In order to reconstruct past changes in ocean circulation and biogeochemistry, we require trace-metal clean lab space and high-precision mass spectrometers. Many of our facilities are shared among several groups at WHOI.
Our general purpose wet lab
Our group has a dedicated general purpose wet lab, Clark 410, which is used for sediment prep, deep-sea coral cleaning, and other basic chemistry. We have a fume hood and a HEPA-filtered clean hood.
We have shared use of two trace-metal clean labs in Clark where we prepare samples for U/Th dating and Nd isotope analysis. The one pictured to the left was built in two shipping containers and is on the roof of Clark (with a pretty nice view!)
WHOI Plasma Facility
The WHOI Plasma Facility houses a ThermoFisher Neptune multicollector (MC)-ICP-MS for high-precision isotope measurements and iCAP Qc quadrupole ICP-MS for lower-precision elemental analyses. We will soon add an Agilent 5900 ICP-ES to the lab, which will expand our capabilities to measure elemental compositions of higher concentration samples.
Seafloor samples Laboratory
The WHOI Seafloor Samples Laboratory, located in McLean, houses thousands of sediment cores and other marine geological samples. This is where our deep-sea corals will be stored. The Seafloor Samples Lab also has space for cutting corals and sampling sediment cores.