UMass Boston

The Nantucket Field Station Laboratory

Research Facilities

The Nantucket Field Station houses a variety of field and laboratory equipment which is available for reservation and use by researchers and educators. For inquiries or requests please email the Field Station Director, Yvonne Vaillancourt.  If you are interested in using NSF equipment, please contact the station director as far in advance as possible to check on availability as it may already be reserved or in use. Reservations for lab or research bench may have associated fees, please forward questions you may have.


 Representative Field Equipment List

  • boats, dinghies, canoes, kayaks
  • plankton nets
  • hand held water sampling units (temperature, DO, salinity, conductivity, pH)
  • hand held fluorimeter
  • vacuum pumps
  • depth finders
  • secchi disks
  • snorkeling equipment
  • life-vests
  • buoys
  • vegetation survey grids
  • well sampling equipment
  • coring equipment


 Representative Lab Equipment List

  • stereo microscopes
  • compound light microscopes
  • swinging bucket centrifuge
  • balances
  • drying oven
  • chemical hood
  • -80 freezer
  • refrigerator and -20 freezer
  • spectronic 20 spectrophotometers
  • Hach colorimeter/spectrophotometer
  • incubator