Biology and Marine Biology

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River Watch, the Aquarius underwater ocean laboratory, the Shellfish Research Hatchery, the UNCW
Finfish Mariculture program, and the UNCW Coastal Society.
Our students also benefit from their ability to participate in two certificate programs within our
College – Applied Statistics and Environmental Studies. Availability of these certificate programs
enhances the breadth of training of our graduate students.


The Department of Biology and Marine Biology occupies c. 42,000 ft^2 of laboratory and office
space in two principal buildings on UNCW’s main campus. Dobo Hall houses faculty from our
department and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our department occupies 3,500 ft^2 of
office, 7,900 ft^2 of teaching, and 11,100 ft^2 of research space in Dobo Hall. Friday Hall provides an
additional 3,900 ft^2 of office, 8,500 ft^2 of teaching and 7,000 ft^2 of research space. Laboratories in Dobo
Hall and Friday Hall are well equipped with instrumentation needed for a wide range of molecular,
microbial and organismal research. In addition, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, also
located in Dobo Hall, houses a number of analytical instruments that are available to the Department of
Biology and Marine Biology, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, mass spectrometers and
gas chromatographs. The department also has an animal care facility located in the PPH building between
Dobo Hall and Friday Hall that has both wet lab space for aquaria and laminar flow cage enclosures.
The Oriole Burevitch laboratory provides laboratory and storage space for faculty and students
conducting field studies on marine and terrestrial mammals and reptiles, seabirds and marine fishes.
Offices and research laboratories for approximately one-third of the Department’s faculty are
located at UNCW’s CREST Research Campus on the intra-coastal waterway. This campus comprises
three principal structures: the Center for Marine Science, Oyster Hatchery and Marine Biotechnology
buildings. Facilities at the CREST Campus are described in more detail in a separate section below.
A representative, but by no means complete, list of major equipment housed in Friday Hall, Dobo
Hall and at CMS during the previous Graduate Program Review is presented below. For comparison, a list
of equipment obtained since then (2008-present) is presented as well; this equipment has been obtained by
a mix of intra- and extramural funding.

Examples of equipment housed in research laboratories in Friday Hall, Dobo Hall and the Center for
Marine Science; this list is not exhaustive.
Low speed, high speed centrifuges
Ultralow freezers, refrigerator freezers
Analytical and microbalances
Liquid scintillation and gamma counters (β and γ counters)
Tissue culture facilities including tissue culture hoods and incubators, and laminar flow hoods
spectrophotometers (standard and microplate readers),
Fluorometers, luminometers
ELISA readers
Thermal cyclers
Gel analysis hardware and software
Phosphor imager
Research-grade light microscopes in addition to a multi-user Microscopy Facility (see below)
Coulter counter
Flow cytometers including one equipped for cell sorting
Nutrient analysis laboratory (four-channel autoanalayzer, total organic carbon and nitrogen analyzers,

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