UT Tyler Department of Biology


The Department of Biology is housed in the science and HPR buildings, which contain faculty and graduate student offices, research and teaching laboratories, environmental chambers, animal rooms, an herbarium/museum and a departmental stockroom.

The laboratories are equipped with instruments for a variety of analytical protocols including:

  • Ultraviolet/visible/infrared spectrophotometry.
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry.
  • Liquid scintillation counting.
  • Gas chromatography.
  • Supercritical fluid gas chromatography.
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometry.
  • Electrophoresis.
  • Ultrasound scanning.

The department also maintains The University of Texas at Tyler Ophidian Research Colony (ORC), which was established in 1989 and provides neonate snakes and eggs of oviparous snakes to researchers around the country. The colony includes a diverse groups of species including species of colubrids, pythons and vipers.

The landscape ecology laboratory contains PC-based computers, scanners, photo-quality printers, and a large-format plotter. All systems run ArcGIS v9.2 software with several extensions and Fragstats.