Few academic institutions can rival our ready access to diverse natural habitats.
The Department of Biological Sciences Facilities
The Department of Biological Sciences has spaces for growing a wide variety of organisms, including a separate National Institutes of Health-approved Animal Care Facility for the maintenance of warm-blooded animals that is located in the adjoining medical school research building. The department has numerous pieces of shared equipment including multiple super-speed centrifuges, ultra centrifuges, fluorescence plate reader, Chemi-Doc and two Nano Drops. The light microscope facilities houses two laser scanning confocals, a spinning disk confocal, TIRF system, multi-photon microscope and wide-field fluorescence microscope. An EM facility with transmission and scanning electron microscopes is located in nearby Remsen Hall.
The glaciated terrain of New Hampshire and Vermont offers innumerable small, clear streams, ponds, bogs, and vernal pools. These waters, including even the Connecticut River that marks the west limit of the campus, are only superficially explored. The northern boreal forests and the more southern deciduous forest overlap in our area, and alpine tundra exists in the mountains only an hour away. We can reach representative communities from all these environments on routine field trips. Classes are taken to marine tide pools and salt marshes at the coast in a single day.
Dartmouth's biologists currently conduct research in a number of sites with permanent research facilities, including sites in New England and the new and old world tropics. Several areas owned by the college are available for research, including the College Grant, a 26,000 acre tract in northern New Hampshire with two rivers. Mt. Moosilauke is a Dartmouth-owned property less than an hour from Hanover. This mountain has been the site of Dartmouth research in forest ecology since the late 1960's. Since 1985 Mt. Moosilauke has been one of the primary US Forest Service and EPA sites for the study of atmospheric deposition on forest vegetation.
Graduate students conduct research in many different ecosystems around the world. Many students conduct research within the expansive forests, streams, and lakes of New England, including the famous Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Various other graduate research projects involve studies at the Rocky Mountain Biological Station in Colorado, within the coastal sage scrub systems of southern California, in tropical rainforests and African savannahs, and in pine forests of the southern U.S. and Mexico.
The Dana Library
The Dana Biomedical Library in Hanover on the College campus is one of two Biomedical Libraries at Dartmouth. The other is the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
The mission of the Biomedical Libraries is to identify, develop, and provide resources and services that are responsive to the biological and medical information needs of the College, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The combined collections comprise the largest biomedical library in Northern New England and contain nearly 300,000 physical volumes. Current subscriptions number about 2,500, including access to about 1,800 digital journals. The Biomedical Libraries Web provides information about services and resources, including links to MEDLINE, Web of Science, BIOSIS, several biotechnical databases, and more.
The Biomedical Libraries are a component of the Dartmouth College Library system. Several other libraries in the system have important collections for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, including the Baker/Berry Library, the Kresge Physical Sciences Library, and the Feldberg Business and Engineering Library.
Dartmouth Medical School
The present laboratory and classroom facilities in the Remsen and Vail buildings cover 187,000 square feet of floor space on seven levels. Arcades at the third level link them to the Gilman laboratories and to the Kellogg Auditorium. There are several Dartmouth Medical School departments with whom students may collaborate. Specialized instruments required in the Molecular Biology Core Facility.
Kiewit Computer Center
The Kiewit Computer Center supports a variety of mainframe computers and operating systems, providing outstanding facilities for data-storage, programming and computer analysis. The Kiewit Network connects central computers and workstations on campus, allowing easy access to the public file server that contains courseware, public domain and site-licensed software, and shared files.