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Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225

A group of students wearing overalls and boots, observing an instructor at the Biological Preserve.

Biological Preserve

Oakland University has two biological preserves, the Western Preserve and the Eastern Preserve. These two preserves, which cover approximately 110 acres, contain forests, meadows, streams and wetlands. The preserves are of great importance to Oakland University because of their academic, environmental, recreational and aesthetic value. Although the primary use of the University Preserves is for teaching and research, they are open to the Oakland University community and public for hiking, bird watching and nature study.

Since 1980, more than 40 publications in international, scientific journals have resulted from research conducted in the University Preserves. Almost all of these publications have been coauthored with Oakland University students, many of whom have been undergraduates. These publications have ranged from studies of oak forest succession and investigations of fresh water invertebrates to research on the behavior of social insects.

Eastern Biological Preserve locationWestern Biological Preserve location