Resources in Biology
The Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center boasts seven research labs and over 100 aquariums, anchored by a 15,000 gallon research and display tank. Each tank in the Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquarium features a different captive ecosystem, several with a camera to send images to a streaming video server. Through a natural filtration system designed by students, the center draws and recycles water from Sarasota Bay. At Pritzker, students and faculty also design outreach programs to engage the local community in the world of science. Learn more.
The 34,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computational science, mathematics and physics. There is a new state-of-the-art Optical Spectroscopy and Nano-Materials laboratory, research greenhouse and herbarium that are part of the complex. Special equipment includes a scanning electron and fluorescent microscopes in biology, a 24-station chemistry teaching lab with transparent fume hoods and sampling equipment for field ecology. The Heiser Natural Sciences Complex is also home to Soo Bong Chae Auditorium, a tiered lecture hall for the natural sciences named after the longtime New College mathematician.
Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent not-for-profit marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida, less than 15 minutes from campus. The laboratory aims to advance the science of the sea, both through its marine and estuarine research labs and through the public Mote Aquarium and its affiliated educational programs. New College faculty and students often conduct research at Mote.
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- Pre-Med Club
Pre-Med Internship and Volunteer Positions
- New College’s Student-Run Organic Garden
- Student-Run Native Plant Restoration Project
- Sustainable Features on Campus (residence halls, water fountains and more)
Some students participate in faculty programs in Panama and Honduras. Previously students traveled to Finland, Ireland and Germany through a FIPSE exchange program focused on the sciences. There is an MOU with Trier’s Umwelt Campus for exchange of students and faculty. Recently a new MOA opened with the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for exchange of students and faculty.
- Hands-On Research Opportunities
Biology students have expanded their studies outside of the class through ISPs, tutorials and thesis work. We also explore research through lab experiments, literary analysis, debate and argument, field observations, mathematical modeling, participant interviews, data analysis, studio time, archival work, and more. As a Biology AOC you will get hands-on experience in lab experiments, field observation, modeling, data mining and analysis as well as historical research.
- Here is a list of some of the projects our students are currently involved in:
• Researching Corn through a NSF Grant: Associate Professor of Biology Amy Clore helped write and win a $4.93 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation enabling New College and four other institutions to conduct fundamental research into the early development of corn, known in the scientific world as maize. The grant provides a wealth of opportunities with its strong emphasis on undergraduate research. New College biology students have been conducting experiments to determine what genes are expressed in the kernel and in which specific tissues. In the process, they have learned a number of cutting-edge cell imaging techniques. Some students have worked alongside Professor Clore at New College, and others have traveled to the University of Arizona to conduct research. Locally, Clore and her students have begun to conduct outreach activities at a local K-8 charter school to teach youngsters about seeds and grains and their importance to healthy nutrition.
- • Examining the short and long-term impact of insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals on the environment with Professor of Biology Elzie McCord as part of a multi-year grant from the Rita B. LaMere Memorial Foundation.
- • Studying the effects of certain pharmacological agents on fish behavior.
- • Under the guidance of Professor Sandra Gilchrist, director of Pritzker Marine Biological Research Center, New College students are participating in a natural sciences project to plant native vegetation in a constructed wetland at the College’s Pritzker Marine Biological Research Center. As part of the project, students are learning how salt-tolerant plants help the wetland system absorb phosphorous and nitrates produced by aquaria marine life waste and how mycorrhizal fungus enjoys a symbiotic relationship with native plants, aiding in the process of wetlands' filtration through a symbiotic relationship.
- • Students who take Professor Al Beulig's Coral Reef Ecology course have an opportunity to participate in a field lab in Bocas del Toro, Panama during the summer.