Lab Resources

MLEL survey equipment.
Madison at computer.
MLEL divers in boat.

Field equipment

TopCon GTS 230-W Wireless Total Station

This high precision laser surveying instrument is used by members of the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab to conduct detailed topographic surveys of benthic marine communities.

TopCon GTS 230-W Wireless Total Station

TopCon GTS 230-W Wireless Total Station

Nikon D40X digital cameras

Two sets of high resolution digital photographic equipment are available to members of the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab to conduct photo surveys. Additional equipment includes flash strobes and telephoto lenses for more specialized photographic surveys.

Person taking a photograph using Nikon D40X camera.
Photo quadrat survey.

Ikelite underwater camera housings and strobes

The lab maintains three sets of Ikelite underwater camera housings and strobes for conducting underwater species and habitat surveys.

Ikelite underwater camera housing and strobe deployed at Santa Catalina Island.
Lobsters underwater.

Dewalt 18 volt and 24 volt rotary hammers

These battery powered rotary hammers are capable of drilling into rock and provide members of the lab with the ability to install experiments in the hard substrate of most rocky intertidal communities. The lab currently has two sets of these drills.

Dewalt 18 volt and 24 volt rotary hammers
Sean and Katie with drill.

Boats

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab maintains a group of small boats that are available for lab related research activities.

Lab boats deployed in British Columbia Canada.

Marine Landscape Ecology Lab boats deployed in British Columbia, Canada.

Boat at Catalina Island.

Cal State Monterey Bay Marine Science Program boat deployed at Catalina Island, California.

Monterey

One 16ft Achilles inflatable boat with a 30hp outboard motor. The boat has a tow trailer.

British Columbia

Two boats are moored year round at the Bamfield Marine Science Center in British Columbia and are available for research related activities.

One 16ft Achilles inflatable boat with a 30hp outboard motor.

One 16ft aluminum Cope with a 30hp outboard motor and steering console.

CSUMB

In addition to dedicated lab boats, the Marine Science program at CSUMB maintains a fleet of small boats that can be reserved for research related activities. Life vests, boat trailers and boat safety kits are also available through the CSUMB small boats program.

Lab facilities and analytic capabilities

Facilities

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab is housed in the Chapman Science Academic Center. An environmental chamber, two high powered dissecting scopes and water tables are available for working with marine organisms. The lab has wireless internet access.

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab

Statistical analysis

High speed computers, JMP, FragStat and R statistical software are available through the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab for conducting parametric, nonparametric and spatial analyses of marine geospatial data.

GIS analysis and modeling

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab possesses a full complement of ArcGIS software for the analysis of geospatial data as well as the construction of marine habitat models.

Intertidal photo transect model.

GIS visualizations depicting photo transect rendered to underlying model of topography in the rocky intertidal.

GIS visualizations depicting water velocity.

GIS visualizations depicting photo transect water velocity measurements rendered to underlying model of topography in the rocky intertidal.

Image analysis

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab has ARC-Map for manual classification of digital imagery as well as ERDAS remote sensing software for automated classification of digital imagery.

Species image in ArcMap software.
Manual classification of species in digital photo into raster model.

Manual classification of species in digital photo into raster model using ArcMap.

Species image in ERDAS software.
Automated classification of species in digital photo using ERDAS software.

Manual classification of species in digital photo into raster model using ERDAS remote sensing software.

Quantitative analysis of special boundaries

Through the use of Boundary Seer Landscape Analysis software members of the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab can conduct quantitative analyses on the spatial distribution as well as the intensity of species boundaries in nearhsore marine communities.

Species boundary representation.