Research Facilities

EBIO houses and supports facilities available for use by faculty and students for research, as well as several highly funded facilities for ongoing research. Additionally, affiliations with other departments and institutes provide access to even more research facilities available to faculty of students of CU Boulder.

Niwot RidgeNiwot Ridge Ameriflux Site

Located in a subalpine forest ecosystem just below the Continental Divide near Nederland, CO. The Ameiflux site focuses on carbon, water and energy exchanges between a subalpine forest and the atmosphere to provide a foundation for understanding forests and their possible sensitivity to nearby urban activities. Visit the Niwot Ridge AmeriFlux Website for more information.


EBIO supports and maintains three large greenhouses at 30th Street (East Campus) Macky Auditorium and Ramaley Biology. These state-of-the-art greenhouses are used for a variety of research and teaching activities. Visit the Greenhouse website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Confocal Microscope

Lake Isabelle

Ramaley NB180 Confocal microscopy has the advantage over conventional optical microscopy of eliminating out-of-focus blur from images. This allows generating three-dimensional images of thick transparent specimens without the need for physical sectioning. The non-invasive nature of the technique allows its application even to living specimens. The EBIO Confocal Imaging Facility is equipped with a Leica TCS SP2 AOBS confocal microscope and is open to all members of the Boulder campus after appropriate training in its use. A charge of $20 per hour is applied to its use. The facility also possesses a Leica MZFLIII fluorescence stereomicroscope for sorting or orienting fluorescent specimens. For additional information visit the confocal website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CU Mountain Research Station

Located at 2900m (9500 ft) in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, the Mountain Research Station is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research providing research and education opportunities for scientists, students, and the general public. Look for classes offered at the Mountain Research station in the EBIO Undergraduate Courses page. CU Mountain Research Station Website


INSTAAR - The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) develops scientific knowledge of physical and biogeochemical environmental processes at local, regional and global scales, and applies this knowledge to improve society's awareness and understanding of natural and anthropogenic environmental change.

CU Museum

Explore science at the source with extensive animal and plant collections at the CU Museum. See incredible specimens from around the globe, hear famous artists and noted scholars speak about their work, or enjoy a roundtable discussion at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

MORPH - Molecular and Organismal Research in Plant History

MORPH is a Research Coordination Network in Historical Developmental Biology. The primary activities of the MORPH are to support training opportunities for students, post docs, and early career professors between organismic (neobotanical and paleobotanical) and molecular labs; and a series of annual meetings and symposia that focus on current topics in plant evo-devo. MORPH Website