The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment contains several research service facilities
and numerous research laboratories run by SEOE faculty to aid the research of our
faculty and students, as well as to provide support services to the residents and
commercial enterprises in South Carolina. These are the Core Facilities operated by
the faculty of the SEOE.
Baruch Marine Wet Lab
The 1,400 sq ft. Baruch Marine Wet Lab is easily customized to fit various experimental
designs for animal, algal, and microorganism research. Natural seawater, transported
from the marine lab in Georgetown is stored in a 5000 gallon reservoir and is available
on tap. Floor drains make this space ideal for working with large volumes of water.
Staff assistance is available for consultation and for configuring the recirculating
Living Streams. This laboratory is operated on a cost-recovery basis and fees are
assessed for consumables and equipment use. Fee schedule. Application for space, equipment,
and/or seawater, contact Teresa Donelan (803 777 3919).
The radiochemistry laboratory has four high resolution gamma spectrometer systems
including one large volume Ge(Li) detector,one intrinsic germanium detector with a
1 cm diameter well, another intrinsic detector with a 2 cm diameter well and a low
energy planar detector. We also operate 16 alpha spectrometer systems, 8 gas phase
alpha scintillation counters to measure Rn-222 as well as low background gross alpha
and beta proportional counters. The laboratory further maintains a delayed coincidence
system to measure Rn-220 and Rn-219. A low background liquid scintillation counter
is used to measure low levels of C-14, tritium, 32P and 33P.
The Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences rock preparation facility recently moved
from EWS 106 into a renovated air- and liquid-controlled laboratory space in CLS 007.
The facility consists of equipment and instruments capable of disaggregating, cutting
and polishing rocks, and separating mineral grains by density, as well as hydrodynamic
and magnetic characteristics.
Stable Isotope Laboratory
The mass spectrometry lab is equipped for the isotope (13C, 15N, 18O) analysis of
carbonates, water, bulk organic solids, and individual organic molecules.
Instruments include an Elementar Isoprime attached to a dual micro-inlet and a multicarb
sample prep module capable of running 60 automated samples of carbonate or water.
The Isoprime is also connected to a EuroVector EA3024 with an 80 position autosampler
for analysis of 15N and 13C of organics. The EA is also connected to a diluter allowing
for the sequential analysis of Carbon and Nitrogen. An additional Perkin Elmer 2400
CHNS EA is available to measure weight percent of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulfur.
Services are provided on a fee-per-service basis and are subject to both staff and