Centers & Institutes

Learn more about the interdisciplinary centers, labs and institutes associated with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

Innovative, high-efficiency greenhouses serve teaching, research and extension functions in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and the School of Plant Sciences.

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory

Dedicated to the diagnosis of diseases of cultured penaeid shrimp, from samples received from farms and research facilities all over the world.

Equine Center

Houses a thoroughbred breeding herd for race horses, and a quarter horse teaching herd for students.

Food Product and Safety Laboratory

State-of-the-art, USDA-inspected facility that teaches and conducts the harvesting, processing, testing and evaluation of safe meat products for consumers and industry.

William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center

A state-of-the art environmental control laboratory facility with the capacity to study the effects of heat stress and other factors in sheep and cattle to decrease animal stress and increase production.

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Campus Arboretum

Preserves and curates the extensive collection of arid tree and shrub species on the UA campus as a resource for research and educational programs that promote the historic, scientific, environmental, economic, aesthetic, and educational value of trees in urban deserts.

Karsten Turfgrass Research Facility

Features 7.5 acres of turfgrass research plots, U.S. Golf Association specification putting greens, two weighing lysimeters and a weather station based computer-controlled irrigation system.

Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center

A collaboration of UA Cooperative Extension and the James E. Rogers College of Law, the center will address the underrepresented law and policy needs of the natural resource community of Arizona and the West. The center promotes an innovative approach in creating the next generation of natural resource professionals, lawyers, agency heads, politicians, judges, etc. by creating an environment where students learn in real time by actively working on the needs of resource users.

Water Resources Research Center

Promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy through research, community outreach and engagement, and public education.


Arizona Pest Management Center

Develops and delivers Integrated Pest Management programs to Arizona citizens and includes programs serving in agriculture, urban communities and natural areas.

Center for Insect Science

Aims to foster collaborative research and education in topics relevant to integrative biology, biomedicine, and biotechnology that employ insect and other arthropod model systems.

University of Arizona Insect Collection

The insect collection maintains approximately 2 million insect specimens and is the most comprehensive in the world for the Sonoran Desert Region.

Natural Resources and the Environment

Advanced Resource Technology Lab

Responsible for GIS institutional development, GIS environmental database design and development, application of cartographic and spatial analysis for agriculture, natural resources, and rural development.

Arizona Remote Sensing Center

Works with advanced airborne and satellite remote sensing data and other geospatial information technologies to help address both fundamental and applied issues in natural resource management.

Desert Research Unit

Conducts field studies to trace organic contaminants, measure wastewater and water treatment, determine the efficacy of irrigation technologies, and promote the revegetation of disturbed areas.

Natural Products Center

Engages in research on drug discovery from Sonoran desert plants and their microorganisms, genetic investigation of natural product biosynthesis, development of alternative agricultural systems and more.

USA National Phenology Network

Fosters phenology communities of practice, and the development of tools and techniques to support a wide range of decisions made related to allergies, wildfires, water, and conservation.

USDI Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

A network of agencies studying and managing natural and cultural resources across the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.

USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Enhances graduated education in fisheries and wildlife sciences through research between natural resource agencies and the university.

USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station

A collaboration aim at gathering, managing, and providing natural resource data to land managers throughout the desert region.

Norton School for Family and Consumer Sciences

Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing

Connects corporations with promising students, enriches education with real-world experiences and conducts outreach that benefits consumers worldwide by aligning industry with academics.

Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families

Addresses questions important to the development and well-being of contemporary children, youth, and families, with the goal of improving basic understanding to enhance the lives of the people of Arizona and the world.

Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research

Creates research-based educational outreach programs to improve financial literacy and help consumers to make informed financial choices in today’s complex markets.

Nutritional Sciences

Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition

Aims to understand the long-term effects of physical activity and nutrition, and translating cutting-edge research into effective community health and wellness programs for children, adolescents and men and women of all ages.

Plant Sciences

Arizona Genomics Institute

Uses gene sequencing to better understand areas of structural, evolutionary and functional genomics of crop plants.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

An arid-lands arboretum in Superior, Arizona that offers a variety of tours to foster the appreciation of plants.

Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

Innovative, high-efficiency greenhouses serve teaching, research and extension functions in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and the School of Plant Sciences.

Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium

Stores and curates over 40,000 accessioned specimens of fungi and fungus-like organisms, with special collections of rusts, polypores, and corticioid fungi from around the world.

University of Arizona Herbarium

A research collection of over 420,000 dried plant specimens, with emphasis on the plants of the Sonoran Desert region and adjacent areas of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants

Assists faculty, student and staff researchers to detect, quantify and speciate organic and inorganic micro-pollutants – including dissolved and nano-particulate components - in complex environmental matrices by using mass spectrometry and other analytical techniques.

Center for Environmental Physics and Mineralogy

Combines state of the art technology with expertise in the fields of environmental physics, mineralogy and soil science to provide high quality characterization of earth surface and other porous materials.

Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center

Focusing on water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies, the WEST Center is co-located with Pima County's water reclamation facility, Agua Nueva. WEST conducts the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future.

Other Research Centers and Institutes

Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

Provides rapid, direct value-adding responses to any water, crop production, food safety, or other environmental issues important for desert crop production systems.