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Ecology Equipment & Facilities

  • Hess and Serber Stream Samplers for collection of invertebrates from stream environments
  • R/V Raquette 16 ft aluminum v-hull 25 hp boat for small lake and river work 
  • Ponar and Ekman Benthic Dredges for collection of invertebrates from deep water habitats 
  • Zooplankton net (0.6 m diameter, 65 µm) for collection of zooplankton and phytoplankton
  • Compound and Stereo Microscopes for observation of invertebrate organisms 
  • Percival Programmable Incubators for culture of plants and insects under natural light and temperature cycles 
  • Coulter Multisizer 3 for plankton size enumeration and sizing 
  • Fluoroprobe submersible fluorometer for characterizing pigmented plankton communities 
  • Hester-Dendy samplers for characterizing colonization by lake and stream aquatic invertebrates 
  • Depth finder and global positioning systems 
  • YSI multiprobe submersible conductivity, temperature, depth, pH, dissolved oxygen sounder with 100 ft cable; for characterizing water column properties in lakes 
  • R/V Santa Clara 14 ft aluminum flat-bottom row boat for shallow water work 
  • R/V Lavinia 25 ft, 2 x 150 hp, Boston Whaler/Challenger, 25 mile radar, marine radio, DGPS; for large lake and St. Lawrence River work 
  • Turner Designs model AU-10 fluorometer for detection of colored dissolved organic matter, chlorophyll and other phytoplankton pigments, with flow through cell 
  • ArcView Geographic Information System software 
  • Van Dorn, Niskin, and Go-Flo bottles for collecting water samples at depth 
  • Radio tracking receivers and digital range finder 
  • Hand held geographic positioning system (GPS) units 
  • Spotting scopes and binoculars 
  • Video cameras and monitors



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— Peter Takes '79, Ph.D., RAC, is Senior Director of Clinical and Healthcare Compliance and Clinical Compliance Officer at Stereotaxis, Inc. which manufactures devices for minimally invasive cardiological and neurological surgery.