Laboratories & Instrumentation

The DMC has two flowing seawater laboratories on our waterfront campus with dry and wet lab space for resident faculty and visiting investigators.

flowing seawater laboratoryThe Flowing Seawater Laboratory (FSL) was renovated in 2021, thanks to support from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA), Maine state bond funds, and support from the University of Maine. It was originally built in the late 1960s and expanded in 1991, thanks to many donors and friends of the DMC. The ground floor includes a modern wet lab and office/lab space for visiting investigators. Office and lab space for faculty, staff and graduate students are located on the second floor.

marine culture labThe Marine Culture Laboratory (MCL) was completed in 2001 with funding from the Maine Technology Asset Fund (MTAF). The focus of this facility is shellfish and algal culture, to support a range of applied and basic research projects, many of which are conducted in collaboration with industry.

Pumps at the end of the DMC pier push 500 gallons of seawater per minute to head tanks in the MCL. From there gravity pulls the seawater through the wet labs and classrooms, back to the river. The ambient flow-through system enables researchers to hold native organisms for further study and controlled experiments. A quarantine room is available for holding non-native species.

Both wet labs have modular tank racks and a variety of tank sizes that facilitate flexible experimental set-up and design, and the capacity for chilled or heated seawater. Environmental chambers, walk-in coolers and state-of-the-art instrumentation for a wide variety of research interests are also available.

Our visitor laboratories average 100 square feet. Each includes running fresh water, phone, internet access and plenty of storage and works pace. Visiting investigators have access to general use equipment and wet lab tank space. General use equipment includes: micro-balance, water baths, shakers, incubators, fume hoods and darkroom.

The DMC invites visiting researchers to conduct on site. Office and laboratory space in our flowing seawater laboratories are available for rent year round. Contact to learn more.

Flowing Seawater Facilities
Plankton culture facilities (Kalwal and SEACAPS)
RO pure water purification system
Olympus BX-FLA fluorescence equipped microscope w/SLR camera attachment
Coulter Counter
UV-VIS spectrophotometer
Ultra-cold freezer
Walk-in environmental chambers
Video-equipped compound and dissecting Olympus microscopes

Biogeochemistry Laboratory
Canberra Gamma/Alpha Detection System
C-H-N-S elemental analyzer
High pressure liquid chromatographs
Flame and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer
Freeze dryer
Iatroscan TLC/FID analyzer
Microplate reader
Microwave sample prep system
Milli-Q water purification system
Miniflex x-ray diffractometer
Sorvall super speed refrigerated centrifuge
Surface area analyzers
Dissolved organic carbon analyzer
UV-VIS spectrophotometer

Histology/Electron Microscopy Center
AMRAY 1000 scanning electron microscope
Zeiss 900 transmission electron microscope
Critical point dryer
Sputter coater
Light microscopes — including those with epifluorescence, Nomarski interference and image analysis capabilities