Laboratories and Facilities
The Environment and Natural Resources Institute supports two laboratories.
The Applied Science and Engineering Technology Laboratory (ASET) lab is an advanced analytical laboratory equipped with GC-FID, GC-MS, ICP-MS and LC MS/MS instruments. The instruments are used for quantitative analysis from low level persistent organic pollutions (POPs), drugs, natural organic compounds, trace metals, and anions in diverse matrices ranging from water, soils, and plants to animal tissues. It is a leading laboratory in the state for fatty acid analysis in marine mammals, birds, and human plasma. The laboratory is utilized for research in biology, geology, engineering and ecology; is the teaching laboratory for an instrumental chemistry class; and is used for several outreach activities.
The Stable Isotope Lab (ENRI-SIL) is a state-of-the-art analytical facility that quantifies stable isotope ratios (e.g. δD, δ13C, δ15N, and δ18O) to help researchers understand biological, hydrologic, geological, and atmospheric processes on short and long time scales. Analyses of liquids, gases, and organismal tissues are routinely carried out at the laboratory.