The dry laboratory is one of the original buildings of the research station, refurbished in 2004 it is available for all visitors to undertake various scientific and experimental tasks, primarily microscopic analysis of specimens, chemical preparation/use and data input. This fully air-conditioned lab is equipped with two functional areas. A microscope room, that permanently houses a variety of microscopes and a larger room, provided with several benches and seating areas for data analysis, areas for microscope use and chemical preparation. The laboratory is equipped with a wireless and cable internet access plus a basic range of scientific and analytical equipment which can be found listed below.
If you require specialized equipment for your research visit that is not listed below, loans of equipment can often be arranged. Three major science institutions, James Cook University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Great Barrier Reef Park Marine Authority are based in nearby Townsville. Thus a wealth of scientific resources including specialist expertise, libraries, laboratory facilities, collections and technical support is close at hand.
Additionally overseas visitors may bring scientific equipment into Australia duty-free, provided they take the equipment out of Australia when departing. This however does require advance documentation, without which duty may be charged and there are restrictions on the import and export of biological material.
Olympus BX41 (mx 1958)
Olympus BH2 High power photo (mx 594)
Olympus CH2 (mx 882)
Olympus CH (mx 421)
Laborlux 12 – Ernest Leitz Wetzlar (mx 565)
Olympus SZ61 with microscope Digital Camera Olympus DP70 (mx 2000)
Olympus SZ40 (mx 858) and (mx 913)
Olympus SD (mx 493); (mx 515); (mx 1446)
Olympus SD (mx 485) with big arm base
Wild Heerburgg M7 (mx 560/1)
Wild Heerburgg M8 (mx 611/1)
Olympus EMM-7 Photomicrography Exposure Meter
Olympus Photomicrography Apparatus
Fridge for the storage of specimens/samples/chemicals
Ultra Freezer Sanyo MDF-U33V (-86°C)
pH – mV – Temperature - LabChem pH – TPS
Balance semi-analytical digital - ADAM AFP- 720L (max 720g)
Dry Vaccum Pump/Compressor - WELCH Model 2511C-02
Nalgene PVC Hand-Operated Vacuum Pumps with Gauge
IKA Mini Shaker – MS1
LCD Portable Digi-Thermo
MEMMERT Sterilization Laboratory Oven
Light Meter with Memory
Centrifuge EPPENDORF 5702R
Grant W28 Thermostatic bath/ Circulator
Triple Beam balance (capacity 2610g)
A basic range of glassware/specimen containers is available for use including:
The Orpheus Island Research Station actively seeks volunteers to assist with station duties throughout the year. See our Volunteer Program webpage for further information.
Orpheus Island Research Station provides a range of excellent facilities to suit both research and educational groups.