Biology at Southeast...what you need, we have.
Southeast Missouri State University is located at the head of the Mississippi River Delta. Located just one mile from the Mississippi River, the University can offer a unique setting for aquatic studies. Upland, our students work with conservation personnel to study and maintain Missouri natural resources. Downstream, our faculty and students collaborate with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory for study and research on marine environments. The Shawnee National Forest, the most northern Bald Cypress swamp, lies just across the Mississippi. Whether you are interested in aquatic wildlife (plants, inverterbrates, or animals), marine animal behavior, or limestone cave life left by ancient water systems, Southeast is the place to study!
Southeast is equipped for limited animal care. The facility offers faculty and student collaborators the opportunity to research live animal behavior within a controlled environment. Our favorite? Sugar gliders!
Got fish? Southeast's resources don't stop there. Southeast has a broad interest in aquatic life. Faculty research ranges from molecular studies on Carribean fish to the cellular mechanism of water balance in calcareous ferns, from the genetic diversity of aquatic invertebrates and plants to management of turtles in freshwater environment... and it doesn't stop there. Here on the shores of the mighty Mississippi, we can involve you in almost every aspect of aquatic life and management. It's not just research, either. Our students are heavily involved in volunteer and intern opportunities that afford real life experience. If it's aquatic, it's Southeast.
The Center for Environmental Analysis is actively involved in several public health and environmental health research areas. Project areas include the assessment of surface water quality impacts resulting from agricultural run-off, indoor air quality and pediatric health, dermal absorption of organophosphate insecticides, groundwater assessment, atmospheric deposition of metals on soils and vegetation, wildlife impacts resulting from environmental pollution, geophysical testing and GIS/remote sensing. The Center combines the efforts of three analytical laboratories and a geoprocessing laboratory in these research efforts and utilizes state of the art analytical instrumentation and geographical information system technologies and software. Come to Southeast and develop the scientific skills needed in today's job market.
Visit the Center for Environmental Analysis Website.
If your future is in Biological Education, Southeast is perfect. The Conservation Campus at South County Park, in cooperation with the Department of Conservation, provides Southeast Missouri State University students access to the resources and personnel at this facility. For pre-service teachers there is a tremendous variety of conservation-related classroom material available.
The Southeast Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC), run by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education here at Southeast, offers workshops for teachers in the area. Pre-service teachers may attend at greatly reduced rates. It'sA great way to get hands on experience applicable to the classroom.
The Biology Department has two greenhouses located adjacent to Rhodes and Magill Halls. The greenhouses contain conditioned rooms for xerophytes, aquatic plants, and plants that require high humidity. In addition, there is space for faculty and students to conduct research and independent classroom study.
Down the Mississippi, down to the delta, it's a natural extension of study at Southeast. Missouri's waters may be fresh, but Southeast doesn't stop there. Our collaboration with the GCRL provides a way to study and research salt water organisms, both in the water and in the terrestrial coast communities.
View the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Website.
Imaging at Southeast is digital. In research experiences, you'll be able to capture micrographs on the computer or view and analyze gels with our Kodak Imager. Analyze western blots with our LI-COK C-Digit Chemiluminescent Blot Scanner that is specifically designed for acquisition and analysis of chemiluminescent western blots.
Light and fluorescent microscopy needs can be met with our Nikon Eclipse NiE upright microscope with epifluorescence digital camera and software.
If electron microscopy is your interest, several labs collaborate with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, just an hour drive from Southeast. You also can capture those images you need of the classroom, animal behavior, or plant specimens with numerous digital cameras in the department.
IRTC is a technology and resource facility that is state-of-the-art for students, faculty, staff and area teachers. It is located in Scully Room 210.
As one of the few universities that offer a program specifically for wildlifers, you're going to love it here. Kelso Wildlife Sanctuary is a typical Ozark borders oak-hickory forest that is used in classes and in independent student research projects. It's located just minutes away from campus with easy access, but you'll feel miles away from civilization as you stroll through its woods.
Southeast faculty and students actively employ a variety of molecular techniques in research. Our curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking about microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics, along with a familiarity with the primary scientific literature in these fields. In classes and independent research you can learn skills in microbiology, immunobiology, gene cloning, sequencing and characterization, bioinformatics analysis, protein biochemistry, organismal physiology and this list goes on. Graduates from this program can go on to post-graduate study, or directly to employment in laboratory research careers. If you are looking for an academic home that will nurture you toward your goals and allow you to develop the skills you need to succeed, it's Southeast.
The Miller Reserve is a 27.22-acre plot located on Highway N south of Scott City, Missouri. The site was received by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation as a charitable gift from the family of the late Georgia Lee Miller Lawrence. In addition to the reserve, Mrs. Lawrence's sons, Dr. Addison Lee Lawrence and Dr. John Lawrence have established the Georgia Lee Lawrence Fund. This fund helps to provide scholarships to graduate students in Southeast's Department of Biology to conduct ongoing thesis research on the site. Students from Southeast will have opportunities to conduct approved graduate and/or undergraduate projects on the reserve in the years to come. There has been an ongoing cooperative effort from NRCS, MDC and Southeast faculty and staff to restore the site into a functioning wetland. The joint goal is to restore and manage the reserve as a bottomland hardwood forest containing ephemeral pools and open wetland areas. A parking lot and a shed have recently been added so that ongoing management can take place on site.
Located in the Ozarks, the Reis Biological Station is home to 225 acres of upland oak-hickory forest. The station also harbors short leaf pine, calcareous ferns, and a diverse group of wildlife. The unique setting emerges from the Emmince-Potosi Limestone formation, which outcrops there and forms the foundation for glades, caves, springs, ponds, rivers and reservoirs. Reis Biological Station is the destination for field trips, mini-courses, and students engaging in research.
Visit the Reis Biological Station Website.
Our herbarium houses approximately 15,000 plant specimens. The facility includes a drying cabinet and a mounting area. The herbarium continues to expand as faculty and students document area plant life.
Our vertebrate, invertebrate, and insect collections are composed of regional representatives. We have strong holdings in aquatic and mammalian vertebrates. We also have a bird collection worth viewing! Enjoy our museum or use it for research!