Florida State University

Class & Research Space

Classroom and research space (laboratories, holding facilities, and greenhouses) are available for all FSU users to further the research, education, and outreach missions of the FSUCML. Descriptions of the space appear below. To secure space, please fill out the reservation form.

A marine technician is available to assist with equipment, laboratory work, and field work. For additional information about specific research equipment, please contact Marine Technician, Chris Matechik at cmatechik@fsu.edu or 850-697-4159.

Educational programs involving primary and secondary school students are welcome. Supervision is required at a ratio of one adult for five students. Students staying overnight must be in at least the ninth grade. Waivers that apply for visiting groups of such students include the FSUCML Waiver and the Information for Teachers and Chaperones.

Classroom and Laboratory

Classroom Space and Equipment

Two dry classroom spaces are available in the Administration Building:

  • Auditorium (seats 70)
  • Conference Room: (seats 10; undergraduate, graduate, adult classes only)

Three wet classrooms with wet tables for holding specimens, work tables, microscopes, and glassware are also avaiable:

  • Reef Fish Ecology Building Large Classroom (42ft x 20 ft; seats 42)
  • Main Laboratory Building Small Classroom (17-ft x 19-ft, seats 18)
    • Three 6-ft folding tables with stools (seats 18)
    • Whiteboard (4-ft x 8-ft) and lecture podium
    • Projection screen(4-ft x 6-ft) and overhead powerpoint projector
    • Wet table (2 ft x 8 ft) with access to seawater and air (1/8" low pressure, high volume air spigots/valves)
    • Fish specimen collection in open cabinets
  • The Doc Herrnkind Greenhouse (20-ft x 45-ft, wood deck flooring; seats 15)
    • Three work benches (30-ft x 8-ft) with sinks and fresh water
    • Wet tables with access to running seawater and air (1/8" low pressure, high volume valves) include four 3-ft x 6-ft tables and four 2-ft x 8-ft tables (click here to see wet table array)

Research Space and Equipment

  1. Individual Laboratories
  2. Common Laboratory Space
  3. Holding Facilities & Greenhouses (with tank arrays)
  4. Hazardous Material
  5. Stockroom

Ⅰ. Individual Laboratories

These labs are assigned to FSUCML faculty, and are available to FSU faculty from the main campus, and to visiting scientists.

Each laboratory suite in the main laboratory building contains:

  • Water: (1) Seawater, (2) potable water (chlorinated and softened) sink spigot, hot and cold faucet controls, and (3) nonpotable fresh water available upon request. Installation charges apply
  • Wet table (4-ft x 6-ft or smaller), plumbed to the floor drain
  • Four 1/8" low-pressure, high-volume air spigot/valves
  • Countertop, shelves, and cabinet spaces
  • Numerous 110-volt and several 220-volt electrical outlets
  • Internet connectivity

Laboratory space may be altered to suit the research needs of the FSU user, at the user's expense. Users can obtain a floor plan from the facilities department. Users should indicate on the floor plan a schematic for all alterations and consider the following:

  • maximum live loads, which must not exceed 60 psf within the laboratory building
  • location of tanks, work benches, cabinets and other needs
  • layout of electrical components, requirements and use (voltage, amperage, grounding)
  • layout of seawater and fresh-water piping

The user should seek approval through the facilities department before the installation of any electrical or other equipment that may interfere or integrate with any component of the "common" facility service and engineered services.

  • All aquaria, tanks, and other water containers must be placed in wet tables plumbed to the floor drain (in case of catastrophic spills) and placed 2-3 feet away from all electrical outlets.

Ⅱ. Common Laboratory Spaces

Available to all users. If demand is high, scheduled use of particular labs may be required. The common spaces include an analytical lab, two environmental chambers, a microscope room, necropsy laboratory, and a tank array room.

THE ANALYTICAL LABORATORY (Lab 6) contains the following equipment:

  • BALANCES
    • Electronc Mettler toploader (Dry work) - range 0.1 mg to 55 g
    • Electronic Sartorious Analytical (Wet work) - range 0.1 mg-110 g
  • CENTRIFUGES
    • Fisher Scientific Model 228 (counter top)
    • Fisher Scientific Model 22A (counter top)
  • Fume Hood
  • Magnetic Stirrer
  • Hot Plates
  • Millipore Filtering Apparatus, Vacuum pump, and paper
  • OVENS
    • Drying , Quincy Lab Bench Model 21-250, Inside Dimensions: 25.5"x 20"H x 24"D. Max. Temp = 149°C
    • Muffle Furnace, Scientific Thermolyne Model F6028C-80. Inside Dimensions: 10"D x 12.8"w x 6.8"h. Temp. Range: 100°C to 1200°C
    • Drying, Fisher Istotemp Model 516g. Inside Dimensions: 14"W x 16.2"D x 14"H. Temp. Range 40°C to 200°C
  • Pipettes, Eppendorf Automatic
  • Refrigerator and Freezer, Standard
  • Ultrafreezer, -80° C

The ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMBERS (two chambers, each 7 ft x 7 ft) provide controls for temperature (2C- 38°C) and light (with a timer)for conducting experiments.

The MICROSCOPY LABORATORY (Lab 1) - by appointment only (sign out w/ Marine Technician, Chris Matechik at cmatechik@fsu.edu or 850-697-4159)

  • ZEISS AXIO Imager A1
  • ZEISS Stereoscope Discovery .V12
  • Dry Bath incubator
  • Culture Incubator
  • Water Bath
  • Tissue Grinder (x2)
  • Veriti and Omn-E Thermal Cyclers
  • Turner Spectrophotometer
  • Electronic Mettler XS 64 Analytical Balance
  • Marathon 16km Centrifuge
  • Metrion III pH Meter

The NECROPSY LABORATORY (Lab 15, 15 ft x 17 ft) and the classroom space are adjacent, separated by two 36" pocket doors (opening = 72"x 80"). The lab space contains:

  • Stainless counter, sinks, cabinets, and shelves along one 17-ft wall
  • Storage cabinets (Three 16"x30"x72") portable free standing
  • Wet table (2-ft x 8-ft) with optional cover to convert to a work surface
  • Water: (1) hot & cold potable (chlorinated and softened); (2) cold potable water to hose bib; (3) running seawater

The AQUARIUM ROOM (Lab 5) - This 900-gallon recirculating tank system is perfect for experiments requiring individuals to be in separate tanks but experiencing the same environmental conditions. The system consists of 56 individual tanks stacked three tiers high. The bottom row consists of sixteen 15-gallon tanks, the middle row of twenty 7.5-gallon tanks, and the top row of twenty 2-gallon tanks. Water temperatures for the entire system can be raised to at least 33° C (91.4° F) using heaters submerged in the sumps or lowered to 20° C (68° F) by using the window air conditioning unit.

Ⅲ. Holding Facilities & Greenhouses

The FSUCML has a holding facility underneath the marine laboratory building for staging use of marine organisms for educational purposes and research and three greenhouses with different arrays of tanks and wet tables for conducting experimental work. The tanks range in size from small re-circulating aquaria systems, to outdoor flow-through tanks, and special use tanks up to 2,500 gallons for holding large animals or large numbers of organisms (see figures below). Tanks are also available that can be set-up on an as-needed basis.

To request use of the tank facilities, send a brief email detailing tank/aquaria needs, duration, and purpose of use to Dr. R. Dean Grubbs (dgrubbs@bio.fsu.edu ). Requests should be made the quarter prior to when the need is anticipated. Once space is assigned, it will be the responsibility of the user to maintain the area and clean the tanks after use. All users are required to present their State of Florida collecting permit (if applicable) and the Animal Care and Use Protocol from their home institution.

The Holding Facility Tank Array (underneath the main laboratory building)

Holding Tank

The Greenhouses and Tank Arrays

There are three greenhouses located on property and available for the research needs of the users. Two of these - Greenhouse North and Greenhouse South - are available year round for research. Water systems can operate either as closed or flow through systems. The third greenhouse - the Doc Herrnkind Greenhouse - operates primarily as a teaching lab during the summer. However, it is available at other times for research. Configurations of each greenhouse appear below.

Greenhouse North Greenhouse South Herrnkind Greenhouse

Ⅳ. Hazardous Material

Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible for contacting the Florida State University Office of Environmental Health and Safety for all necessary safety information about handling hazardous or flammable material. In addition, the PI is responsible for:

  • complying with all aspects of the Florida Right to Know Law by providing all Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to their project personnel for all materials in all spaces they occupy (Contact Dennis Tinsley to get all required Materials Safety Data Sheets.
  • arranging for use of radionuclides through the FSU Radiation Safety Office.
  • providing all the necessary personal safety information and equipment for all individuals handling hazardous materials, including:
    • appropriate containers and handling equipment that are safety approved and properly labeled
    • appropriate materials for clean-up and disposal of all materials
    • instruction in all appropriate safety procedures attendant to the presence of the materials