Facilities & Equipment
The Ronald R. Rhein Environmental Study Area
This thirty-acre parcel of land near the Kutztown University campus is maintained as an ecological preserve and study area. Since this area has not been farmed for at least thirty years, it is a fine example of old-field succession in Berks County. The variety of habitats present in the preserve provide excellent cover for many birds, mammals, and other vertebrates as well as invertebrates. Ecology, botany, entomology, and aquatic ecology courses regularly use the preserve as an outdoor laboratory. In addition, students and faculty often conduct research at the preserve.
Kutztown University Wetland
Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is the site of a protected wetland that is used as an instructional resource and on-campus research site. A number of courses make use of the wetland for field-based laboratory exercises including Taxonomy of Vascular Plants, Introduction to Environmental Science, Ecology, Plant Ecology, and Entomology.
Kutztown University Greenhouse
Kutztown University has a modern greenhouse facility that is used to support botany and ecology courses as well as faculty/student research projects.
Environmental Science students benefit from the use of specialized equipment in the Biology and Physical Sciences Departments that has been supported in part by a number of grants from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation has recently provided $156,981 in funding for LIMSport to support extensive use of computers in CHM 100/101 and CHM 102/103. Students in the Environmental Science Program have benefitted greatly from the Biology Department's acquisition of two National Science Foundation CCLI grants for more than $250,000 (including matching funds) for equipment to outfit a digital imaging laboratory to provide students with hands-on use of digital imaging technology in a large number of Biology courses and for physiology equipment to study environmental physiology of plants and animals. In addition, students are benefiting from two other curriculum-based NSF grants obtained by the Physical Sciences Department totaling $169,646 (including matching funds).
For more information contact:
Dr. Christopher F. Sacchi, Coordinator of Environmental Science
610-683-4314 or 610-683-4307 (Biology office)
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