Ocean Acidification Research Lab

Dr. Olson and students collecting organisms A state-of-the-art research lab at SPMC allows faculty and students to investigate the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on marine ecosystems. The unique design of the SPMC OA laboratory allows scientists to maintain carbon dioxide in seawater through air-sea gas exchange, thus mimicking nature and also eliminating organismal stress associated with acidifying techniques that require active water flow or direct bubbling with enriched carbon dioxide gas (for further details see Love et al. 2017). This system allows experimentation with organisms that are sensitive to more intrusive acidification techniques, such as protists and invertebrate larvae. Experimental containers are held inside a walk in environmental room

Facilities and Equipment

Equipment used and available for ocean acidification research at SPMC includes: Powerex oilless rotary compressor, Twin Towers Inc. carbon dioxide scrubbers, Li-COR Li-820 CO2 sensor, Apollo SciTech Model AS-C3 total dissolved inorganic carbon analyzer, Agilent 8453A UV-VIS diode array spectrophotometer, and an open cell potentiometric titrator. The SPMC OA lab also has a Beckman Z2 Coulter Counter for algal cell counting and several biological incubators, including a large walk-in, are available as part of SPMC’s general laboratory facilities.

If you wish to use the SPMC OA lab, please contact Dr. Brady Olson.