In addition to state-of-the-art individual research laboratories, UTA Ecology & Evolution faculty share access to the following resources:
Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center
Houses one of the largest herpetological research collections in the United States with over 115,000 specimens. Faculty and students affiliated with the center are actively conducting field expeditions throughout North, Central and South America, Africa and Asia to better our understanding of global herpetological diversity.
The Life Sciences building contains two rooftop greenhouses (one maintained with tropical, humid conditions, the second maintained for hot, arid conditions), and several walk-in growth chambers.
Experimental Stream Facility
The experimental stream facility at UTA consists of twenty-four artificial stream mesocosms. Each stream mesocosm consists of a digital overhead stirrer placed above a 30.5 cm diameter glass round dish. An 8.9 cm propeller attached to the overhead stirrer provides continuous circular flow within the dish. Gravel provides a substrate on which small tiles are placed in the mesocosms to allow for the attachment and growth of periphyton communities. Periphyton communities are illuminated with metal halide lamps and water chemistries analyzed with a Seal AA3, the latest version of an automated segmented flow analyzer.
Genomics Core Facility
The Genomics Core Facility (GCF) houses one of the top interdisciplinary research facilities in North Texas and daily opperations are overseen by dedicated, full-time staff members. State-of-the-art equipment is available for DNA, RNA and imaging analyses including, Roche 454 GS-FLX, LSRII flow cytometer, and equipment for microarray hybridization and processing. See the GCF website for more detail on available resources or to contact the GCF Director.
The Zeiss LSM 510 Confocal Microscope is available for use in the genomics core facility. Parallel spectral detection with optimum resolution. In the way it implements the confocal principle, the design of the LSM 510 META system is unmatched. It allows multi fluorescence images to be collected without compromising resolution and efficiency. Training is provided as necessary by facility staff.
Center for Electron Microscopy
The Center for Electron Microscopy houses three electron microscopes: JEOL JEM-1200Ex TEMSCAN STEM equipped with an Oxford AN-10000 x-ray analyzer and image analysis system and a double tilt specimen stage; JEOL JSM-35C SEM with a Tracor Northern x-ray detector and a Vital Scan Digital Image system for image archiving and enhancement; JEOL JSM-T300 SEM offers a large specimen stage with backscatter detector.
Local Field Research
The North Texas region encompasses many sites for field research including prairie, oak savannah, and desert communities, as well as numerous lakes and streams. Colleagues at neighboring institutions including the Baylor University, University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University,the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas interact with faculty and students in our department through joint research projects, seminar series, graduate student committees, and field courses.
For more information about the facilities listed above, or to ask about additional resoures available in individual faculty laboratories please contact an member of the Ecology & Evolution group.