Astronomy & Astrophysics

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Research at the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab (AARL) spans from understanding the early solar system and our own beginnings to the origin of galaxies in the Universe.


Crustaceans

Crustaceans

The Crustacean Unit employs an integrative approach to understanding the ecology and evolution of crayfishes and two major groups of obligate crayfish symbionts.


Genomics & Microbiology

Genomics & Microbiology

The Genomics and Microbiology unit uses cutting-edge genomic technologies to explore the microscopic world of DNA inside a diversity of species from primates to planthopper insects, and the microbes associated with them.


Geology

Geology

The Geology unit conducts experimental, analytical and field-based research in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, with a focus on apatite phases and the geology of North Carolina.


Herpetology

Herpetology

The Herpetology unit conducts collections- and field-based research on the diversity, distributions, natural history, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in North Carolina and around the world.


Ichthyology

Ichthyology

Why are fishes so diverse? From the sunfish and gars of North Carolina, to the enigmatic species of Antarctica and the deep-sea, our staff investigate the factors that have generated and continue to maintain this amazing biodiversity using an integrative approach that combines field, laboratory, and collections based research.


Malacology

Malacology

The primary foci of the Malacology research unit are freshwater bivalves, freshwater gastropods, and the terrestrial gastropods and marine mollusks of North Carolina.


Mammalogy

Mammalogy

Researchers in the Mammalogy unit study the mammals of North Carolina and beyond with new field work, laboratory, and collections based research.


Ornithology

Ornithology

The Ornithology unit maintains an active field research program involving banding, radio telemetry, field surveys, and specimen collection and preparation.


Paleontology

Paleontology

The Paleontology unit staff's research spans the evolution of vertebrate and invertebrate life across the last 550 million years and requires a multitude of biological and geological techniques including scanning electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, phylogenetics, advanced three-dimensional visualization, comparative gross anatomy and histology.