Research and Teaching Collections

Butterfly specimens.

Collections Room

The Collections Room celebrates the Faculty of Science’s amazing natural history collections. Natural history collections provide a wealth of information about our past, how we live today, and help us predict the world of tomorrow. 


Three researchers in greenhouse surrounded by plants.

Plant Growth Facilities (PGF)

The Plant Growth Facilities (PGF) includes greenhouses, head house support areas, and environmental growth chambers. Although the PGF are available to the entire UCalgary community, they are used primarily by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Teaching and research greenhouses

The University of Calgary has approximately 4500 square footage of greenhouse space available for use by faculty in support of plant growth research and teaching. Contact staff for services. Service charges are assessed for all greenhouse users.

Plant growth chambers

Forty-six environmental growth chambers are owned and maintained by the Department of Biological Sciences. These are located on the third floor of the Science A building. Departmental chambers are, typically, assigned to departmental projects. If available, chambers may be assigned to researchers from other university departments. Fees are charged for use of growth chambers.


Fern sample.

Departmental Herbarium

Calgary's Herbarium has been providing indispensable botanical resources for teaching, research and industry for over 40 years. With an extensive collection of land plants from Alberta and around the world, the herbarium is dedicated to the collection, preservation and documentation of past and present plant biodiversity.

We hope to make an online collection of the resource in future, providing convenient access to collection information and pictures of the specimens housed in the Herbarium located in the Biological Sciences building at the university.


A man uses machinery in a workshop setting.

Science Workshop

The Science Workshop provides technical support to many researchers and teachers in the Faculty of Science, in addition to other university units. The workshop's skilled technicians have access to an excellent complement of machine tools providing complete CNC and manual machine shop services, computer-aided design and welding. Assistance can be provided at any stage of a project, from design through selection of materials and process of fabrication. The department also operates a technical stores area, giving the faculty easy access to a wide variety of hardware, fasteners, metals, plastics, etc. The Science Workshop is located in Science A, Room 007 and is available for use by all faculty members.