Research Greenhouse Complex and Vivarium

Overview of Services

Research Greenhouse Complex

The Research Greenhouses support university-wide research. Over the past 30 years, we have supported projects that have encompassed many disciplines and departments, including: Biology, Chemistry, Ecological Monitoring and Assessment, Ecological Restoration Institute, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Forestry.

During the past decade, our mission has expanded to include:

- growing plants for habitat restoration
- developing a campus arboretum
- developing partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies that are involved with plant production for restoration
partnering with local communities to build public gardens and educational spaces
-NAU campus native plant landscaping in conjunction with NAU Facility Services


The NAU vivarium provides animal housing, husbandry and support services to the research community at NAU. The main vivarium known as the Biological Sciences Annex (BSA) contains 11 animal holding rooms, dedicated animal treatment and surgical suites, a necropsy area, a steam autoclave and a large flex room that can be adapted for your needs including tissue collection, histology, behavioral testing and x-ray evaluation. The surgical suite offers gas anesthesia, dry bead sterilizer and technique and training services. 


Adair Patterson | RGC Manager

Nicholas Quayle | RGC Assistant Manager

Kathleen Freel | Vivarium Manager

Location and hours of operation

RGC Hours RGC Location

Monday - Friday

7am - 3pm

421 E. Pine Knoll Dr. Bldg 79

Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Vivarium Hours Vivarium Location

Monday - Friday

7am - 7pm

Flagstaff, AZ 86011


Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
General Email

Adair Patterson
RGC Manager
Building 79
Kathleen Freel
Vivarium Manager
Biological Sciences Annex Bldg. 21 B
Kimberley Cohen, DVM
Biological Sciences Annex Bldg. 21 B