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Department of Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences 186 
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
+1 (403) 220-5261
+1 (403) 289-9311 (Fax)

Research and Teaching Collections Department of Biological Sciences supports research in many areas and promotes the development and work of numerous research labs that are affiliated with the department.

Zoology Museum

Located in the Biological Sciences building the collections of this education and research oriented museum are surprisingly diverse in content and use.  The zoology collections have been used for teaching over 20 undergraduate courses in Biological Sciences as well as courses in Museum and Heritage Studies, Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Environmental Science, and Engineering.  Recent research by faculty and staff associated with the zoology collections have included projects on comparative vertebrate morphology, West Nile Virus (in association with Dept. of Ecosystem and Public Health), biological surveys of the National Parks of Thailand, cloud forests in Costa Rica, rainforests in Panama, and currently a survey of the invertebrate fauna of the Kananaskis Valley, and books on the fly fauna of Africa and South America.  Funders for this research have included:  NSERC, The National Science Foundation (US), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the UN Environment Programme.  

The collections are also used extensively for public outreach such as the University /Biological Sciences’ open houses, and presentations for University Schools Week, Minds in Motion, Mini-U, and the Alberta Science Network.  For more information about the museum, its holdings, activities, and volunteer opportunities, please click on the above link.

Departmental Greenhouse

University of Calgary Plant Growth Facilities

 The Plant Growth Facilities (PGF) includes greenhouses, head house support areas, and environmental growth chambers. Although the PGF are available to the entire University of Calgary community, they are used, primarily, by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Teaching and Research Greenhouses

 The University of Calgary has approximately 4500 sq.ft of greenhouse space available for use by faculty in support of plant growth research and teaching. Contact staff for services. Service charges are assessed for all greenhouse users.

Plant Growth Chambers

 Forty six environmental growth chambers are owned and maintained by the Department of Biological Sciences. These are located on the third floor of the Science A building. Departmental chambers are, typically, assigned to departmental projects. If available, chambers may be assigned to researchers from other University departments. Fees are charged for use of growth chambers.

Facility Request Form (.doc)

Facility Request Form (.pdf)

Departmental Herbarium

Calgary's Herbarium has been providing indispensable botanical resources for teaching, research and industry for over 40 years. With an extensive collection of land plants from Alberta and around the world, the herbarium is dedicated to the collection, preservation and documentation of past and present plant biodiversity.

We hope to make an online collection of the resource in future, providing convenient access to collection information and pictures of the specimens housed in the Herbarium located in the Biological Sciences building at the U of C.

Science Workshop

The Science Workshop provides technical support to many researchers and teachers in the Faculty of Science, in addition to other University units. The Workshop has six highly skilled technicians who have access to an excellent complement of machine tools providing complete CNC and manual machine shop services, Computer-Aided Design and welding. The technical staff has over 115 years of combined experience on campus and a thorough knowledge of University needs. Assistance can be provided at any stage of a project, from design through selection of materials and process of fabrication. The department also operates a technical stores area, giving the Faculty easy access to a wide variety of hardware, fasteners, metals, plastics, etc. The Science Workshop is located in Science A, Room 007 and is available for use by all faculty members.