Dry Laboratory

In 2021, the Schiller Coastal Studies Center opened a new 4,200-square-foot dry lab in a building adjacent to the marine lab (also known as the “wet lab”).
Interior of marine dry lab

The wet lab contains thirty tanks that can be continuously supplied with sea water from the nearby sound. The juxtaposition of the wet and dry labs opens the possibilities for researchers to do intensive experiments on site.  

The dry lab is sectioned into three parts: a faculty research area with new incubators and molecular research capabilities, a preparatory lab with access to a laminar flow hood, and a classroom. The expanded space gives faculty and students room to work side by side without being crowded.

The flow hood makes it possible for students and researchers to do chemical manipulations. The three incubators can culture organisms such as phytoplankton or other microbes in conditions that mimic circadian light and temperature cycles. The incubators can also grow food to feed organisms, such as clams and oysters, living in the wet lab’s tanks.

Student in dry lab at Schiller Coastal Studies Center