Lab Facilities

Student Resources

Natural Resources Science and Management research is enhanced by the availability of laboratories, greenhouses, and growth chambers located in Green Hall, the Kaufert Laboratory, Hodson Hall, and the Engineering and Fisheries Laboratory on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, as well as by field facilities in northern Minnesota located at the Cloquet Forestry Center, the North Central Research and Outreach Center (Grand Rapids), and the Wilderness Research Center (Ely).

Green Hall

Green Hall houses the Department of Forest Resources. This building contains classrooms, a greenhouse, and laboratories for teaching and researching tree physiology, forest ecology, silviculture, forest genetics and molecular biology, hydrology and water quality, resource management, economics, policy, remote sensing, geographic information systems, recreation resource management, and urban forestry.

Hodson Hall

Hodson Hall houses portions of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. This building contains numerous laboratories and the MN Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit. In addition, the Natural Resources Library is housed here.  

Kaufert Laboratory

Kaufert Laboratory houses part of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. This building contains classrooms and laboratories for teaching and researching wood science and surface chemistry, biological deterioration, wood microstructure, paper and fiber products technology, wood mechanics and structural design, particleboard technology, and lumber processing.

Skok Hall

Skok Hall also houses portions of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.  Departmental administration is housed here, along with many of the department's faculty members and graduate students. 

Cloquet Forestry Center

The Cloquet Forestry Center is a 3,751-acre forest located 135 miles north of St. Paul that is used as a research, instruction, and demonstration site. The center hosts field courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students use Cloquet Forestry Center facilities when their studies require the type of forested environment found in the area. Currently, the center is the base for several research projects in natural resources inventory, forest soils, forest ecology, wildlife ecology, silviculture, timber harvesting and engineering, hydrology, and forest genetics. Classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories, offices, a dining center, student housing, and related facilities are available.

North Central Research and Outreach Center

Faculty also conduct research at the University's North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids.


The University library system, one of the largest in the United States, contains approximately five million catalogued volumes as well as substantial holdings of government publications, manuscripts, archives, phonograph records, audio and video tapes, and other materials. The Twin Cities campus library system includes over 30 special subject libraries.

The St. Paul campus is served by the St. Paul Campus Magrath (Central) Library, which houses most of the University's agricultural and biological sciences collections.

The Natural Resources Library in Hodson Hall specializes in forestry, forest products, outdoor recreation, range management, remote sensing, zoology, aquaculture, conservation biology, bees and beekeeping, endangered animals, entomology, fisheries management, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, non-human primatology, ornithology, animal taxonomy, and wildlife management.

Computer Labs & GIS

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences maintains a large computing laboratory in Skok Hall with over 30 microcomputers. Each department in the college and the Cloquet Forestry Center also has a computing laboratory with additional microcomputers. Numerous high performance workstations are associated with research projects in the college including those in the Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory of the Department of Forest Resources. A high-speed network connects nearly all of these computers, as well as faculty and staff computers, to the University's backbone network and the Internet.

Northern Research Station

The Northern Research Station (NRS), the regional research facility of the USDA Forest Service, is headquartered on the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul. The close affiliation with and proximity to the NRS is an invaluable asset in the College of Natural Resources' instructional and research programs. Students also benefit from the work opportunities and seminars provided by the NRS. Staff of the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry branch are also based on campus and participate in the graduate program. The college is also home to the Great Lakes - Northern Forest Cooperative Studies Unit.

Close working relationships with federal, state, county, other agencies, and industry also facilitate a wide range of research sites and activities statewide. These relationships often provide students with valuable networking and future employment opportunities. For additional links, see departmental web sites.

Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program was established to facilitate cooperation among the U.S. Department of the Interior (formerly through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. National Biological Service--now through the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division), universities, state fish and wildlife agencies, and private organizations, by conducting programs of research and education related to fish and wildlife resource management. The Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit emphasizes research on impacts of human activities on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that are of state, regional, and national significance. The research program addresses not only the biological, but also social and economic aspects of both game and nongame fisheries and wildlife management in the context of maintenance of biological diversity, and integrity and sustainability of ecosystems.