If you’re doing research on Lake Erie or its flora and fauna, Stone Laboratory’s setting in the Western Basin provides an ideal location for work throughout the year. Go out on the lake, hop nearby islands, or break it down in the lab — our equipment and facilities are available for your use.
Three research vessels are available for rent at $150 an hour, including captains. Grants are often available to offset this cost.
R/V Gibraltar III
A 42’ aluminum trawler, research vessel for open lake sampling and trawling.
A 37’ trap-net style vessel for open lake sampling and trawling.
R/V Erie Monitor Almar
A 25’ aluminum vessel with enclosed cabin. Ideal for long distance sampling, SCUBA, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), and miscellaneous sampling of Western Basin.
R/V Buckeye I Boston Whaler
Fast boat for transport between islands and light sampling work
Field Equipment List
The Stone Lab classroom building and the former state fish hatchery on South Bass Island include a variety of equipment, including:
- Two Remotely Operated Vehicles
- Dive equipment
- Flow-through aquaria with lake water
- Chemistry glassware
- Flow CAM
- Fluorometer, 96-well plate reader, spectophotometer
- Freezer space of -20C and -80C
- 2 light and temp controlled incubation chambers
- Two underwater cameras
- Wire tagger
- Telemetry gear
- YSI EXO-2 Water-quality sondes
- A variety of nets and benthic sampling equipment
- Researchers are encouraged to bring any other specialized equipment they might need.