CUSTOM WET LAB & CLASSROOMS
Project Oceanology’s facilities are equipped with technology not always available in today’s science classroom. At your fingertips will be the tools and equipment necessary to delve deeper into scientific techniques and explore research methods often limited to the collegiate level student or professional research scientist.
Two Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) allow for the real-time, visual exploration of underwater marine habitats. Get up close along eelgrass beds to see what species are utilizing this space or view the submerged structure and associated ecosystem of a lighthouse in the middle Thames River, just like the pros.
Temperature/salinity/oxygen probes, light meters, and pH probes all allow for data collection from the surface to the bottom of Long Island Sound, precisely measuring many water quality parameters.
Lab equipment and glassware are available to allow your higher-level chemistry class to determine salinity and oxygen levels of sample water through precise titration techniques.
Drying ovens, muffle furnace, sediment shakers, and high precision balances will allow the study of sediment makeup through comparisons of relative sediment sizes and the percent organic material in samples.
Nutrient test kits and field spectrophotometers can be used to determine concentrations of phosphates and nitrates in sample water. These data can lend themselves to discussions regarding eutrophication in coastal systems in comparison to the oligotrophic ocean.
Centrifuges and spectrophotometers are utilized when testing sample water for concentrations of chlorophyll associated with photosynthetic phytoplankton. These numbers are directly related to the productivity of marine habitats.
Otter trawls, plankton nets, lobster traps, seine nets, and benthic grabs are just some of the many fisheries tools employed by Project O staff and students as sampling methods to study the biota of Long Island Sound.
Sampling and filtration equipment along with incubators allow for the collection and growth of coliform bacteria. Samples like these are routinely used as indicators of water quality throughout the scientific community.