Biology research labs, advanced teaching labs, faculty offices, and some classrooms are housed in the 47,000 square-foot Richard C. Seaver Biology Building, which opened in January 2005. The Seaver Building provides state-of-the art research facilities in an energy-conserving, environmentally-conscious design.
Seaver South Laboratories reopened in Januray 2009 after extensive renovation. The building contains state-of-the-art laboratories for introductory and upper-level courses in Biology and Neuroscience, as well as a computing lab, classrooms, and faculty and staff offices. Seaver South also houses the Biology Department’s aquarium rooms and storage facilities.
The Herman Garner Biological Preserve is located in Evey Canyon in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains. The lower portion of Evey Canyon consists of an oak/alder riparian woodland plant community, which is becoming rare in southern California. The canyon sides are chaparral characterized by mountain lilac, laurel sumac, elderberry, chamise, buckwheat, and several sages. The upper portion of the canyon is more open and drier, and mid-elevation mixed forest species appear, including Canyon Live Oak, Bigcone Douglas-Fir, Big-Leaf Maple, California Bay, and Two-Petaled Ash. The preserve was extensively burned in the 2003 Williams fire and now demonstrates various stages of forest regeneration and rich populations of fire-specializing herbs. Evey Canyon’s varied topography and vegetation combined with a permanent stream result in rich bird and insect diversity. Eighty-four bird species have been documented since 1980, and breeding has been confirmed for thirty-eight bird species.
Members of the public may apply for a permit to use the Garner Reserve for hiking, recreation, and nature study. Please contact Gail Sundberg at 909.607.2950 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Pitt Ranch, 320 acres of rolling blue oak and California white oak woodlands, chaparral, and rocky ravine in southeastern Monterey County, was donated to the College by Miss Mildred Pitt, Pomona class of '25, to be utilized as a preserve for the study and enjoyment of the natural history of the region. The flora of the area is varied and beautiful, and nearly 100 kinds of vertebrate animals have been observed on the ranch. A rustic two-bedroom house is on the site for overnight stays.
The Pitt Ranch may be reserved by Pomona college classes, student and faculty organizations, and individuals or small groups from Pomona College or the Claremont Colleges Community. For more information contact Prof. Gene Fowler at 909.621.8970 or email@example.com.
The Claremont College’s 85-acre Bernard Field Station contains grassland and riparian habitats, a former citrus orchard now undergoing succession back to native vegetation, an artificial lake, vernal pools, and one of the largest remaining parcels of Coastal Sage Scrub in Los Angeles County. Located adjacent to the Claremont Colleges' campuses, the BFS serves as an outdoor laboratory for Pomona courses and research projects.
Located adjacent to the Bernard Biological Field Station, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has excellent facilities for research and education in systematic and evolutionary botany, and DNA sequencing for Pomona biology classes and research projects is carried out on the Garden's ABI PRISM 377 Automated Fluorescent DNA Sequencer. The Garden also houses the combined Herbarium of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Pomona College. The RSABG offers a graduate program in Botany in cooperation with The Claremont Graduate University, and Pomona students may take courses and carry out research projects at the Garden.