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Mission statement  

The mission of the Water Analysis Lab (WAL), one of FAU's core facilities, is to provide high quality analytical services to support environmental research done by  faculty in the Department, the University, and their collaborators. Additionally, the lab places a strong emphasis on providing education and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.  

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The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for the determination of nutrients, major ions, metals, and stable isotopes of water.  We are also set up to perform basic soil analyses including, soil particle size, pH, electrical conductivity, and percent organic matter (via loss on ignition). With the arrival of our newest faculty member, Dr. Tiffany Roberts-Briggs, we are pleased to now also offer determination of both grain size distribution and carbonate composition of granular sediments.

A list of services can be found on our price list.  We welcome inquiries from researchers about specialized analyses. If you are interested in services not listed here or not on the price list, please contact us to discuss your needs and our capabilities.  


We are committed to providing hands on training to FAU students and are happy to offer training sessions and hourly user rates to graduate students interested in running their own analyses.  Training and hourly use fees can be found on our price list.  For additional information please contact us.  We also welcome inquiries and suggestions for incorporating the lab's resources into classes, undergraduate research, and outreach projects. 


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Price list


 Major instrumentation


  Other equipment

  • Carbolite LHT 4/30 400C lab oven
  • Mettler Toledo DL15 titrator
  • Accumet XL25 pH/mv/Temperature/ISE meter and various pH and ISE probes
  • Neutec Vortex shaker
  • Benchmark Scientific platform shaker   




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Dr. Tara Root, Ph.D .
Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences, FAU

Water Analysis Laboratory, FAU

office: 561-297-3253
cell: 561-400-7719
email: troot@fau.edu



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