Fluorescent Microscopy/Hyperspectral Imaging Facility
The imaging laboratory consists of novel and advanced fluorescence stereo and dipping
microscopes each supported by a computer and extensive software designed to manage
the data output.
The MVX-10 macroscope enhances our ability to capture brightfield and fluorescent
images (both static and video) of live corals and the symbiotic and parasitic animals
associated with them.
The custom outfitted Olympus BX51 is equipped with a PARISS (Prism and Reflector
Imaging Spectroscopy System) advanced hyper-spectral imaging device that simultaneously
collects wavelengths between 300nm and 900nm. The system consists of an imaging
spectrometer coupled to a CCD camera that can capture spectral signatures from the
inherent auto-fluorescence of corals.
The dipping objectives range from 2X-40X in
magnification and provide close-up views of live coral specimen enhancing collection
of fluorescent emission spectra from specific coral morphological features. The
spectral data is used in both diagnostics and discovery research.
Both systems are tied to battery back-up devices and the laboratory is maintained
at constant temperature and low-humidity.