Professor in Charge
Michelle Soupir, Associate Professor, ABE-ISU
Leigh Ann Long, WQRL Manager
The purpose of ABE’s Water Quality Research Laboratory (WQRL) is to facilitate research on water quality, specifically on investigating the occurrence, fate, transport and control of microbiological or chemical pollutants in natural and engineered environmental systems. WQRL is located in Rooms 4205 and 4207 of Sukup Hall on the Iowa State University campus.
The WQRL has separate spaces dedicated to research on pathogens and pathogen indicators (Room 4205) and nutrients, sediments, and chemicals of emerging environmental concern (Room 4207). The laboratory is equipped with instruments used for routine chemical and microbiological analyses such as balances, pH meters, centrifuges, ovens, muffle furnace, waterbaths, incubators, stir plates, membrane filtration devices, environmental shakers, autoclaves, and biosafety cabinets. We have an IDEXX Quanti-Tray System for bacterial quantification, a Bio Rad C1000 Thermal Cycler for PCR, and a Syngen Ugenius Gel documentation system. Nutrient analysis is conducted with our SEAL AQ2 and AQ400 discrete analyzers and an Agilent Cary 8454 UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Other resources in the WQRL include a BD50 digestion block, Sequoia LISST-100X submersible laser-diffraction particle size analyzer and a Nexcelom Auto M10 Cellometer.
Per sample pricing is available in the document below. All listed rates are for internal (Iowa State University PIs) clients. An indirect rate of 50% will be applied to all external samples.