The Herbarium is named for botanist Fay A. MacFadden, who sold her extensive collection of plants to the university just prior to her death in 1964. Specimens are continually added to the collection, which number over 25,000 vascular plants, about 12,000 bryophytes, and nearly 800 lichen specimens. The plants are used as research and teaching tools by our faculty, staff, students, and other researchers. Efforts are underway to place our specimen inventory into a searchable database.
The Biology Greenhouse Complex (BGC) provides space and facilities to teach labs and conduct research. Hidden behind a perimeter of brick wall and unknown to many non-biology students, the complex includes four glass houses, a lath house, a head house, and a large outdoor area. It also houses a diverse collection of plants for use in the biology lectures and labs.
Provides vistors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage. Serve faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities.
The Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI)’s mission is to foster marine research and education, focusing on urban impacts of the greater Los Angeles region on the coastal ocean. We seek to improve scientific understanding and the development of solutions that will enable coastal waters and watersheds to thrive, adapt and become resilient to ongoing environmental stressors.