Environmental Science Laboratories

Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
What the facility does

Research on soils and plants, including modern and fossil plants (paleobotany)

Areas of expertise

The environmental science laboratory has a range of analytical equipment available to determine the composition of soils, plant tissues, and water samples taken from the field. In addition, research on plant fossils (e.g. pollen and leaves) reconstructs ancient environments from Arctic and western Canada with a focus on Eocene and Pliocene epoch sites.

Research services

Analysis of samples of water, soils, plants, and fossil pollen and leaves (palynology / paleobotany).

Research services for research collaborators, stakeholders, and for recruiting graduate students; no private or public services available.

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Environmental technologies and related services
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Analytical suiteShimadzu total nitrogen and total carbon analyzerTotal N, organic C, and total C on aqueous samples
 Astoria segmented flow spectrophotometerIonic species in solution, including orthophosphate, nitrate, and ammonium
 Varian ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma CCD detector)

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission spectroscopy

(ICP-OES). Concentration in solution of a wide range of metals and other elements.

 BioTek cell plate spectrophotometerProtein concentration
Microscopy suiteOlympus MVX10 stereo-microscope with digital image captureMicroscopic examination of hand samples, e.g. seeds, leaves. Epifluorescence + image analysis.
 Olympus BX51 Fluorescence Microscope (compound microscope with digital image capture)Microscopic examination of plant tissues and pollen samples prepared and mounted on glass slides. Epifluorescence + image analysis.
Microbe biomass in relation to organic carbon and clay in soilhttps://www.mdpi.com/2571-8789/4/3/41
Variation in potassium and calcium uptake with time and root depth.https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/full/10.4141/cjps-2014-227
Dietary palaeoecology of an Early Cretaceous armoured dinosaur (Ornithischia; Nodosauridae) based on floral analysis of stomach contentshttps://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.200305

Plant community ecology and climate on an upland volcanic landscape during the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum: McAbee Fossil Beds, British

Columbia, Canada

What a dinosaur's last supper reveals about life in the Cretaceous periodhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/science/nodosaur-borealopelta-stomach-1.5600224