Location: GLRC 219, 223
Contact: Michael Gretz
The Analytical Laboratory for Great Lakes Exploration (ALGE) allows researchers from a variety of fields to access an ever-growing collection of front-line analytical tools. ALGE provides separation technology, spectrometry, and spectroscopy for molecular and ionic species important to both basic and applied research.
The lab supports sample preparation and analysis in gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, analytical microscopy, and protein and DNA analysis.
Thermo Scientific ITQ 1100
Offers gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, pulsed positive-ion/negative-ion chemical ionization, and quantification and spectral consistency range to the fentogram level.
Thermo Scientific ELEMENT 2
This inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometer is capable of rapidly measuring elemental and isotopic composition of heavy metals in tissues, water, soils, and sediments.
Agilent 8453 UV/VIS diode-array spectrophotometer
Veriti 96W PCR machine
Gel electrophoresis equipment
Zeiss Axioskop and Leica DM-R research microscopes
Transfer of heavy elements through food webs
Transfer of organically bound silica, copper, and mercury from wetlands and rivers into lakes
Biochemistry, metabolomics, eco-toxicity, and biomarkers in the geosphere and ambient environment
Aquatic Ecology Lab
Study threatened and endangered species ecology in both large-scale and small-scale wet-lab setups in the Aquatic Ecology Lab. This lab has large stream units, which allow us to rear and hold fishes—and other organisms—at a variety of temperatures and light conditions. Our large circular tank also enables us to study fish-group behavior.
The outdoor portion of our lab features mesocosms for studying larger fish—their growth, predator/prey interactions, and invasive species impacts.
Living Stream System
Six fully programmable tanks, allowing control of temperature, light conditions, and flow rates. Control of these variables allows us to perfectly recreate conditions in the Great Lakes, which is critical to our studies of native-organism life histories.
Located on the waterfront near the Center, the mesocosm consists of 30 1,100-liter water tanks that will complement work in the Aquatic Ecology lab.
- The effect of varying concentrations of substances, like road salts, on aquatic organisms
- Organism interaction studies, like predator/prey densities
- Large-fish (lake sturgeon and coaster brook trout) life history studies
Location: Dow 714
Contact: Amy Marcarelli
This lab studies biogeochemical cycles and linkages between physical, chemical and biological structure and function in streams, rivers and lakes.
Our research falls into 3 general categories:
- Ecosystem function responses to stream and lake restoration
- Consequences of subsidies at different trophic levels for stream ecosystems
- Biogeochemical linkages between streams and lakes
Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Lab
Location: Dow 414
Contact: Qinghui Chen
This lab aims to understand how the central autonomic system regulates cardiovascular function and body fluid and sodium homeostasis. The focus of lab research is to identify the neural mechanisms of sympathetic activation in cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders. Multi-level approaches—ranging from the whole-animal study to ion-channel recordings, molecular biology and gene manipulation—are currently being applied to research projects. This research represents shared interests between the Departments of Biological Sciences and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology.
Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Laboratory
Location: Dow 731
Contact: John Durocher
The Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Laboratory is primarily focused on developing and implementing preventative lifestyle strategies for those with metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors such as visceral obesity, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoproteins, pre-hypertension, and pre-diabetes. These strategies may include interventions such as: specific exercise programs, dietary modification, stress reduction, and adequate sleep. The laboratory has a secondary focus on sport-specific exercise assessment and prescription for hockey players and endurance athletes.
Environmental Bioremediation Lab
Location: Dow 511
Contact: Rupali Datta
Research is focused on the application of plant biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and microbiology in solving environmental problems using phytoremediation and plant-microbe interactions. Current research projects include: Phytoremediation of lead paint contaminated soil using vetiver grass, understanding the mechanism of lead tolerance by vetiver grass using proteomics and metabolomics, Role of vetiver and vetiver root-associated microorganisms in uptake and transformation of antibiotics, phytomremediation of heavy metals in mining- impacted soils, Use of vetiver grass for uptake and transformation of RDX, biofuel production from plants grown on marginal lands.
Invasive Species Lab
Location: GLRC 103
Contact: Charles Kerfoot
Explore the impacts of exotic species throughout the Great Lakes region in the Invasive Species Lab. The lab is named in honor of Dr. Lisa Drake, a distinguished physical scientist studying aquatic invasive species at the Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering in Key West, Florida.
As serious threats to the Great Lakes food web continue to mount, the Invasive Species Lab provides a first-rate facility for researchers to use to monitor, predict, and mitigate exotic invaders. Invasive species being studied in the lab include quagga mussels, zebra mussels, spiny water fleas, Daphnia, and other introduced micro-crustaceans.
- Documenting food-web impacts of exotic species in the Great Lakes and inland lakes
- Determining effects of global climate change on the inter-related Great Lakes system
- Using sediment cores to examine long-term hypotheses of evolution
- Evaluating regional effects of mining on lake ecosystems
Locations: Great Lakes Research Center
Contact: Jamey Anderson
Situated along the banks of the Keweenaw Waterway—and connected to Lake Superior—Michigan Tech’s campus is a haven for freshwater science researchers. Providing ready access to the islands, open waters, and many embayments of Lake Superior, the RV Agassiz offers students, faculty, and staff from Michigan Tech, other universities, government laboratories, and industrial partners an opportunity to explore the science of this mighty natural resource.
Northern Watershed Studies
The Northern Watershed Ecosystem Project conducts long-term research, inventory, and monitoring in a small network of legally-protected research sites located in National Parks and Preserves. The project goal is to gain understanding of the structure and function of representative ecosystems and their response to stressors. Most sites have been under study for 20+ years. The network of sites represents a diverse set of natural ecosystems from the northern hardwood-boreal ecotone to the taiga-tundra tree line.
The Department of Biological Sciences puts a priority on hands-on learning provided by a number of state-of-art teaching labs and research-grade equipment.
General Biology Laboratories
The suite of general biology laboratories supports several of our general biology and organismal biology courses including general biology, zoology, and botany. These labs are designed to accommodate many different styles of instruction including individual student/instructor interactions, a broad range of hands on biological activities, and multi-week, project-oriented laboratories.
Locations: MEEM 1106, 1107, and 1108
Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
This lab compliments the lecture portion of Anatomy and Physiology. The course and laboratory provide a foundation for biological sciences, pre-health, biomedical engineering, and kinesiology and integrative physiology undergraduates. This lab is designed to support the study of human and animal anatomy and physiology and is well equipped with skeletal and muscle models, tools for dissection, and histological slides. The lab also features sophisticated equipment for physiological measurements, such as reflex responses, skeletal muscle activation, and cardiorespiratory and renal function.
Location: MEEM 1101
Aquatic Biology Laboratory
Courses taught in this lab include limnology, fish ecology, research methods in aquatic ecology, larval fish ecology, and principles of ecology. They provide instruction and scientific exploration of interrelated physical, chemical, and biological processes within terrestrial and aquatic systems. Fieldwork on local lakes, rivers, and streams includes study of ecology, physical conditions, water chemistry, plankton, benthic organisms, and vertebrates. Lab activities include chemical experimentation, sample processing, and the identification and taxonomy of algae, aquatic macrophytes, invertebrates, and fish.
Location: Dow 707
Biochemistry and Genetic Techniques Laboratory
The Biochemistry and Genetic Techniques Lab is for the instruction of the following courses: Basic Biochemical Techniques, Advanced Biochemical Methodology, Molecular Biology Techniques, and Genetics Techniques.
Location: Dow 711
Medical Laboratory Science Laboratory
This laboratory is the cornerstone of our Medical Laboratory Science (also known as Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology) major. It is designed to give hands-on access and direct student-to-instructor interactions in clinical microscopy, techniques, and instrumentation.
Location: MEEM 1103
Microbiology Teaching Laboratory
The Microbiology Teaching Lab is used to support our microbiology courses. Microbiology is the study of living organisms that are typically too small to be seen without magnification; although small in size, these organisms are intensively studied for their roles in: disease production, production of antimicrobial chemicals, causing and cleaning up environmental problems, and producing and spoiling food.
Location: Dow 710
Teaching Greenhouse Dome
The teaching greenhouse provides plant material for general biology and botany laboratory courses. It houses a collection of plants that represent the major phyla of the plant kingdom, or that exhibit special adaptations for class demonstrations. Students in botany courses also use the facility for projects and experiments.
Location: Outdoors, between the MEEM and Chem Sci buildings