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Facilities and equipment

NZOAR has access to a number of research laboratories located both in town and at the Portobello Marine Laboratory (PML). Each department – Botany, Chemistry, Marine Science, Zoology – provides teaching, office and laboratory space that is focused around the central Dunedin campus of the University of Otago.

Equipment

A wide variety of equipment is available for use in laboratory and fieldwork. Each department maintains a listing of equipment available for loan. Equipment can be quite specific to a particular field of study. Each department – Botany, Chemistry, Marine Science, Zoology – maintains and supplies equipment specific to their respective fields.

Equipment is loaned between departments on a regular basis. Equipment listings can generally be obtained from each department. The links below are good starting points to determine what equipment is available.

Botany

The Botany department spent four years on the design and implementation of a cutting-edge culture system for testing the effects of ocean acidification on algae and invertebrates. This system allows independent replication of up to 24 culture chambers, monitors pH within the chambers continuously, and can be set to fluctuate pH to mimic diurnal cycles seen in coastal waters (see McGraw et al 2010 for further information).  There are also constant temperature and irradiance rooms, and a new auto-analyzer.

Check out the Botany department’s website for information on their resources.

Chemistry

The Chemistry department has gas chromatographs (GC), hi-res mass spectrometers (MS), high-pressure liquid chromatographs (HPLC), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometers and a variety of other standard chemical equipment available.

Check out the Chemistry department’s website for information on their resources.

Marine Field Work off Polaris

Marine Science

The Marine Science department has a variety of lab equipment located at the Portobello Marine Laboratory.  Our field equipment includes a Remote-Operated Vehicle, a Benthos C3D sonar scanner, a boomer, a piston corer and various CTDs, water samplers and dredges for use in depths from 20m to 500m.  We operate three field stations and seven vessels around the southern South Island.

Check out the Marine Science department’s website for information on their resources.

Zoology

The Zoology department has specialist field and laboratory equipment as well as a mobile research laboratory available.

Check out the Zoology department’s website for information on their resources.

Field stations

The University maintains remote field stations on Stewart Island and in Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland. For more information or to join our booking system, please email Julie-Anne Parsons.

We often mount multi-user expeditions, so please register your interest and options for potential vessel or field station sharing (even if you don’t think you can raise the funds to cover a full expedition but have a research interest), to enable us to bring a team together to help share costs.

Marine Science also has field, vessel and laboratory facilities at Portobello Marine Laboratory (PML), located at the tip of the Portobello peninsula halfway along the length of the Otago Harbour.

Vessels

The Department of Marine Science oversees five vessels in safe ship management which are available for research and teaching activities.

Bookings for vessels are requested in advance each September for the following year, although we accept bookings whenever we can. For more information or to join our booking system, please email Julie-Anne Parsons.