Facilities & Resources

Johnstone Science Center
The biology department is housed in the Johnstone Science Center, which was expanded and completely renovated in 2000. The facility was designed around several interdisciplinary themes, including Environmental Science and Policy, Biotechnology, and Science Communications. All classrooms and teaching labs are new or completly renovated and are fully wired to the campus network. The Johnstone Science Center also houses a student computer lab.

Biology Department Facilities
Teaching and student-faculty research in the biology department is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and equipment , including phase contrast and fluorescence microscopes; scanning and transmission electron microscopes; computer-assisted physiographs; two computer-assisted microimage analysis workstations; facilities for housing animals and an animal surgery room; ultracold freezers; a Biotechnology Center with equipment for DNA and protein eletrophoresis, genetic engineering, cloning, DNA fingerprinting, and immunology; the Corning Tissue Culture Facility; dedicated student-faculty research labs; photographic and darkroom equipment; a greenhouse; an herbarium; field equipment for ecological studies of plants and animals; and walk-in cold rooms.

Just as important as the availability of good science equipment is our philosophy of its use. Unlike most university laboratories where the best and most sophisticated equipment is available only to graduate students and faculty, Hartwick students have complete access to all equipment. This tradition of ready access enables students to become familiar with instrumentation techniques and to develop research skills not commonly available to undergraduates. This gives our students a distinct advantage in graduate school, professional school, or industry.

A microimage analysis workstation equipped two kinds of microscopes: a phase contrast/epifluorescence compound microscope for high resolution work, and a stereoscopic microscope for whole mounts and microsurgery. A second station in the Corning Tissue Culture facility is equipped with an inverted phase contrast microscope. Both have digital cameras for capturing still or motion images.

Pine Lake Environmental Campus
In addition to its facilities on the main campus, the biology department also makes extensive use of the Pine Lake Environmental Campus, a 900+ acre college-owned facility in West Davenport, about 8 miles from the main campus. Biology research and classes are centered at the Robert R. Smith Field Laboratory, which houses a classroom and lab space equipped with computers, microscopes, analytical equipment, and storage space for field equipment.

Classes and researchers at Pine Lake take advantage of the tremendous natural environment in the vicinity. The Pine Lake Environmental Campus itself includes approximately 600 acres of upland deciduous and Hemlock forest (the Upper Tract); a kettle lake (Pine Lake); a sphagnum bog (Mud Lake); a cold-water trout stream, Charlotte Creek; and a variety of other natural habitats. More on Pine Lake...

Johnstone Science Center

Animal Development Lab

Principles of Biology Lab

Anatomy and Physiology Lab

"The Toadery"- Walk-in Coldroom


Microimage Analysis Workstation

Student-Faculty Research Lab


The Corning Tissue Culture Lab

Biology Resources at Pine Lake

Robert R. Smith Environmental Field Lab

Inside the Field Lab

Pine Lake, a kettle lake

Pine Lake's Upper Tract is 600+ acres of forest

Students at work in Pine Lake's Upper Tract.