The Department of Zoology takes an integrative approach to research in organismal biology, focusing on increasing our knowledge of organisms and their environments through studies ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level. We have three inclusive areas of study, evolution, ecology, and environmental stress, which we define quite broadly. Among others, these areas include studies in conservation ecology, genomics, neuroscience, behavioral ecology, environmental toxicology, science education, systematics, ecosystem studies, and physiology. As a result of these diverse interests our faculty are funded through a variety of avenues including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many state agencies such as the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. A necessity of our integrative approach involves collaborations with many other entities on campus such as Veterinary Medicine, Education, Natural Resources Management, and Engineering. The department also houses the Collection of Vertebrates and the Ecotoxicology and Water Quality Research Laboratory. Moreover, we have a close working relationship with other government and nongovernmental agencies/organizations housed in our building namely the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) group with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture.