The Biology Department maintains extensive facilities for teaching and research. Eight research laboratories are used by the faculty, and most projects include student participation. Two general teaching laboratories support courses in introductory biology, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. The environmental laboratory provides both wet lab benches and conventional class seating for courses in ecology and environmental science. An upper-level course laboratory serves advanced courses in anatomy, physiology and cell and molecular biology. All the laboratories are equipped with modern light microscopes and mobile laptop computers.
Field sampling equipment is available for forestry, wetland, and limnology projects. Genetic, cell and tissue work is supported by a scanning electron microscope, a DNA sequencer, fluorescence phase microscopes, and equipment for histological preparations. Environmental growth chambers are available for culturing microorganisms and plants. A greenhouse supports classroom work and student-faculty research projects.
Environmental Research Laboratory (ERL)
Penn State Altoona Natural Study Sites
Nearby Study Sites and Natural Areas
Canoe Creek State Park is a 957 acre park with diversified habitat and a 155 acre lake where faculty are engaged in research as well as education.
Prince Gallitzin State Park has 6,249 acres of mixed habitat including a 1,600 acre lake.
Blue Knob state Park has 5,874 acres of woodlands and the second highest mountain (3,146 ft) in Pennsylvania
Penn State University's Russell Larson Agricultural Experiment station with its experimental field plots and greenhouse is less than 45 minutes from the Penn State Altoona campus.
State Game Lands containing a diverse assemblage of terrestrial and wetland habitats are located within 15 minutes of the campus.
Contact:Dr. Edward P. Levri
Associate Professor of Biology
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Office: 202 Hawthorn Building