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Facilities & Centres

EEB benefits from world-class facilities found across three university campuses, as well as our field station (Koffler Scientific Reserve) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Collectively, these facilities enable ground-breaking research integrating fieldwork, growth facilities, museum collections, experiments, and genomics. 

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Growth Facilities

The Growth Facilities include 1000 m2 of glasshouse bench space, 20 walk-in growth chambers, and 70 growth chambers. These facilities provide controlled environmental conditions for a range of organisms (plants, insects, fish, fungi, nematodes and bacteria) which faculty, students and teaching labs use for research, lecture courses and lab demonstration material.

The Growth Facilities are part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and are used by both EEB and CSB. The Growth Facilities staff maintains a Teaching Plant Collection and provides researchers with growth space, material, and advice, and has a wide range of knowledge and experience with plant growth and pest control.

Koffler Scientific Reserve

Located on the Oak Ridges Moraine in King Township, north of Toronto, the Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) at Jokers Hill is an internationally recognized site for cutting-edge research and education in biodiversity, ecology and conservation biology. Acquired in 1995 by the University of Toronto, it consists of 350 ha of highly diverse forest, old field and wetland communities.

Courses offered by the University of Toronto bring students to Koffler Scientific Reserve for the type of hands-on experience that no campus can offer. KSR also offers learning experiences through special events, including guided Nature Walks and Natural History Workshops.

Collections & Research at the ROM

The Department of Natural History at the ROM comprises 12 collections and research areas: Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy, Mycology, Ornithology,Invertebrate Palaeontology, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Geology, and Mineralogy. Curators in most of these disciplines are cross-appointed to, and serve as professors in, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 

The ROM now houses the Fungal Herbarium and the Green Plant Herbarium. Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto whose research involves plants/fungi are encouraged to visit the herbaria, and to deposit voucher specimens from their research. The Canadian Phycological Culture Centre (CPCC) is now housed by the University of Waterloo.


A critical bridge between CSB and EEB (and colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine) is the Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function (CAGEF).

The Centre brings together researchers with interests in comparative, evolutionary, and functional analyses of genomes and proteomes. It facilitates the interdisciplinary studies and intellectual interactions, the training of students and postdocs, the sharing of facilities for high-throughput genomic and proteomic studies, and the acquisition of resources and grants.