Facilities and Equipment


USF CMS maintains a diverse array of specialized analytical instrumentation, experimental facilities and research equipment for use by USF faculty, staff and students, and local, regional and international collaborators. For more information, visit our laboratories page.

Aquarium Lab

The Research Aquarium Lab is a flexible, user-directed facility capable of housing marine flora and fauna for husbandry and experimental purposes. The lab has both flow-through and closed system seawater options with aeration conduit and access points throughout the entire facility. It is equipped with large water tables and cylindrical tanks plus an array of smaller aquaria, pumps, powerheads, heaters, and chillers.

CO2 Chemistry Lab

The CO2 Chemistry Lab develops procedures and instrumentation for laboratory, shipboard and in situ measurements of CO2 system parameters.

Electron Microscopy Laboratory

Transmission and Scanning Electron microscopes with an accessory x-ray microanalysis system. Used for research and teaching across a variety of disciplines. Laboratory houses all the necessary specimen preparation equipment for the TEM and SEM

Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Facility

The GC-MS Analytical Facility routinely measures ultra-low abundance compounds of interest to environmental/contaminant and earth system history geochemists (PAHs, alkanes, biomarkers) using scanning, SIM and tandem MS techniques.

Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Lab

The LC-MS facility is used primarily for measurement of GDGT (glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) in marine sediments to estimate past ocean temperatures using the TEX-86 paleotemperature proxy. The hardware is amenable to most routine normal- and reverse-phase HPLC techniques. Identification and quantitation of unknowns is accomplished by -FLD, UV/Vis and MS (scanning, SIM, or tandem-MS modes) detectors.

Marine Environmental Chemistry Lab (MECL)

More information coming soon.

Oceanic Nutrient Laboratory

The Oceanic Nutrient and CDOM Laboratory performs nutrient analyses of seawater and freshwater samples for inorganic macronutrients (nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, phosphate, silicate) in addition to analysis of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) characteristics. The lab supports the CARIACO time series program, experimental process studies, and ongoing research in the Southern Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Short-lived Radiochemistry Laboratory

The short-lived radioisotope laboratory is comprised of three high-resolution gamma spectrometer systems (2 well, 1 planar) used for broad applications in radiogeochemistry, water column radiochemistry, and analytical chemistry, but commonly used for oil spill research, paleoceanography, and characterization of recent sedimentation in coastal, estuarine, and marine settings.

Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry

The Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Facility is capable of measuring the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen stable isotope compositions in a variety of geologic and biologic materials including carbonates, waters, tissues, plants, bone/enamel/apatite and isolated organic compounds (alkanes, fatty acids, biomarkers).

Tampa Bay Plasma Facility

The Tampa Bay Plasma Facility is a multi-group core analytical facility comprised of three inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometers and associated preparative and sample-handling equipment. The instruments are used for a variety of CMS, School of Geosciences and USF research: Trace metal geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, paleoceanography, geochemistry, radiometric dating, archeometry/anthropology and forensic science.