Our mission is to provide outstanding education and research training at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels while advancing our research programs. We offer excellent research facilities housed in attractive laboratories. In addition, there are federal, state, and private refuges, parks, experimental stations, and preserves available for field research within the city or driving distance of the campus. Habitats include southeastern coastal plain forests; coastal prairies; fresh, brackish, and saline marshes; estuaries; and near-shore marine environments. Moreover, Houston is host to numerous centers providing state-of-the-art environments to conduct genome analyses and bioinformatics. Our department has close ties with excellent programs in those areas on and off campus, including the bioinformatics program of the Rice Computer Sciences, Department of Statistics, the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular Biology, and the newly established graduate program in Systems and Synthetic Biology.
Faculty members also carry on research in other areas of the United States including Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Virginia, and Guam as well as abroad in Madagascar, Germany, and China. We have a national and international body of faculty and students, including individuals from throughout the U.S., China, Egypt, Germany, Israel, India, Madagascar, and Mexico, to mention a few.