Facilities and Instrumentation
Bates Hall, Colton-Turner Hall, and Gerstacker Hall
Hiram has three buildings that house the Biology Department as well as allied programs, such as chemistry, neuroscience, environmental science, and physics. Biology courses and laboratories are taught in Colton and Gerstacker Halls, so students that are biology majors will have classes in both buildings. Colton Hall contains a roof-top greenhouse, located on the second floor of the building. The greenhouse, which is heated in the winter, is primarily used to hold a collection of plants for teaching laboratories; it also used for student and faculty research. Bates Hall is home of the psychology department where neuroscience students have some of their courses. This building also contains a research facility for studying capuchin monkeys. The Hiram College biology department has modern equipment including laboratory animal facilities, research-quality stereo, compound, confocal fluorescence microscopes, a digital imaging system, microplate reader, 1-D, 2-D, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis instruments, PCR thermocyclers, electroporator, preparative centrifuge, UV-VIS, GC, GC-MS, FT-IR, NMR, and HPLC.
The James H. Barrow Field Station was established in 1967 to provide Hiram College students with the opportunity to supplement classroom activities with hands-on learning experiences. The field station consists of a 380-acre parcel of land, with over 150 acres of beech-maple forest, a cold-water stream, two ponds, old fields of varying ages, young forests, crop fields, a two-mile interpretive nature trail, a waterfowl observation building and meeting center, a lab building with student research areas and natural history displays, experimental agricultural fields, and an aquatics building that includes an experimental stream and two containment pools. The most recent addition to the field station is an endangered waterfowl program, which includes a facility for research on the Madagascar Teal and the Asian White Wing Wood Duck.
The Northwoods Field Station is located in the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This facility was built by a group of Hiram students and faculty in the 1970s and is often used as a location for courses taught in the 3-week and summer terms. The station is 12 miles from Lake Superior at the western boundary of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The rustic facilities include six sleeping cabins and a main lodge. The camp is on the shore of Little Lost Lake and is surrounded by federal lands that contain hardwood and conifer forests, meadows, bogs, a river, and more than a dozen lakes, all within a two-mile hike of the station. At Northwoods, the emphasis is on living in harmony with nature, a low consumption lifestyle, and appropriate technology - including wind power and solar water heating. Summer course offerings vary and have included field biology, field botany, geology, environmental studies, natural history, and photography. The Northwoods program encourages individual projects and internships in areas such as water quality monitoring, fisheries surveying and habitat improvement, research and management of reproduction in the bald eagle, common loon, and sandhill crane, as well as in local oral history and folklore.
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Hiram College is affiliated with the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML), through which students may participate in summer courses and internship opportunities. SML is also a site for annual marine field trips of traditional Hiram College classes during the academic year. Shoals programs are administered by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire on Appledore Island in the Gulf of Maine.