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Department of Biology

Recreational & Research Complex

Research Areas

View an aerial photo of the Recreational and Research Complex (PDF - 397 KB).

Visit the Virtual Tour entry for the Recreational and Research Complex.

Wetlands Research Area

This 1.1 acre wetlands area, board walk, and island bird preserve is a joint project between Winthrop University and Rock Hill School District 3. The main objectives of the wetland area are:

  1. to serve as a natural vegetative buffer to reduce erosion and sedimentation and to trap organic and inorganic pollutants from running into the lake 
  2. to establish the soil hydrology that will support a variety of water-tolerant plant species typical of a Piedmont wetlands 
  3. to provide additional habitat to improve the richness of animal species diversity.

The board walk provides an easy way for students to observe the wetlands without causing damage.

Wetlands boardwalk, medium 

View this aerial photograph of the Wetlands in 2003 (PDF - 290 KB).

Succession Plots

A section of the Winthrop Farm is dedicated as a demonstration of secondary succession, which begins after a disturbance such as fire, logging, or cultivation. Beginning in 1989 50 x 50 meter plots near the Winthrop woods were set aside and undisturbed to allow for succession. New plots were added after 5-year intervals in 1994 and 1999. Students in various classes and independent research students use the plots to study the changes in flora and fauna due to the progress of succession over time.

Check out this aerial photo of the Succession Plots since 1989 (PDF - 7620 KB).