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Center of Excellence for Field Biology

The Center of Excellence for Field Biology at Austin Peay State University is dedicated to the study and preservation of biodiversity in the southeastern United States.  Center researchers use field-based methods, along with laboratory approaches and bioinformatics, to address questions in ecology, evolution, systematics, and conservation.  The Center provides environmental education to the public and research experience in field biology to undergraduate and graduate students.

Field or fish?

The Center of Field Biology is more than just an oppurtunity to catch fish in a net. It's a chance to discover what fascinating critters crawl in creeks in our own backyard by identifying, studying and preserving local biodiversity. Click on through to see how we get our hands dirty in the field!


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Anonymous gift launches partnerships between APSU SGI and other notable organizations

In March 2019, the anonymous donors, a couple from the Atlanta area, committed to make a $50,000 gift to the program over five years.

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APSU and Fort Campbell partner for wetlands research on post

The two organizations initiated an Intergovernmental Support Agreement, allowing APSU faculty and students to identify wetland ecosystems within the 105,000-acre Army post.

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TVA and Austin Peay's SGI partner to save southern grasslands

Prior to the 1930s, the Southeast was a mosaic of forests, woodlands, wetlands and grasslands -- some covering millions of acres.

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