Equipment and Facilities
Laboratory
Greenhouse and workshop
Library and Herbarium
Meteorological Station
Databases

Laboratory

The laboratory at Las Cruces provides 140m2 of non-air conditioned workspace for students and researchers, with bench space that can be assigned to researchers as needed. Contact the lab manager and resident biologist for further details (see email below).

The laboratory is furnished with basic equipment and instrumentation to support most teaching and research needs. These include balances, microscopes (dissecting & compound), public use computers, refrigerators and freezers, hotplates and ovens, standard glassware, a leaf area meter, distilled water, and a variety of field equipment and other commonly needed lab supplies. A list of the current inventory can be provided to prospective researchers and course coordinators upon request (contact the Resident Biologist: rodolfo.quiros @ tropicalstudies.org).

Scientists and students are welcome to use these facilities with the understanding that they provide their own reagents and expendables, they are familiar and comfortable using the equipment, and individuals or coordinators are prepared to assume the cost of any loss or damage caused by improper use. Researchers are encouraged to help finance more specialized equipment and we are always open to suggestions for improving lab supplies.

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Greenhouse and workshop

The greenhouses, tools shed, potting rooms, workshop, and other facilities are primarily for use by garden maintenance staff but can be made available to researchers upon request.

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Library and Herbarium

The present library provides students and researchers with an excellent selection of reference books that are continually being augmented (more than 1100 titles), and volumes for a number of main journals. Contact the Resident Biologist for specifics.

The Luis Diego Gomez herbarium was launched in June 2006 with the objective of creating a comprehensive collection of all species at Las Cruces and surrounding areas, and the online digital herbarium was launched in March 2009 (www.ots.ac.cr/herbarium). The digital herbarium is available to all interested parties whereas the physical reference collection is available for use by researchers only and by appointment with the Resident Biologist. A collecting protocol ( PDF document 31.5 kb ) for submitting specimens to the herbarium is also available.

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Meteorological Station

A Campbell Scientific meteorological station was installed at Las Cruces in August 2008. The weather station conforms to world meteorological standards (WMO) and records a number of variables including: rainfall, maximum and minimum temperature, evapotranspiration, wind speed and direction, solar radiation, UV index, barometric pressure, and percent humidity. All parameters are recorded every 15 minutes and uploaded in realtime to the OTS website (www.ots.ac.cr/meteoro). Historical data for Las Cruces and surrounding areas is also available on the web.

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Databases

The Las Cruces GIS lab has more than 500 layers which include hundreds of aerial photographs and satellite images dating back to 1947. These images are available to all prospective Las Cruces researchers and an inventory of layers is listed on the OTS website (Las Cruces Biological Station Geographic Information Systems). The GIS lab also has 2 GPS units, compasses, clinometers, and tape measures available for researcher use.

Records for the living collections at the garden as well as species lists of trees, birds, mammals, and amphibians are available from the Las Cruces website (Species List). A regularly updated list of research projects undertaken at Las Cruces is also available, and a comprehensive list of all publications to date is available on the OTS library website. A regularly updated list of research projects undertaken at Las Cruces is also available as are meteorological data. A comprehensive list of all publications to date is available on the OTS library website.

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Last Updated ( 10/15/09 )