Resources & Research Facilities


The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in a LEED Platinum Certified research facility, the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center.  This state of the art building houses approximately 28 research programs, a light microscopy facility, Drosophila media kitchen, apparatus shop, 3-D printing shop and rooftop greenhouse. 

The department has numerous pieces of shared equipment including multiple autoclaves, super-speed centrifuges, ultra centrifuges, fluorescence plate reader, Chemi-Doc and two Nano Drop spectrophotometers. 

The Life Sciences Light Light Microscopy Facility  has two laser scanning confocal microscopes, two spinning disk confocal microscopes, a TIRF system, a multi-photon microscope and a wide-field fluorescence microscope. An EM facility with transmission and scanning electron microscopes is located in nearby Engineering and Computer Science Building.

The building is equipped with several constant temperature rooms, three walk-in plant growth chambers and several reach-in plant growth chambers.  Additionally, there is 3000 square feet of research greenhouse space in the Life Sciences Greenhouse.

The Life Sciences Center adjoins the Geisel School of Medicine facilities on the Hanover campus.  The  Institute for Biomolecular Targeting, the Molecular Biology Core Facility, the Electron Microscopy Facility and a National Institutes of Health-approved Animal Care Facility are all located in Geisel.

Ecological and Environmental Studies


For ecological studies, the glaciated terrain of New Hampshire and Vermont offers innumerable streams, ponds, bogs and extensive deciduous and coniferous forests. Alpine tundra and coastal habitats are within a 1-2 hour drive. Several areas owned by the college are available for teaching and research, including the Dartmouth College Grant, a 26,000-acre tract in northern New Hampshire. The nearby White Mountain National Forest and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest are used extensively for teaching and research by Dartmouth faculty and students.

Dartmouth's Organic Farm is just up the road from the from the Life Sciences Center.  The farm's house, barn and greenhouses sit along on the Connecticut River and there are extensive woodlands to the east of the farmhouse.