Each faculty mentor has an independent research laboratory that is fully equipped to complete the research projects. The faculty mentors are variously appointed in at least one of three units on the KU campus – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Biodiversity Institute (BI), and/or the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS). Thus, the collective facilities and resources of these research units will be available for REU participants.
Microscopy and analytical imaging laboratory — light, electron, and scanning probe microscopes, cell sorters, 2-D DIGE scanning and analysis, microarray scanning; fulltime laboratory director and fulltime laboratory manager
Growth chambers — Growth chambers with temperature, light, humidity, & CO2 control capable of both controlled scrubs and additions of CO2
Greenhouse — ~3000 sq. ft of greenhouse space, fulltime greenhouse manager, & multiple student workers to assist with planting and maintenance
Computation facilities — 200-core Linux cluster
Drosophila rearing — dedicated incubators with light, temperature, & humidity control and two temperature controlled fly labs.
Shared molecular laboratory — Real time PCR machine, Nano-drop DNA quantification system, gel documentation system, shaking incubators & cloning facility, autoclave, ice machines, analysis programs (e.g., Sequencer, Geneious, PAUP, GeneMapper)
Bioshop — in-house machine, electronic, and wood shop for the construction and repair of equipment and experimental set-ups
DNA core facility — DNA sequencing and fragment analysis service
Museum collections — extensive collections representing 12 research units, each research unit has a fulltime collections manager and tenured or tenure-track faculty curators.
Bioinformatics — technology center within biodiversity research community with more than 10 staff persons ranging from biologists to software developers.
Field station — located 20 minutes from campus, the field station is within the ecotone between the eastern deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie biomes. The 3,400 acres has diverse native and managed habitats, experimental systems, support facilities and long-term data sets. Facilities include two wet labs, three workrooms, small anima care/holding unit, an aquatic research lab, a lath house, gardening areas, a workshop, large equipment (e.g. mowers, tractors), experimental ponds, mesocosm tanks, a reservoir, habitat fragmentation plots, restored prairie and historic secondary succession forest. The field station is a satellite site for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).