Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources

11 Apr 2017

The SCCF Marine Laboratory (four buildings) currently consists of approximately 3,468 ft2 and is located on J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge property on Tarpon Bay, in Sanibel, FL.  The main laboratory building (2,800 ft2) includes private offices (totaling 3) and communal office space (seven to eight) for staff and interns (or for a visiting scientist).  Also within the main building is a small conference area, a small on-site library, a wireless network, two dedicated small laboratories, the server, dedicated individual office space for 3 of the 4 Ph.D.s and community offices for up to six staff, along with a workshop and dive locker.  The foyer (multipurpose, only 180 ft2) entrance area houses the library, conference/eating area, the office manager’s desk and files, and copy machine.  There are two small bathrooms, no showers and a kitchen area (with ice machine and frig) that is inadequate as currently used.

The USFWS owns the current building housing the SCCF Marine Lab but all of the operating expenses and management is done by SCCF. While we compete for grant dollars for specific projects, SCCF’s core funding has been from philanthropic gifts and memberships. An MOU describing the use of the building is included in the extra documentation for this proposal. We collaborate closely with JN Ding Darling staff but there is no administration of operations that occurs through the Refuge.

For a small and relatively new (2003) laboratory, the lab is reasonably well equipped with regard to boats, vehicles and dedicated equipment.  Our small boats include a 22' Panga with 90hp 4 stroke Yamaha, a 22' Carolina Skiff with 115hp 4 stroke Yamaha, 20' Boston Whaler with 175hp 2 stroke Johnson, 16' Creek Craft with 20hp 4 stroke Honda, 12' and 14’ jon boats, and supplementary engines (14 hp -2 stroke Johnson and a 6 hp - 4 stroke Suzuki).  Currently we also have two dedicated vehicles a Chevy Sivarado 4X4, and a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.  

We have ten PCs (2012 or newer) with extensive software, a dedicated and networked server, wireless DSL, a dedicated GIS server with ESRI software, a networked HP 44” plotter, freezers (-20°C), an Isomet Low Speed Saw, a Leica Wild M32 stereo vision dissecting microscope with a dedicated digital camera, a Leica MZ6 dissecting stereo microscope, several compound microscopes (two older 1000x, and a new Olympus BX51 research grade microscope with DIC and epifluorescence), several fiber optics illuminators, a Daigger 4350 Microcentrifuge, Daigger micropipettors (P20, P200, P1000), M.J. Research Laboratory Thermocycler PTC 100, a BioRad denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis system, a BioRad 300W power supply, a BioRad gradient gel delivery system, Model 475, several transilluminators, a Fotodyne gel electrophoresis system, an IsoTemp incubator, a Napco autoclave (9" x 13"), four Quanta Hydrolabs (DO, pH, temperature, turbidity, and conductivity), a LiCor 1400 logger (pyranometer and spherical quantum sensors), a Hydrolab MiniSonde 4a and Surveyor (pH, DO, conductivity, salinity and temperature), a YSI 6600 S-NDE (chlorophyll, turbidity, pH, DO, conductivity, and temperature), a Campbell CR1000X (temperature, pH, DO, conductivity, and quantum sensor probes), a Rank Brothers oxygen measurement system with stirrer (with 7 and 25 ml chambers) and light source, a Hach DR2800 spectrophotometer with digestor, a constant temperature water bath, four Biospherical multi-channel light loggers, a Hamilton digital diluter, four-250 gal insulated tanks with chillers, heaters and filters and a Starrett DataSure wireless data collection measuring system with digital calipers..

We have a small workshop with large selection of tools within which is house the lab’s dive locker (with aluminum tanks) and a diverse array of gear for field sampling.  We also have several Trimble surveying GPS loggers (GeoXT and TerraSync software), a CST LaserMark™ LD-400 laser level with adjustable tripod, numerous digital cameras, hand held GPSs and underwater video equipment, some with underwater housings (a cabled Aquavideo B & W underwater video system with recording camcorder, a miniDV camcorder with Amphibico housing), YSI Model 200 stirring BOD meter, stirring hot plates, Baxter benchtop centrifuge, Turner Trilogy fluorometer (heads for chlorophyll a with acidification, CDOM and optical brighteners), an IDEXX Laboratories Enterolert® system, and an HF Micro100 laboratory turbidity meter.

Currently, the SCCF Marine Lab has nine Satlantic Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatories (LOBOs), automatic data collection and delivery systems, six of which are always deployed making-up the Foundation’s RECON network.  Each of the nine LOBOs has a Satlantic Stor-X datalogger, a WETlabs Water Quality Monitor (WQM, that includes conductivity, temperature, depth, DO, chlorophyll and turbidity), and a WETlabs CDOM ECO.  We also have on one of the stations a Nortek Aquadopp 2-d current profiler. 

The Lab is a member in good standing with the National and Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML, http://www.mbl.edu/naml/ and SAML), and the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS, see http://www.obfs.org/), an association of more than 200 field stations. We are also an Associate Member of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, a consortium of Florida Universities and research non-profits that foster graduate and undergraduate education and support research by Florida faculty and others.