State-of-the-art spaces: Colorado State mammalogy lab

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CSU’s Vertebrate and Mammalogy lab, located in the the Biology building, becomes a learning experience the moment you enter. There are all kinds of animals displayed in the lab, from water buffalo to tiny African rodents to the crocodile skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Within the room, tall, lab-style desks are situated so students can easily interact and share specimens as they learn the internal organs and biology of animals. Behind the lab, you’ll find a massive room where limited students and researchers work with even more animal specimens that have arrived at CSU from all over the world. The Mammalogy lab boasts itself on being “low tech” — students learn on real specimens and explore the systems of animals as they would in the field.

  • Who studies here: Students from many majors can be found studying and volunteering in the lab, including those taking lower-level science courses as electives. You’ll likely find students from Biology, Zoology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Animal Science, Biomedical Engineering, and beyond.
  • Built: August 2017
  • Location: Southwest corner of campus. See map for exact position on campus.

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Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.