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Research Support Facilities

Faculty, staff, and students across campus may use the services of these facilities for a reasonable fee. See below for descriptions. Most of these facilities are administered by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research; some are administered by other units.

Aquatic Research Laboratory and Saluki Aquarium

(618) 453-5289
McLafferty Annex Collaborative Research Facility
Mail Code 4344

CFAAS Facilities:

-Aquaculture facility includes over 90 research ponds used for controlled fish ecology, community ecology, parasitology, nutrient cycling, and fertilizer runoff research projects.  Our Aquaculture facility also includes the Aquatic Research Laboratory and Saluki Aquarium which is 7000 square feet of wet lab space, contains more than 10 recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and one open water system, and

houses Pallid Sturgeon.

- ​We have 10 research boats that are used for various projects

      -Long-term electrofishing fish community surveys on the Ohio River

      -Silver Carp telemetry, hydroacoustics, gill netting, and electrofishing on the Wabash and Illinois rivers

      -Buttonland Swamp fish community surveys

-Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and laser ablation used for fish otolith and bone microchemistry analysis

-Microscope and image analysis

Core Facility for Ecological Analyses

(618) 453-3218
Life Science II 417
Mail Code 6509
Manager: Amanda Rothert, (618) 453-7500, 102B McLafferty Annex
Director: Dr. Matt McCarroll, (618) 453-7508, 109B McLafferty Annex

Provides analysis of nutrients for water, soil, and tissue samples. Equipment includes OI Analytical Flow Solution IV, Thermo Flash 2000 Elemental Analyzer, Trilogy 7200 Fluorometer, Shimadzu GC-2014 and GC-8A.

Fermentation Science Institute

(618) 453-7508
McLafferty Annex Collaborative Research Facility
Mail Code 6833
Director: Dr. Matt McCarroll

The FSI Service Laboratory operates as a 3rd party testing facility, offering laboratory and analytical services to fermentation-based business that manufacture beer, wine and spirits. Services are carried out on state-of-the-art equipment by staff recognized as Certified Chemists by the United States Tax and Trade Bureau for beer, wine and distilled spirits. Our faculty and staff stand ready to support the production and research and development of fermented products and processes. Technical assistance is for all aspects of fermentation, including the production and characterization of feedstock materials and novel products.

IMAGE - Integrated Microscopy and Graphics Expertise

(618) 453-3730
Mail Code 4402
750 Communications Dr.

Director: Punit Kohli

Provides training, technical service, and research in scanning electron, transmission electron, atomic-force, and light microscopy. Advanced capabilities include X-ray analysis, image analysis, and viewing of specimens under near-atmospheric conditions. See the web site for more information on available instrumentation and microscopy fees.

The facility has the following instruments and accessories:

FEI Quanta FEG 450 SEM with EDS, BSE, ETD, LFD, and STEM detection
Hitachi H-7650 TEM
Bruker Dimension Icon Multimodal Atomic Force Microscope
Leica TCS SP5 Confocal Inverted Microscope
Park Scientific-Auto Probe CP Atomic Force Microscope
Leica Ultra Microtome
Denton Evaporator
Park Scientific-Auto Probe CP Atomic Force Microscope


Laboratory Animal Program

(618) 536-2346
1062 Life Science III
Mail Code 6506

The Laboratory Animal Program provides a centralized facilty for housing vertebrate animals used in research or teaching activities. The facility is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and is maintained under the direction of a board-certified veterinarian with specialized training in laboratory animal medicine to ensure proper and humane care and management of animals and compliance with federal regulations and guidelines. All research and/or teaching activities involving vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Care Commitee prior to commencing.


Mass Spectrometry Facility

(618) 453-6428
Neckers 103
Mail Code 4409
Director: Dr. Mary Kinsel

Provides sample analysis, research, and training opportunities to the SIU community. The facility has a ThermoFisher TRACE GC ultra/PolarisQ MS, a Bruker Daltonics MicroFlexLR TOFMS, Shimadzu LCMS-2020 (single quadrupole), Agilent 7850 ICPMS with autosampler, and a Thermo Finnigan DeltaV Plus Stable Isotope Ratio MS with High Temperature Conversion Elemental Analyzer, Gasbench II with CTC Analytics PALS Autosampler, and Costech Elemental Combustion System 4010 as peripherals.

Life Science II, Room 424
Curator: Dr. Nancy Garwood


The SIU herbarium originated in 1878 and currently contains over 250,000 specimens. It is located in room 424 in the Life Science II building on the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University. Although collections are worldwide (esp. Australia), the majority are from the United States and Illinois, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri. Important collections are those from: R. Athey, W. M. Bailey, S. R. Bennett, A. Chase, A. H. Curtiss, O. Degener, H. K. D. Eggert, J. Fowler, G. H. French, D. C. Ingram, G. N. Jones, F. B. Lenzie, E. J. Palmer, A. E. Radford, C. M. Rector, F. G. Renner, F. H. Sargent, J. R. Swayne, R. D. Thomas, F. H. Utech, and G. R. Vassey.