Facilities

The following facilities are available to students in the Department of Biology.

1. HAROLD M. TUCKER HERBARIUM

This is a regional depository of plants that can be used by any scientist or interested user. There are about 32,000 specimens collected primarily from southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon. The facility is used regularly in Plant Biosystematics and Biogeography and Field Botany courses. Work study students and students in those classes contribute to its value as a resource both in and outside of the College. Contact Dr. Mansfield.

2. ORMA J. SMITH MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

This is a regional natural history museum. It houses the largest insect collection in Idaho (over 60 species new to science have been described from its holdings). The fish collection is also Idaho’s largest and most complete. There are collections of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fossils, invertebrates, mushrooms, Mexican plants, and a small library, as well as an ethnographic collection. There are many scientifically important specimens from Idaho, the region, Australia, Mexico, and elsewhere and the display area has exhibits prepared by students and friends of the Museum. The Museum is used by a variety of classes, as well as local and national researchers, and provides numerous opportunities for student research. The Museum is staffed mainly by volunteers and there are many opportunities for you to become involved. The first Saturday of every month (Museum Day) is a good time to wander down to the basement of Boone and find out what is going on. Keep your eyes open on the Museum board by the Biology office. Contact Dr. Yensen.

3. WITTENBERGER PLANETARIUM

The planetarium is a valuable resource that can be made available for student projects in science teaching an related fields. Contact Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211 for access.

4. EVANS GEM AND MINERAL COLLECTION

This resource may be available for special student projects. Contact Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211 for access.

5. COMPUTER LABS

There are clusters of computers located several places in Boone Hall that are available for student use. Please respect classes in session and use other computers at such times.

6. BIOLOGY LIBRARY

A small collection of books, journals, and other resources are maintained in Boone 221, and these are available for student use. We ask that books remain in the library. See Juanita Sosa Manzo (Biology Office) or a faculty member if you would like to borrow a book from the library.

7. FIELD ROOM EQUIPMENT

The Biology Department has field equipment for individual lab field trips, research projects, Philo Tech field trips, or extended off-campus field trips. See Juanita Sosa Manzo (Biology Office) for checkout of equipment.