Facilities

The Watershed Hydrology Group shares the Water Resources and Forest Soils and Hydrology laboratories, which are two lab facilities that 5 faculty (including McGuire) from the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center share.  Facilities include 3 separate laboratory spaces totaling approximately 1900 sq. ft. plus a 960 sq. ft. headshed for soil and plant preparation and a walk-in drying oven, refrigerator, and freezer.  The laboratory space (~1200 ft2) is located in Latham Hall, which is a new (ca. 2006) building on the campus of Virginia Tech. Each laboratory bench space is dedicated to specific activities – acid washing, sample digestion, weighing and extractions, filtering, or analytical equipment.

The Forest Soils and Hydrology is also outfitted for full soil hydrologic property characterization.  Field- and lab-based constant-head permeameters, tension tables, and ring, Hood, and disk infiltrometers are available.

Major analytical equipment includes:

  • IsoPrime 100 EA-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (CNHO)
  • Dionex Ion Chromatograph
  • Elementar CNS Max
  • Elementar LiquiTOC
  • Seal Analytical AAIII Auto-analyzer
  • Shimadzu Gas Chromatograph
  • Radiometer Titralab 865 Titrator
  • Bran & Luebbe TRAACS 2000 Auto-analyzer
  • Varian Vista MPX ICP
  • Perkin Elmer Microplate Scintillation & Luminescence Counter

Lab Photos

Water Lab
Forest Soils Lab
Tree Nutrition Lab
GC
IRMS
Bran Luebbe
CNS
Dionex
ICP
liquiTOC
TRAACS