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AWAE Program Headquarters
322 East Front St., Ste 401

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 373-4340

 


Rocky Mountain Research Station Headquarters

2150 Centre Ave., Bldg A
Fort Collins, CO 80526

(970) 295-5923

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

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AWAE Biogeochemistry Lab in Fort Collins, CO

Photo of the USFS RMRS AWAE Biochemistry Lab in Fort Collins, CO

 

Overview

 

The Fort Collins Biogeochemistry laboratory is a state of the art facility operated by the Air, Water, and Aquatic Environments (AWAE) program at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS). Equipped with cutting edge instrumentation and experienced staff members the biogeochem lab provides a wide range of analytical abilities for research pertaining to environmental chemistry.  Instrumentation and analysis methods are continually updated to remain at the forefront of modern science and to meet on-going needs of biogeochemical research projects pertaining to water quality, soil productivity, forest disturbances, soil and aquatic restoration, climate change and long term monitoring studies.

 

Analytical Support & Collaboration

 

In addition to providing support for AWAE and RMRS scientists, the Biogeochemistry Lab commonly assists other government agencies, academic institutions, and private research entities with a variety of analytical needs.  Current program research and collaborations include analysis support for the Fraser Experimental Forest (FEF), Glacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments Site (GLEES), Loch Vale Watershed Research and Monitoring Program, and the USGS Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring Study

 

 

Biogeochemistry Methods and Analysis Capabilities

 

Biogeochemistry Lab QA Summary

 

Biogeochemistry Lab Quality Assurance Plan

 


Analyte Reference Method Method Description Minimum Detection Limit Practical Quantitation Limit

pH EPA 150.1 Mantech PC-Titrate NA 0-14 pH units
Conductivity EPA 120.1 Mantech PC-Titrate 0.2 µS/cm 1.0 µS/cm
Alkalinity EPA 310.1 Mantech PC-Titrate 2 µeq/L

10 µeq/L


Anions: Cl, F, NO3,NO2, SO4 EPA 300.0 Dionex ICS-3000 Ion Chromatograph 0.01 mg/L 0.05 mg/L
Cations: Na, NH4, K, Mg, Ca ASTM D6919-03 Waters 580 Ion Chromatograph 0.02 mg/L 0.10 mg/L
Bromide (Br) or phosphate (PO4-P) EPA 300.0 Dionex ICS-3000 Ion Chromatograph 0.01 mg/L 0.05 mg/L

Total Nitrogen ASTM D5176 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.05 mg/L -
Total Carbon EPA 415.1 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.3 mg/L 1.0 mg/L
Total Organic Carbon EPA 415.1 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.3 mg/L 1.0 mg/L
Total Inorganic Carbon EPA 415.1 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.6 mg/L 2.0 mg/L
 
Soil/Resin Extractable N (2M KCl) EPA 350.3   - -
      Ammonia - N Lachat 12-107-06-2-A Lachat QuikChem AutoAnalyzer 8000 FIA+ 0.05 mg/L 0.1 mg/L
      Nitrate - N Lachat 12-107-04-1-B 0.05 mg/L 0.1 mg/L

Water Sample Analysis - Analytical packages customized for specific needs

 

 

Other services available - Please contact the RMRS Forest Sciences Lab at 970-498-1017 for further information

 

Revised: February, 2014

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

Please refer to the contact information below for additional questions pertaining to analysis capabilities, pricing, and laboratory availability.

 

Laboratory Manager
Derek Pierson
dpierson02@atfs.fed.us
240 W. Prospect
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 498 - 1017 TEL
(970) 498 - 1212 FAX

Lead Scientist
Charles Rhoades
crhoades@fs.fed.us
240 W. Prospect
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 498 - 1250 TEL
(970) 498 - 1212 FAX

 

 

 

Rocky Mountain Research Station - Air, Water and Aquatic Environments Sciences Program
Last Modified:  Wednesday, 23-Jul-2014 12:09:30 CDT

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