Marine Chemistry Facilities

Marine Chemistry Facilities (MCF) at the Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) provides and maintains facilties for conducting many kinds of chemical analyses in support of teaching and research at SPMC. We provide training to WWU students, faculty, and staff and to participants in SPMC's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in basic laboratory safety and laboratory skills, and in specific chemical analyses. Training may take place as part of WWU courses held at SPMC, through REU workshops, and through individually-scheduled sessions for WWU students, staff, and faculty. MCF staff also conduct routine water quality analyses that are added to SPMC's water quality database, a record that goes back over 30 years.

Facilities and Equipment

SPMC has extensive facilities for water quality analyses, as well as facilities for other specialized applications.  The facilities for water quality research include an autoanalyzer for measuring nutrients (nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, and orthophosphate), fluorometers for measuring chlorophyll and phaeopigments, UV and visible spectrophotometers, a diode array spectrophotometer, titration equipment, and temperature, salinity, conductivity, pH, and dissolved oxygen meters. 

Using MCS Facilities

If you are interested in using the Marine Chemistry Facilities at Shannon Point to conduct a class or for independent research or wish to schedule a training session, please contact Kathy Van Alstyne. If you are a researcher submitting a grant proposal that will require extensive use of MCF facilties or equipment, please contact Kathy Van Alstyne during the proposal development phase so we can best determine how your marine chemistry needs can be supported. If you are a student planning to conduct thesis or independent research project, you should talk to us during the proposal development stage of your project.


RM 142, Sundquist Marine Laboratory
Shannon Point Marine Center
(360) 650-7400 Ext: 226 or
(360) 293-2188 Ext: 226