Botany Lab

Botany students use GPS to map plant populations at the Indian Creek Nature Center.

Coe's Environmental Science program features state-of-the-art equipment for use in the field and in the laboratory. Highlights include:


  • Coy Anaerobic Glove Box - for culture of anaerobic microorganisms
  • Geographic Information System laboratory built on ArcMAP
  • Jasco Spectrofluorimeter - for analysis of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and fluorescent brighteners
  • Dionex Summit HPLC with diode array detector, fluorescence detector, and autosampler - for analysis of polar organic molecules, such as herbicides
  • Dionex ICS1000 ion chromatograph with autosampler and Dionex DX-80 Ion Chromatograph - for analysis of nitrate, chloride, and sulfate in surface waters
  • SRI Model 8610 gas chromatograph with FID, PID, and DELDC detectors, purge and trap, and thermal desorber - analysis of organics
  • Perkin Elmer UV/visible spectrophotometers (3 Lambda 35s and 8 Lambda EZ150s) - for colorimetric analysis of nutrients
  • Perkin Elmer PE1100 Atomic Absorption spectrophotometer - for analysis of metals
  • Hewlett Packard GCD GC-MS - for analysis of organics, such as pesticides or solvents


  • YSI Model 556 Multiprobe System - simultaneous measurement of dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, and ORP
  • YSI Model 55 DO meters (3)
  • YSI Model 52 DO meter with 50 ft. probe
  • Accumet AP61 pH meters (3)
  • Accumet AP25 pH/Ion/FET meters (2)
  • Hach 2100P Turbidimeter (3)
  • Geotech Flow Meters (2)
  • Turner AquaFluor Fluorometers for chlorophyll analysis (2)
  • Hach pocket colorimeter for immunoassay analysis of atrazine
  • Geographic Positioning System (GPS) units