Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Research Equipment

National Science Foundation FSML and MRI awards have greatly improved the research capabilities at the Center.  The following equipment was acquired with these awards:

  • ABI Prism Genetic Analyzer - 3130 Avant, used for DNA sequencing and fragment sizing (Information on use of this sequencer is available from Sarah Cohen.)
  • ABI Prism 7300 Real time PCR system
  • Winspectral Guardian LSC from PerkinElmer, a low-background liquid scintillation counter
  • Europa Scientific Equipment gas chromatograph-stable isotope analyzer (9014U 20-20 mass spectrometer, ANCA GSL elemental analyzer and Agilent 6890N GC combination)
  • Shimadzu TOC-VCSH high temperature combustion total organic carbon analyzer with nitrogen detector
  • Costech ECS 4010 elemental analyzer with zero blank autosampler
  • Sartoius SE2 Ultra-Microbalance
  • Milli-Q high purity water system

Additionally, the University has supplied a core complement of general use equipment including balances, microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, temperature control rooms, refrigerators, freezers, fume hoods, PCR thermocyclers, a Kodak gel documentation system, UV cross-linker, hybridization oven, speed vacuum unit, and laminar flow hood.

For boat-based research, RTC maintains a fleet of small research vessels, including the R/V Questuary, equipped with a variety of sampling and monitoring tools that can be used in San Francisco Bay and nearshore waters. See the Marine Operations website for more information.

RTC students and staff have access to other equipment available at specialized laboratories at the SFSU main campus such as the GIS Facility in the Geography Department, the Electron Microscope facility, and the Conservation Genetics Laboratory in the Biology Department.


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