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Research Facilities

College of Science & Engineering

Laguna Madre Field Station Logo > Laguna Madre Field Station (LMFS)
The Laguna Madre Field Station provides a site and facility for field training, education, and research in coastal, environmental, and ecological studies. The mission of the LMFS is to increase understanding of the Laguna Madre, adjacent bays, estuaries, and Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, as well as to foster ecosystem stewardship through training, education, research, and outreach.
Two people in a boat > Marine Ecotoxicology Research Station (MERS)
The Marine Ecotoxicology Research Station strives to conduct research that will provide an understanding of the effects of contaminants on marine ecosystems. This will promote proper decision-making in environmental management, which will lead to better preservation of marine biological resources, as well as enhancement of the quality of marine biological resources, and ultimately of human life.
Photo of Environmental Microbiology Lab > The Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (EML)
The Environmental Microbiology Lab has NELAP-Recognized Laboratory Accreditation through TCEQ, for three microbiology methods (fecal indicators: Enterococci, E. coli and fecal coliforms) with facilities for microbiological and molecular work. Research interests include marine and coastal pathogens, levels and sources of contamination of coastal waters including microbial source tracking and other coastal health related issues. The lab is also funded by the Texas General Land Office to monitor beaches in four counties for the Texas Beach Watch Program.
Photo of an instrument > Instrumentation
The Departments of Life Sciences and Physical and Environmental Sciences use a wide array of equipment and apparatus:Instrumentation Lab, NMR (installed Summer 2006), Flow cytometer, Automated nutrient analyzer , Video imaging and analysis stations, Xray diffractor, Subzero freezers, and additional equipment.
Photo of Ruth O'Brien > Ruth O'Brien Herbarium
Part of the Department of Life Sciences, the primary mission of the Ruth O'Brien Herbarium is to provide support for teaching and research in the biological and environmental sciences. The Herbarium contributes to major floras, produces local and regional floras, and collects material from the field to distribute duplicates. Students learn plant identification to provide information services to government agencies, the academic community, and the public.
Genetics Core Facility of a student using a microscope > Genomics Core Facility
The molecular instrumentation core facility in the College of Science & Engineering was established to provide faculty and student researchers with access to research-grade instrumentation for the life sciences. At present, it includes equipment for both preparation and analysis, including two high-speed centrifuges, a thermal cycler, and a DNA sequencer and fragment analysis instrument.

Photo of a Diver > Dive Lockers
The College of Science & Engineering has all the necessary dive equipment necessary to conduct its research efforts. Equipment includes: a 16 foot Zodiac inflatable boat with 40 hp Yamaha outboard, 16 aluminum tanks, 7 sets of regulators and BCDs, 2 underwater diver propulsion systems, 5 Nikonos underwater cameras (including cameras and attachments for close-ups and monitoring specific dive sites), an underwater video camera and housing, and various other gear.
Fisheries Ecology and Physiology Photo > Fisheries Ecology and Physiology Lab
The Fisheries Ecology Lab focuses on the marine biological sciences, particularly marine ecology. Its research is field-oriented, and considerable time is spent collecting data in the marine environment. Research interests focus on understanding the relative value of habitat for aquatic organisms emphasizing marine and estuarine fishes. Much of this research is directed towards determining temporal and spatial distributions of fishes, as well as the causes and consequences of the habitat use in terms of age, growth, and mortality.
People gathering aquatic samples > Wet Lab
The Texas A&M University Corpus-Christi Wet Lab is part of the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies. Please visit the HRI website for more information on lab activities: www.harteresearchinstitute.org.
Photo of a computing cluster > High Performance Computing Development Cluster (HPCDC): Beowulf Cluster
The HPCDC operates a scalable Linux cluster targeted for scientific researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as well as other universities. HPCDC is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. HPL Benchmark: 73.16 Gflops, Theoretical: 73.44 Gflops.
Pixel Island Logo > Pixel Island Lab - Visualization & Graphics Lab
The mission of Pixel Island is to conduct research in computer graphics and visualization, to be a source of expertise in these areas for the campus, and to educate students in these areas. Pixel Island currently has two major focus areas: face-to-face human computer interaction and visualizing scientific data.
Real-Time Computing Lab Logo > Real-Time Computing Laboratory
This project is the development of a learning laboratory used to teach computer science and mathematics subjects. The lab will provide students with hands-on experience with hardware interfacing, data acquisition, real-time programming, client/server programming, and observing actual physical results of numerically computed solutions to problems.
Photo of a lunar eclipse > CITGO Observatory
The Observatory, made possible by CITGO, uses four Mead telescopes to aid in the study of our sky. There is one 16" LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the dome and a 10" Reflector from Orion with dobsonian mount. Additionally, the Observatory holds one 8" LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain, a 7" LX200GPS Maksutov-Cassegrain, and a floor-mounted 90mm ETX. The picture at left was taken by students using the Observatory during the lunar eclipse in October 2004.
GIS Logo > Geographic Information Science (GISC)
The mission of the Geographic Information Science Program and its facilities is to prepare graduates for a variety of career paths related to the acquisition, analysis, and management of spatial data and information. Career paths include education towards advanced degrees and employment in the fields of Geospatial Systems. The program prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to determination of location, elevation, and alignment of natural and manmade topographic features.
Engineering Technology Workshop > Engineering Technology Workshops
The Engineering Technology Laboratories are housed on campus in the Engineering Building. The labs are used in support of the College's Electrical Engineering (Control, Electronic, and Computer Systems) and Mechanical Engineering (Construction and Maintenance) degrees. Engineering Technology focuses on the applied aspects of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in the portion of the technology spectrum closest to product improvement, manufacturing, construction, and engineering operational functions.