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Kaskaskia Biological Station



The Kaskaskia Biological Station is located on Lake Shelbyville near Sullivan, IL.  Research is conducted on Lake Shelbyville and throughout the state.  Facilities include office space, microscope lab, on site housing, bunk space for up to 8 people, wet lab, workshop, boat shed, storage facilities, and boat ramp access to Lake Shelbyville.


Wet Lab

The Kaskaskia Biological Station is home to a 3,000 sq ft wetlab. The wetlab includes two environmental control chambers, recirculating systems, and space for raceway and tank experiments. Outside the wetlab is a number of larger tanks which can be set up in large numbers for replication of mesocosom experiments.

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Aquariums and recirculating systems at the Kaskaskia Biological Station wetlab


  Large tanks are set up behind the wetlab to run mesocosom experiments

 Field Work

The Kaskaskia Biological Station employs approximately 5 technicians and numerous temporary interns. Field equipment available to staff and students at the station includes several electrofishing boats, electric seines, a backpack electrofisher, and a variety of gears used to sample larval fish, zooplankton, and macroinvertebrates.

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Sampling Illinois lakes and rivers.


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Larval fish, zooplankton, and macroinvertebrates are processed in the laboratory.


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