Nature Lab

Note: Holiday, summer and Wintersession hours vary; call to verify current hours.

Founded in 1937 by RISD graduate and long-time faculty member Edna Lawrence, the Nature Lab provides students and faculty with an engaging space for exploring the forms, patterns and processes in nature as well as an understanding of our place within the living world. The Lab is a forum, sustained by resources and expertise that inspires countless art and design projects throughout RISD. With more than 80,000 preserved natural science specimens, microscopy and micro-imaging systems unparalleled in an art and design school, as well as aquatic systems and lab equipment for maintaining and studying a variety of living and non-living specimens, the Nature Lab is a unique environment for investigating the myriad connections between art, design and science.


Jennifer Bissonnette
Biological Programs Designer
401 709-8548

Benedict Gagliardi III
Lab Coordinator, Imaging & Aquatics
401 277-4852

Lucia Monge
Operations and Engagement Coordinator
401 709-8447

Dora Mugerwa
Operations and Engagement Coordinator
401 709-8447

Neal Overstrom
Director, Nature Lab
401 454-6166

Georgia Rhodes
Visualization & Imaging Lab Assistant
401 277-4854

Betsy Ruppa
Lab Coordinator
401 277-4951