University of Pittsburgh building $1.2 million lab for ecology research near western Pa. lake

Monday, August 19, 2013

When Duke University biologist Steve Nowicki became vice provost and dean of undergraduate education at the North Carolina school, he had one condition:

"I told them, 'You know I have to go to Pymatuning every May and June,' " he said, referring to the University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.

Nowicki is among a cadre of researchers and students from around the globe who flock to Pymatuning every summer to take advantage of Pitt's facilities in the forest and wetlands surrounding Pymatuning Lake 100 miles north of Pittsburgh.

This week, as scientists and students headed back to school, Pitt broke ground on a $1.2 million, state-of-the-art laboratory that will include facilities for researchers to delve into molecular biology and DNA work.

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