Research Facilities

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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.

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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, X-ray diffractor, Subzero freezers, and additional equipment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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High Performance Computing Cluster

The HPC operates a scalable Linux cluster targeted for scientific researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as well as other universities. HPC is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Pixel Island 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Isotope Core Laboratory

The Isotope Core Laboratory (ICL) is located in TAMUCC's Natural Resources Center (NRC) room 3230. The purpose of the facility is to support basic and applied research in the biological, geological and environmental sciences in South Texas and promote collaborations among faculty at TAMUCC, other research institutions and industry.

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Measurement Analytics Lab (MANTIS)

The Measurement Analytics Lab of the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi explores the merging of geomatics, remote sensing, and geospatial computing to aid scientific and engineering decision-making through improved measurement and analytics of natural and built systems.

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Nano Sensing and Energy Lab (NSE)

Nano-bio-chemical sensing, micro/nano scale fluidics and heat transport, thermal-fluids engineering, and energy conversion such as solar harvesting and perfect absorption using nano-bio photonic and thermal-fluids.

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Robotics Lab

Current research includes farming automation system technology; machine learning based human personality/activity analysis; and CoBot for human robot collaboration.

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Innovation in Computing Research Labs (iCORE)

iCORE is a research, development, and commercialization group that promotes excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship in computing and related fields.  It contains the Innovative Computing Lab, Human Computer Interaction Lab, Remote Sensing and Networking Lab, and the Visualization and Graphics Lab.

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Tidal Forensic Anthropology Services (T-FAS)

The laboratory foci are forensic anthropology research and forensic case work related to the human skeleton; Personal identification of deceased individuals; Blunt and sharp force trauma analysis; and Evaluation of pathological conditions.

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Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab

The research goals of this lab is to understand changes in carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycles as well as food web structures in present ecosystems and reconstruct past variations preserved in sediment records.

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Plankton Lab

Research includes taxonomy, algal ecology (including Harmful Algal Blooms occurring in plankton, benthic, freshwater, marine, and hypersaline systems), remote sensing, aquaculture, biofuels, and hypersaline mats.  Chemical analyses include photopigments, mycosporines, freshwater toxin detection and quantitation, and marine toxin detection and quantitation.

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Geophysics Facility

We apply integrated approaches to investigate a wide range of complex hydrological, geological, and environmental problems. Our current research activities involve the use of spaceborne, airborne, and terrestrial geophysical data, remote sensing data, numerical modeling, statistical approaches, as well as GIS techniques to monitor availability and variability of freshwater resources in arid and semi-arid environments in Texas, Middle East, and Africa.