Research Facilities

Ocean Sciences faculty, researchers, postdocs and graduate students have access to an outstanding range of analytical instrumentation within the department and share with the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Institute for Marine Sciences. These facilities are also open to use by affiliated UCSC users and colleagues at regional institutions.

Light Stable Isotope Laboratory has five mass spectrometers, coupled with different front-ends that perform significant sample conversion and processing. This facility was established in 1994 and  greatly expanded in 2004. The lab is managed by Dyke Andreasen.

The Marine Analytical Laboratory is a central lab complex within the Earth & Marine Sciences Building, housing scientific instrumentation and equipment to support research in marine related research. Major equipment includes gas chromotographs, gas chromotographs-mass spectrometers, liquid chromotography systems; carbon and nitrogen analyzers; electrochemical analyzers; spectrophotometers, fluorometers, and nutrient analyzers; and radiation detection and counting equipment. Analytical instrumentation, instruction in use of equipment, consultation in experimental design, sampling, analysis, and data interpretation, and general assistance in all aspects of analytical science are provided by a lab manager Rob Franks.

The UCSC Plasma Analytical Facility, housed in the Marine Analytical Laboratory, has an Element and a Perkin-Elmer Optima ICP-OES. Rob Franks provides the major staff support for this facility, with additional support from Dan Sampson (EPS).

The Marine Environmental Genomics, Applications, Modeling, Experimentation, and Remote Sensing facility (MEGAMER) was founded in 2005 with major funding to IMS from the Moore Foundation. The facility includes an influx flow cytometer, provides cultivation facilities for marine microbial work, a bioinformatics computing cluster for environmental genomics, micro-array facilities, and related laboratory equipment. Brandon Carter oversees this facility.

The W.M. Keck Isotope Laboratory with a thermal ionization mass spectrometer and a Neptune multi-collector inductively-coupled-plasma mass-spectrometer along with supporting clean lab facilities, is housed in EPS space and receives state support for its staffing

Long Marine Laboratory is home to many Ocean Sciences gradaute students and their sponsors who affiliate with our graduate programs. Long Marine Laboratory is an ocean-side research facility overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The lab provides facilities for scientists who require running seawater, large marine mammal pools, and seawater labs to conduct their research. This site also houses the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, a public education facility that focuses on interpreting marine research underway within the Institute for Marine Sciences, including that of Ocean Sciences faculty. Some of our faculty members present ocean sciences topics in the center’s docent education class each year. The Seymour Center opened in 2000, and it has over 50,000 visitors each year, including many school field trips for K-12 students.