Stable Isotope Analytical Facility

NIWA's state of the art Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) facility supports our research and commercial analyses, providing tailor-made solutions for various environmental and atmospheric questions. Our purpose-built facility houses high precision Thermo Fisher Scientific (MAT252, MAT253 and Delta V Plus) and Isoprime mass spectrometers, equipped with peripheral devices capable of analysing carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and sulphur isotopes in air, water, organic and inorganic samples.

Our stable isotope facility staff specialise in methods developments and novel technological advances. We encourage research collaboration with our colleagues and clients, and aim to work together as a team to facilitate the best project outcomes. We are happy to provide advice and assistance with projects from conception to publication, and recommend contacting the relevant staff listed in the table below to address research and analytical queries.

Stable Isotope Analytical Laboratory - NIWA. [Photo: Dave Allen, NIWA]

Research areas

Our analytical facility generates isotope data which supports numerous research areas, which link into the following National Centres within NIWA: Aquaculture; Climate, Atmosphere & Hazards; Coasts and Oceans; Fisheries; Freshwater & Estuaries.

Radio interview: Isotopes reveal where marine animals travel

RNZ Our changing world interview with NIWA scientist Brittany Graham dicussing how stable isotope anlysis can unravel the secret lives of some of the ocean’s largest creatures – from sharks and dolphins, to seals and sea lions.
5 April 2018

Contacts

We provide competitive rates for commercial analysis of stable isotope samples and are enthusiastic about research collaboration. For information, including enquiries relating to collaborative research or commercial analyses, contact:

  • For atmospheric studies contact Gordon Brailsford, Ph. +64 4 386 0393.
  • For environmental studies contact Sarah Bury, Ph. +64 4 386 0347.

 

Our stable isotope facility staff specialise in methods developments and novel technological advances. We encourage research collaboration with our colleagues and clients, and aimi to work together as a team to facilitate the best project outcomes. We are happy to provide advice and assistance with projects from conception to publication, and recommend contacting the relevant staff listed in the table below to address research and analytical queries.