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, operated by the Institute of Marine Sciences, is a central lab complex within the Earth & Marine Sciences Building. It houses scientific instrumentation and equipment to support research in marine and coastal related research. Major equipment includes: gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, liquid chromatography systems; carbon and nitrogen analyzer; spectrophotometer, fluorometer, and nutrient analyzer. We also have additional equipment, lab ware, and well-stocked reagent and chemical cabinets typical of analytical research labs. 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 the lab manager Brian Dreyer.

The UCSC Plasma Analytical Facility, housed in the Marine Analytical Laboratory, has an ElementXR high resolution ICP-MS, an X-Series II quadrupole ICP-MS, a Photon Machines Analyte 193H excimer Laser Ablation System, and an iCap 7400 radial view ICP-OES. Brian Dreyer 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. Jonathan Zehr oversees this facility.

The W.M. Keck Isotope Laboratory with a Isotopx Phoenix x62 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.

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.