many faculty members and students participate in advanced, field-oriented OTS courses. Graduate students can receive fellowships for courses, e.g. Tropical Ecology (BIOL 786), or research projects in Costa Rica. Other EEB faculty members have research concentrations in Asia, Africa, Antarctica, and elsewhere, creating a genuinely global reach for EEB research activities.|
KU has a modern computer facilities, with wireless interact access available in most campus locations, and Ethernet connections in all student and faculty offices. Libraries, especially the Spencer Research Library and Anschutz Library, are excellent, as is the Linda Hall Science Library in Kansas City, which has a large collection of scientific journals.