Students in teaching labs, as well as those conducting independent research, have access to the department's wide range of sophisticated calibrating and measuring instruments, which enable graduate-level analysis of data.
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
A scanning electron microscope, acquired in 2016 with a grant from the National Science Foundation, provides a powerful tool for students, faculty, and visiting researchers to study the structure and composition of rocks, minerals, shells, and corals.
The Bowdoin Buoy Made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the result of a partnership among Bowdoin, Bigelow Laboratory, and St. Joseph's College, the scientific buoy near the Schiller Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell Sound was installed to study Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).
Trace Gas Analyzer LI-7810
High performance CO2, CH4, and N2O gas analyzers for the field and lab.
Varian 450 GC
The Gas Chromatograph allows us the measure the concentration of CO
2, CH 4, and N 2O gas in air samples.
Agilent 1260 Infinify II HPLC
HPLC separates compounds dissolved in a liquid sample and allows qualitative and quantitative analysis of what components and how much of each component are contained in the sample.
The LISST is a submersible multi-parameter system for in-situ observations of particle size distribution and volume concentration.
Smartchem 170 can analyze nitrate, ammonia, ortho-phosphate, Kjeldahl nitrogen and phosphate and silicate in water and soil samples.
Cary 300 Spec
This instrument measures the light absorbed, transmitted, or reflected by the sample at each wavelength in the UV and Visible spectrum.
The SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT measures conductivity, temperature, and pressure in marine or fresh water environments.
YSI 6600Measures temperature, salinity, turbidity, oxygen, chlorophyll and pH levels of seawater.