Facilities

Coastal Ecosystems Group Facilities

Coastal Ecosystems Group Facilities

New Facilities Since 2005

We have created an integrated and scalable series of experimental tanks ranging from small volume aquaria (microcosms) with tight environmental controls, to large volume tanks and raceways (mesocosms) that allow for multiple trophic levels. These facilities complement existing field experiments and laboratory investigations into ecosystem function, and enable us to simulate environmental changes under controlled experimental conditions.

Regional Native Plant Nursery for Habitat Restoration

Details and additional photographs may be found here.

Regional Native Plant Nursery for Habitat Restoration Regional Native Plant Nursery for Habitat Restoration

Seagrass Nursery

Funded by CIAP grant

Seagrass Nursery at GCRL's Cedar Point Facility Seagrass Nursery at GCRL's Cedar Point Facility

MERL - Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory

MERL - Marine Ecosystems Research LaboratoryExpansion has included a brand new facility at Cedar Point, alongside currently planned aquaculture wetlabs. Ground-breaking for this building occurred in January 2008, and it has been fully operational since mid-2009. More than $1 million of equipment has been purchased to round out this facility for state-of-the art science and analytical labs. This new equipment includes a stable-isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Delta V).

 

 

 

 

Laboratory at MERL - Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory Specimen tanks at MERL - Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory Seagrass culture at MERL - Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory MERL - Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory

Other Facilities and Resources at GCRL

The GCRL has a fleet of small boats, as well as two large research vessels, the R/V Tom McIlwain and R/V Tommy Munro, to assist in the field collections at Barrier Island and offshore sites.

Botany has a state-of-the-art Walz mini-PAM fluorometer for photosynthesis experiments and Ocean Optics 2000 spectrometer for leaf reflectance measurements. The lab also maintains chemical supplies and instruments to do a wide variety of plant physiology and growth experiments.

The Fisheries Ecology Laboratory includes the following equipment:

3 dissecting microscopes, 2 analytical balances, 2 drying ovens, a large muffle furnace, YSI 6600 multiprobe, a hydrolab multiprobe, multiple YSI model 85 hand meters, a LaMotte turbidity meter, 6 PC computers (one with camera and image analysis capability), 5 laptops,  -20° chest freezer, a 20-foot Carolina skiff, a 13-foot Boston Whaler, an F250 truck, aluminum throw traps, a complete drop sampler rig, numerous Breder traps, multiple seine nets, a 16 ft trawl, Wescor vapor pressure osmometer, chloride ion titrator, hematocrit microcentrifuge, glass aquaria of multiple sizes, numerous fiberglass holding tanks (rectangular & round), titanium heaters and controllers, water chillers, pumps, filters, and other wetlab materials and supplies plus a dedicated 16 x 25 ft wetlab facility with compressed air and cooling/heating capability.

To arrange access to facilities, please contact the GCRL director.