The instructional facility, located on the roof of Thimann Labs, houses a botanical collection of over 700 species of plants with emphasis on ethno botany, systematic botany, evolution and ecology. Discussion and lab classes meet there to get hands on learning in these areas and many more. Five greenhouses, outdoor areas and a lab classroom are available to the campus community. As the facility is funded by the two largest divisions on campus, the greenhouses hosts many students in various fields outside of the plant sciences. We are open throughout the year, weekdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm, for students, faculty and staff to enjoy and learn.
The research facilities are located on the roofs of Sinsheimer Labs and the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building. They are only open to the faculty, students and staff that run experiments at these locations. Students interested in a particular topic can, with the help of the Biology Advising Office and or the Environmental Studies Internship Office, be directed to appropriate faculty members who will be able to guide them in their research pursuit. UCSC is an outstanding university in that it promotes undergraduate participation in many research areas. This enables a student interested in a particular area to contribute to research in that area. It gives an undergraduate student lab experience and exposes them to groups that are dealing with many cutting edge topics related to the student’s interests. There are a wide variety of projects relating to plant sciences currently being researched at our facility.