Facilities and Resources
The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in
Special indoor locations include:
The Butler University Greenhouse is located behind and attached
to Gallahue Hall. It includes over 200 species in a wide array from
tropical to desert plants. Many of the plants are used for study
and research in the botany and biology laboratories.
For further information, contact Dr. Philip Villani (317)
940-8334, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Collin
Bowman by e-mail at email@example.com
GH 36 - Growth Chamber Facilities
Includes computer facilities and tutoring opportunities.
For information, contact Dr. Charissa Dresden Osborne, ((317)
GH 52 - Electron microscope facility
For further information, contact Bob Walson, Adjunct Professor,
Chemistry ((317) 940-9303, firstname.lastname@example.org)
GH 70 - Biology Friesner Herbarium
For information, contact Rebecca Dolan ((317) 940-9413, email@example.com) or see the Herbarium Web
Herbarium is a systematic collection of nearly 100,000 dried,
pressed, and preserved plant specimens.
The Herbarium is the third largest in the state. The specimens
comprise a reference library on historical distribution, habitats,
and timing of flowering and fruit production. The collection's
voucher specimens serve to verify plant identification. The
Friesner Herbarium contains plants from around the world but the
collection emphasizes plants of the Ohio River Valley region.
Students, faculty, and staff from Butler's Department of Biological
Sciences frequently use the Herbarium as a reference. In addition,
the Herbarium holdings are available to enrich teaching and
laboratory exercises for students in Biology courses. Within the
Herbarium's web site is also information on the Butler
Tree Walk, Tree Identification, Spring Wildflowers, Butler
Prairie and many links to other Indiana botany and science
GH 170 - Computer Classroom and Lab
Butler University, although less than five miles from downtown
Indianapolis, includes diverse habitats as well as its landscaped
central campus. From the back of Gallahue Hall, a stairway and
bridge take you directly to the towpath of the Indianapolis Water
- Take the towpath to the left and look to the right for access
to the White River trail.
- Cross the towpath and go straight ahead to find the Butler
Prairie. The Butler University Prairie was established in 1987
by the Holcomb Research Institute. Located between the Indianapolis
Water Company Canal and the White River, the prairie serves as an
outdoor laboratory for Butler ecology courses, as a public
educational resource, and as a natural area for birds and wildlife.
A flier describing the prairie,including flowering dates of its
species, is available. Flowering dates and pictures are also
available on the Prairie web site. For more information or to
arrange a tour, contact Dr. Rebecca Dolan, director of the Friesner
Herbarium, at (317) 940-9413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Or, follow the towpath to the right towards a bridge leading to
the Holcomb Gardens. From the Gardens, several paths lead uphill
into the Butler Woods, an area rich in spring wildflowers.