Stream and Riparian Ecology Lab

image The Stream and Riparian Ecology lab is well-equipped to study linked biophysical processes both in the field and laboratory. A spacious student office space contains dedicated PCs for each student and a common meeting space. A separate wet lab  houses several refrigerators for sample storage, fume hoods, drying ovens, mass balances, and a Barnstead Diamond Ultrapure Water System for water deionization. Field research is supported using a wide array of portable instruments and equipment, including:

Field Surveying and GPS

  • Sokkia 530R Reflectorless Total Station (plus target and rod)
  • Topcon AT-G4 Autolevel (plus rod)
  • Haglof Vertex Hypsometer (sonic distance and height instrument, plus target and rod)
  • Trimble GeoExplorer high-resolution GPS
  • Handheld Garmin eTrex and GPS60 units


Plant Ecology and Ecophysiology

  • Haglof increment borers of various sizes
  • LAI 2000 Plant Canopy Analyzer
  • Plant Canopy Hemispherical Photo setup
  • Coming soon: PMS 1000 pressure chamber (w/ tank & tools)
  • Coming soon: Delta-T leaf porometer

Field and Lab Hydrology

  • Opti-sciences GFL-1 flow-through field fluorometer
  • Marsh-McBirney flow meter
  • Portable WTW pH/specific conductance/dissolved oxygen probes
  • Geopump Persitaltic Pumps for well sampling

General Field Gear

  • Personal field instruments: clinometers, compasses, hand tools
  • Personal field gear: waders, boots, field vests
  • Stihl 034 chainsaw and full safety gear
  • Access to boats of various sizes and kinds.

In addition, we have access to a Two-Column Dionex Reagent Free Ion Chromatography System, ICS-2000, with autosampler for simultaneously measuring anion concentrations such as chloride, sulfate, and nitrate, among others.

Dendroecology Lab

image image The Dendroecology Laboratory at ESF is a joint facility used by several faculty. The Stella research group lab has dedicated instruments and personnel for using dendrochronology to study fluvial processes and their impacts on plants, ecosystems, and society.  Current research applies growth rate analysis, dendro-isotopic analysis, and dendroclimatology to research based in semi-arid regions (southeastern France, central California), and the northeastern United States. 

The lab features a full complement of increment borers and field gear, sanding and wood-extraction equipment, a Velmex measuring system, and two stereomicroscopes.  The joint Denderoecology Lab facility also provide on-site access to an additional Velmex measuring system, a Lintab measuring system, an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer with laser ablation accessory (see below), and a complete wood shop. 

Useful dendrochronology links

Coordination with other labs at SUNY-ESF

image Environmental Science Stable Isotope Laboratory (EaSSIL)

We currently work in conjunction with Dr. Mark Teece’s Stable Isotope Lab to study water relations of riparian plants through variation in stable carbon isotope ratios of tree-rings and leaf tissue. The primary instrument used is a ThermoFinnigan Delta XL Plus isotope ratio mass spectrometer. Additional components include :

  • Costech Elemental Analyzer for the C and N analysis of solid and liquid samples
  • ThermoFinnigan TC/EA for H and O analysis of solid and liquid samples
  • Thermo Trace GC for C, N, H and O analysis of individual compounds

ESF James M. Hassett Laboratory for the Study of Hydrology & Hydraulics

The newly-equipped J. M. Hassett Laboratory in the Department of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering contains a 7 meter sediment and water recirculating flume, a 3 meter teaching flume, a river hydraulics table and other hydrologic and hydraulic field and laboratory equipment.

image ESF Analytical & Technical Services

ESF’s Analytical and Technical Services (A&TS) is housed in a separate facility in Jahn Laboratories and supports research and instructional activities at ESF. Services include an extensive portfolio of chemical analysis methods, computer and instrument repair, electronic design and a chemical stockroom. Instruments include:

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma—Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES; Perkin Elmer Optima 3300DV). This instrument is capable of the simultaneous determination of metals and other elements (for example B, P, S) in such matrices as water, soil extracts, and plant digests.
  • Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA ICP-MS, New Wave UP193 Laser Ablation unit). This unit uses a solid-state laser beam to ablate a solid sample prior to introduction into the ICP-MS, thus providing the capability to detect and quantify up to 70 elements in a solid. The instrument is also capable of sampling spots or transects across a small sample.
  • Hewlett Packard model 5989B Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometers (GC/MS).