Policies and Instrumentation

Arnold Arboretum Research Facilities


Advancing knowledge of the plant kingdom through research plays a pivotal role in the mission of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The Arboretum offers scientists an array of rich collections, information resources, and state-of-the-art facilities to explore broad and important questions in plant biology.

Research Facilities

Email inquiries or request permission to access the laboratory and growth facilities to Faye Rosin, the Director of Research Facilitation.

Microscopy Lab

Molecular Lab

Arnolds Promise

Field Lab

Growth Facilities

Plant Material

The living collection of the Arnold Arboretum comprises a valuable genetic resource representing a large subset of the combined ligneous floras of the North Temperate Zone. The Arboretum strongly encourages and supports the use and distribution of its living collections for research. However, permits are required for all research and collecting activity, and are issued following review by the Curation Department.

Use of the growth facilities (greenhouses, growth chambers, and common gardens) requires an approved Space Request and is governed by the Weld Hill Plant Growth Facility Policies. No plants should be brought into the growth facilities without approval of the Growth Facilities Manager.

Research Policies

All academic and research activities at the Arnold Arboretum are governed by the FAS publication Principles and Policies that Govern Your Research, Instruction, and Other Professional Activities, generally referred to as The Grey Book. Academic and research compliance issues are investigated by the Harvard Office of the Vice Provost of Research. Complaints, issues, concerns should be directed to Kathleen Buckley and/or Richard McCullough.

Laboratory Safety

The Arnold Arboretum follows laboratory safety guidelines as determined by Harvard University’s Environmental Health and Safety office. All users of the Arboretum’s research facilities are expected to be familiar with these safety guidelines and share responsibility with the University for establishing and maintaining a safe environment. Individuals must complete and be current on their annual renewal for EH&S Laboratory Safety training and any additional trainings pertinent to their research before working in the Weld Hill Research Building. The Emergency Response Guide, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and the Chemical Hygiene Plan are available online and in binders in each laboratory. Follow proper guidelines for biosafety and chemical safety including the disposal of hazardous materials and use the hazardous waste labeling tool. If you are unsure of these guidelines, please ask a staff member for help. Food and drink is not allowed in the laboratories or greenhouses. Closed-toe shoes must be worn.