Labs and Centers

Our labs and centers will connect you with:

  • research facilities
  • community programs
  • outreach opportunities


Support the Arboretum’s mission to historic and interesting plants on campus by exploring the campus a different way: take a Northern Arizona University Arboretum Tree Walk.

Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory

The Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory (CPSIL) serves students, postdoctoral researchers, and university faculty who require carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen stable-isotope analyses for their research.

Colorado Plateau Biodiversity Center

The Colorado Plateau Biodiversity Center promotes the preservation of Colorado Plateau biological diversity through research and education.

Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Diversity

The university’s Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity (CPMAB) makes their collection of over 250,000 arthropod specimens more relevant to ecologists.

Cottonwood Ecology Group

The Cottonwood Ecology Group is a research team that focuses on the interactive effect of genetics and hybrid fitness in cottonwoods, arthropod diversity and community structure, plant defensive chemistry, and evolution.

Deaver Herbarium

Housed in the Biological Sciences Department at the university, the primary resource at the Deaver Herbarium is the collection of dried plants from the southern Colorado Plateau and adjacent deserts. 

Imaging and Histology Core Facility

The Imaging and Histology Core Facility provides imaging services to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at the university, along with our industry partners.

Environmental Genetics and Genomics (EnGGen) Laboratory

The Environmental Genetics and Genomics Facility at the university is for those studying plant evolution, ecological community genetics, conservation genetics, microbial diversity, molecular epidemiology, and human biomedical genetics and genomics.

Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research

The Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research is a research and educational program that supports ecosystems on the Colorado Plateau.

Museum of Northern Arizona

The Museum of Northern Arizona inspires a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau.

Teaching Greenhouse

The Teaching Greenhouse provides living plant material for a number of lab courses in biological sciences.