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Facilities

Analytical facilities for the Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry Lab include three separate laboratories (>2,000 sq. ft.) in the newly constructed (c. 2006) Latham Hall laboratory complex.  Additional facilities, including the isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) lab (~600 sq. ft.), are available in the adjacent Cheatham Hall, the administrative home of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and College of Natural Resources and Environment.


   

Latham Hall                                                                       Cheatham Hall


   


   

Core laboratory facilities [Forest Soils (above left), Water Resources (above

right) and Tree Nutrition (lower left and right) Labs] in Latham Hall.


Specific to the spaces shown above, the Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry Lab is well equipped for the analysis of plant, water and soil properties and process.  Major analytical equipment includes:
   

                    IsoPrime 100 EA-IRMS                                      Shimadzu GC 2010 with autosampler


   

Varian Vista MPX ICP-OES                                           Elementar vario MAX CNS


   

         Seal/Bran+Luebbe AutoAnalyzer 3                     Bran+Luebbe TRAACS 2000 AutoAnalyzer


   

            Dionex IC                                                               Shimadzu TOC/TN


Additional resources include centrifuges, drying ovens, walk-in refrigerators and freezers, incubation and growth chambers, greenhouses, field and bench-top meters (e.g., pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen), balances, hot plates, digest blocks, fume hoods, glassware, reagents, personal protective equipment, etc.  Departmental collaborators also routinely provide access to laboratory- and field-deployable infrared gas analyzers (IRGA) and water autosamplers.  The department is also well equipped with field tools (e.g., GPS units, shovels, augers, bulk density hammers) and maintains a facility to manufacture specialized equipment as needed.  Field campaigns are further supported by four-wheel drive vehicles parked on-site and reserved for departmental personnel.  Sample processing and preparation facilities are also available on-campus in a separate facility (~1,000 sq. ft.) complete with sieves, grinders, and a walk-in drying oven.  For additional information on the research-related resources of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, including the Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources Research Center, please visit http://www.frec.vt.edu/ResearchFacilities.html, or feel free to contact me.