Soil Ecosystem and Water Dynamics Laboratory

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
What the facility does

Soil and water quality: physical and biogeochemical analyses.

Areas of expertise

Soil and plant carbon & nitrogen analysis; controlled environment growth chambers with CO2 control; soil microbial biomass carbon and nitrogen; ion chromatography

Research services

Soil and plant nitrogen and carbon analysis, soil microbial biomass carbon and nitrogen, plant growth and soil incubation in controlled environmental chambers with CO2 option, major ion concentrations in water.

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food

Specialized lab



Ecosystem Soil and Water Dynamics Laboratory

Costech Elemental Analyzer

Analysis of C & N in plant and soil


Conviron Environmental Growth Chambers with CO2 Control (2 units)

Growth of plants and incubation of soil under controlled humidity, temperature, light and CO2


Brinkmann Tuttnauer Autoclave



Sorvall RC-6 Centrifuge



Kinetica and Retsch Plant and Soil grinders



UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

Analysis of NH4, NO3 and P


Freeze dryer



Dionex ICS3000 Ion Chromatograph

Analyses of major ions in water

  • University of Guelph
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (Argentina)
  • Centre for Tropical Agriculture and Higher Education (Costa Rica)
  • Advanced BioRefinery
  • Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada



Soil Ecosystem Dynamics Laboratory

Biogeochemistry Lab