The University of West Florida's Marine Services Center (MSC) provides diving and research platforms for University sponsored projects and commercial clients involved in underwater ventures in and around the Gulf of Mexico.
The University Library has an excellent collection of texts, journals, and reference works to assist the students. A study room with the American Chemical Society journals is located in the science building.
The Biology Department maintains an open access lab which contains a combination of PCs and Macintosh computers. The use of PCs, consisting of word processing, spreadsheets, commercial programs and "CAS.org On-line" (computer search of the chemical literature), are an integral part of the coursework.
The Biology department maintains two green houses, one for plants and one for marine research.
The Biology Department maintains a 600 square foot greenhouse with automated watering and temperature controls adjacent to the Botany Teaching Lab. The greenhouse is used to maintain and propagate a variety plants used in the botany teaching laboratories, as well as space for undergraduate and graduate research projects in plant physiology, plant biotechnology, and plant development.
The University of West Florida, Marine Research Facility (MRF) encompasses 3200 ft2 of laboratory space dedicated to graduate and undergraduate research. The facility is divided into a photoperiod and climate controlled wet laboratory area and a marine/wetland plant conservatory. The wet laboratory area is equipped with running water both de‑chlorinated freshwater as well as filtered seawater (1500 gallon capacity) — and a regenerative air supply (5000 cfpm) capable of supporting large aeration or head-box demands. Climate control is maintained winter and summer by two thermostatically controlled HVAC units. Students have access to a variety of animal holding tanks ranging between 20 and 750 gallon capacity and equipped with either flow-through, or re-circulating biological filtration systems. The conservatory area is outfitted with a 70% shade and is cooled in summer with an evaporative wet-wall, and heated in winter by a natural gas heater. While the majority of botanical research projects rely on natural lighting, grow lights with photoperiod control are also available. A 300 ft2 public display area boasts a series of 250 gallon exhibits that highlight the seven distinct freshwater, estuary and marine habitats that exist within an hour’s drive of the University.
In addition to each of 11 faculty research labs being fully equipped with the standard equipment required to support basic/applied research (freezers and refrigerators, hoods, incubators, water baths, magnetic stirrers, pH meters, vacuum pumps, etc.), the following major pieces of equipment are housed within the research environment in Biology:
In addition, Biology has a fleet of vehicles used for field research and field courses (2013 Expedition, 2013 Ford PU, two 2012 vans and three older vans, as well as having access to the Marine Service Center fleet of more than a dozen boats of different sizes and capabilities.)