Environmental Science Laboratory

Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
What the facility does

Research on soils and plants, including modern and fossil plants (paleobotany)

Areas of expertise

The environmental science laboratory has a range of analytical equipment available to determine the composition of soils, plant tissues, and water samples taken from the field. In addition, research on plant fossils (e.g. pollen and leaves) reconstructs ancient environments from Arctic and western Canada with a focus on Eocene and Pliocene epoch sites.

Research services

Analysis of samples of water, soils, plants, and fossil pollen and leaves (palynology / paleobotany)

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Specialized lab



Analytical suite

Leco TruSpec

Total N and Total C on solid samples



Total N, organic C, and total C on aqueous samples


Astoria segmented flow spectrophotometer

Ionic species in solution, including orthophosphate, nitrate, and ammonium


Varian ICP OES

Concentration in solution of a wide range of metals and other elements


BioTek cell plate spectrophotometer

Protein concentration

Microscopy suite

Olympus MVX10 stereo-microscope with digital image capture

Microscopic examination of hand samples, e.g. seeds, leaves. Epifluoresence + image analysis.


Olympus BX51 Microscope, compound microscope with digital image capture

Microscopic examination of plant tissues and pollen samples prepared and mounted on glass slides. Epifluoresence + image analysis.