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Fort Collins Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Overview

Biogeochemistry Laboratory in Fort Collins, CO.
Biogeochemistry Laboratory in Fort Collins, CO.
The Fort Collins Biogeochemistry Laboratory is a modern research facility operated by the Air, Water, and Aquatic Environments (AWAE) program at the Rocky Mountain Research Station. Equipped with cutting edge instrumentation and experienced staff members, the biogeochemistry 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 ecological 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 Laboratory 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 Air Resource Management Program, Colorado State University's Watershed Biogeochemistry Research Group,  Fraser Experimental ForestGlacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments SiteLoch Vale Watershed Research and Monitoring Program, and the USGS Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring Study.

Biogeochemistry Methods and Analysis Capabilities

We offer water sampling analysis, with analytical package customized for specific needs. Please contact the Biogeochemistry Laboratory for further information (970-498-1017).

  • Summary of analysis methods for the RMRS Biogeochemistry Laboratory (pdf
  • Biogeochemistry Laboratory quality assurance plan (pdf)

 

Table of analyses available through the Biogeochemistry Laboratory. Updated March 2018
Analyte Reference Method Method Description Method Detection Limit Practical Quantitation Limit
pH EPA 150.1 Mettler Toledo InMotion Pro NA 0-14 pH units
Conductivity EPA 120.1 Mettler Toledo InMotion Pro 0.35 µS/cm 1.0 µS/cm
Alkalinity EPA 310.1 Mettler Toledo InMotion Pro 2.0 µeq/L 3 µeq/L

Anions: Cl, F, NO3,NO2, SO4 EPA 300.0 Thermo Fisher Integrion Ion Chromatograph 0.01 mg/L 0.05 mg/L
Cations: Na, NH4, K, Mg, Ca ASTM D6919-03 Waters 580 Ion Chromatograph 0.01 mg/L 0.05 mg/L
Bromide (Br) or phosphate (PO4-P) EPA 300.0 Thermo Fisher Integrion Ion Chromatograph 0.01 mg/L 0.04 mg/L

Total Nitrogen ASTM D5176 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.02 mg/L 0.1 mg/L
Total Carbon EPA 415.1 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.1 mg/L 0.3 mg/L
Total Organic Carbon EPA 415.1 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.1 mg/L 0.3 mg/L
Total Inorganic Carbon EPA 415.1 Shimadzu TOC-V Combustion Analyzer 0.6 mg/L 2.0 mg/L

Soil Ammonium - N & Nitrate-N EPA 350.3 Lachat QuikChem AutoAnalyzer FIA+ 8000 Series - -
Soil Ammonium - N Lachat 12-107-06-2-A 0.05 mg/L 0.1 mg/L
Soil Nitrate - N Lachat 12-107-04-1-B 0.05 mg/L 0.1 mg/L
Address: 
240 W. Prospect Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Voice: 
(970) 498-1017