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In her sophomore year, Julia Pinette investigated whether the common pollutants, pyrene and phenanthrene, are toxic during development in Xenopus laevis.
In her sophomore year, Julia Pinette investigated whether the common pollutants, pyrene and phenanthrene, are toxic during development in Xenopus laevis.

Keene State is large enough to offer a wide range of faculty expertise and experience, yet small enough to offer intimate class sizes. Your teachers, and your fellow students, will know you, and you'll form important relationships that will be invaluable as you pursue your career. You'll also get plenty of individual attention that will help you develop your special interests and abilities.

Our faculty areas of expertise include

  • marine evolutionary ecology
  • behavioral ecology
  • marine biology (with an opportunity to monitor coral reefs off the Turks & Caicos islands)
  • microbiology of contaminated sites
  • cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration of damaged body parts
  • veterinary medicine
  • reproductive physiology
  • plant systematist (studies the evolutionary history of plants)
  • animal physiology
  • human physiology

The Putnam Science Center, at the heart of campus, boasts the latest in equipment and technology, including 16 teaching labs, 11 research project labs, and six special-purpose/instrument labs. It has enough high-tech gear to make an Ivy League school weep real tears (or send their students here, which happens). You'll have access to

  • two DNA sequencers (equipment many large research universities don't own)
  • a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer (it can tell whether your maple syrup is from Vermont or New Hampshire, or test your fingernail clippings to see how high on the food chain you've been eating)
  • a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, with its super-cooled magnet (liquid helium kept cold by liquid nitrogen)
  • an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer

Turks & Caicos Trip

If you're interested in traveling to the Carribean, scuba diving, and learning about fascinating Coral Reef environments, INBIO 104 Tropical Marine Biology is your ticket to paradise! And it fulfills your Integrated Studies natural science requirement! You don't even have to be a bio major to take this four-credit spring course—in fact, the only requirement is that you have SCUBA certification. More about Turks & Caicos Trip


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