Facilities & Strengths

Student access to all departmental facilities and equipment is the rule at Allegheny, producing research opportunities usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions.

Steffee Hall of Life Sciences: state-of-the-art facility features combined classroom/laboratory spaces, greenhouses, darkroom, aquatics laboratory, digital imaging work station, and student and faculty research areas adjacent to faculty offices.

All equipment is available for student use including: ultracentrifuge, luminescence, fluorescence and UV-Vis spectrophotometers, tissue culture facilities and equipment, optical microscopes (fluorescent, Nomarski, phase contrast, etc.), liquid scintillation counter, Real-Time PCR systems, ultra-low temperature freezers, scanning electron microscope, imaging flow cytometer, confocal microscope, cryostat, luminometer, gas and liquid chromatography, atomic absorption spectrophotometer.

Extensive computer and projection facilities in classrooms and laboratories are an integral part of introductory and advanced courses.

Bousson Environmental Research Reserve: College-owned area with streams, ponds, wetlands, and almost 300 acres of woodlands. Find more detailed information on the land-use and glacial history, vegetation, hydrology, soil characterization and chemistry, recent environmental research, and many maps at A Characterization of Bousson Forest.

Publications from projects and work at Bousson:

*AC Student co-author

Bush, B.M. and S.A.Wissinger. 2016. Beaver dam wetland invertebrate communities in Europe and North America, IN: Batzer, D.P, and D. Boix (ed.) Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands: An international Perspective on Their Ecology. University of California Press

*Inkley, M.D., S.A. Wissinger, and B.L. Baros. 2008. Effects of drying regime on microbial colonization and shredder preference in seasonal woodland wetlands. Freshwater Biology 53: 435-445.

Wissinger, S.A., *S.G. Ingmire, and *J.L. Bogo. 2001. Plant and invertebrate communities as indicators of success for wetlands restored for wildlife in northwestern Pennsylvania, p. 207-236 IN: Rader, R.R., D.P. Batzer, and S.A. Wissinger (eds). Bioassessment and Management of North American Freshwater Wetlands. John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA.

Wissinger, S.A. and *L.J. Gallagher. 1999. Beaver pond wetlands in northwestern Pennsylvania: Modes of colonization and succession after drought. Chapter 15, IN:Batzer, D.P., R.R. Rader, and S.A. Wissinger. (eds). 1999. Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America: Ecology and Management. John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA.

Ostrofsky, M.L., D.E. Weigel, C.K. Hasselback and P.A. Karle. 1998. The significance of extracellular production and winter photosynthesis to estimates of primary production in a woodland stream community. Hydrobiologia  382:87-96.

Ostrofsky, M.L. 1997. The relationship between chemical characteristics of autumn-shed leaves and aquatic processing rates. Journal of the North American Benthological Society  16:750-759.

Ostrofsky, M.L. 1993. Effect of tannins on leaf processing and conditioning rates in aquatic ecosystems: an empirical approach. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences  50:1176-1180.

Wissinger, S.A. and *J. McGrady. 1993. Intraguild predation and competition between larval dragonflies: direct and indirect effects on shared prey. Ecology 74:207-218.

*Ode, P. and S.A. Wissinger. 1993. Interaction between chemical and tactile cues in mayfly detection of stoneflies. Freshwater Biology. 30:351-357.

Whiteman, H.H. and S.A. Wissinger. 1991. Differences in the antipredator behavior of three plethodontid salamanders to snake attack. Journal of Herpetology 25:352-355.