Lab orientation


The SNARL lab remodel is complete. The newly designed work area boasts new lighting, heating, windows, cabinetry, flooring and paint. The library and small office spaces have been removed to provide a large easily accessible lab area consisting of 4 individual lab spaces (1002a-d).  Smaller, individual labs (1101-1103) are available as well as one environmental chamber (cold room). Assignment and billing is per laboratory space. The Layout can be seen on the following floor plan.

Some labs are assigned long-term to our resident research staff. These are currently labs 1003 and 1010. Others are held back for our short-term users. Users are permitted to request a particular lab space but in order to maximize lab use final assignment is at the discretion of the Director.
The equipment listed below has been designated for general use. We will need to know in advance of your visit what equipment you will require. If you require use of any equipment located in one of the permanent staff labs (1003 and 1010), please contact the researcher or one of their technicians to arrange scheduling. In addition, any equipment requiring long-term storage of samples (i.e. drying oven at specific temperature, incubator, etc.) should be booked in advance to avoid conflicts of use. Some equipment is standard lab issue (i.e. fume hood); others will require some instruction before use. If you do not fully understand how to operate a piece of equipment, please ask one of the permanent staff located in the lab or contact Kim Rose or Carol Blanchette in Headquarters.

Common Area Labs

Lab #1010 – Dr. Herbst Lab

Lab #1002

  • Eye wash and safety shower
  • Drying oven
  • Refrigerator/freezer
  • White Board with markers

Lab #1005

  • Fume Hood and waste storage
  • Water System
    • Milli-RO
    • Milli-Q
  • Analytical Balance
  • Abbot V-1100D spectrophotometer
  • Turner TD700 fluorometer
  • Vacuum Oven
  • Fisher Accumet pH meter Model 825 MP
    • Note: Bring own electrode
  • YSI Model 32 conductance meter
  • Vortex Mixer
  • PC – 353 Stirrer
  • Muffle Furnace

Lab #1007 

Lab #1100

  • Ultra cold freezer
  • Stand Up Freezer
  • Incubator

Lab #1101

  • Environmental Chamber
  • Drying oven

Lab #1102

  • Fume Hood and Waste Storage1

Lab #1103 – Dr. Knapp Lab

  • Water bath
  • Autoclave
  • Filtration system


  • Sample archives

Shop/Wood Shop

Various tools are available - Anyone wishing to use them must contact the maintenance supervisor for orientation and clearance.  Safety training must be completed and documentation signed before use of any tools in the shop.


1. Hazardous Waste: As the SNARL lab is on a septic system no chemicals are permitted to go down the drain. All hazardous chemical waste must be properly labeled and stored. Chemical waste containers are provided by SNARL and must be labeled with the details of the waste on the first day of use. This is both a legal requirement and for the safety of those disposing of the waste. Labels are located beside the Fume Hood and must be completely filled in. Storage is located in the cabinets directly under the Fume Hood. Waste is removed annually by Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) located at UCSB. To date, EH&S has been covering the costs of this removal, however if they decide to pass that cost onto SNARL, the cost will, in turn, be passed onto the user.

Not Supplied

You will be responsible for bringing your own:

  • Microscopes
  • Glassware
  • Consumables such as paper towels/chemwipes/pipettes
  • Chemicals (check before buying acids)
  • Sharpe's and other hazardous waste containers
  • Any equipment not noted above