Aerial shot of Passaic River Institute.

Facilities and Equipment

Montclair State houses over 50 teaching and research labs outfitted for biology, chemistry, geology, geochemistry, hydrology, ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, marine and aquatic biology, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Specialized facilities and equipment include:


  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) instrument
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) instrument
  • Greenhouse
  • Bioassay laboratory, with temperature/flow controlled aquaria
  • Capillary electrophoresis instrument
  • Temperature-controlled aquaria with associated plumbing
  • Hemocytometer for cell count
  • Scanning electron microscope with environmental chamber and XRF
  • Transmission electron microscope
  • Standard light microscopes; dissecting scopes
  • DNA sequencer
  • Infrared gas analyzer to measure gas exchange of plants
  • Pressure chamber to measure water status of plants
  • Scanners to measure leaf and root areas
  • FlowCam®
  • Algae incubator
  • Phase contrast microscope
  • Fluorescent microscope
  • Sedgewick rafter
  • Nannoplankton chamber
  • Microorganism cell counts
  • NanoDrop


  • Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS)
  • Inductively couple plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS)
  • Inductively couple plasma optical emissions spectrometer (ICP-OES)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) lab
  • IR/UV/Visible spectrometer
  • High performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Collections of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania rock and sediment samples
  • Fluorometer
  • Flow Injection Analyzer (FIA)


  • 3-D ground resistivity profiling device
  • Digital X-ray powder diffractometer
  • Digital ground penetrating radar
  • Standard field surveying equipment
  • Surface and down-hole resistivity logging equipment
  • Digital shallow seismic exploration equipment
  • Variable pressure scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray capability
  • Standard light microscopy
  • Bartington MS2 magnetic susceptibility bridge and assorted sensors
  • Geofyzika KLY4 Kabbabridge

Computer/GIS/Remote Sensing

  • Remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) computer labs for teaching (36 stations) and research, including ArcGIS and ERDAS software, large format plotter, flat-bed scanners, and large format, high-resolution drum scanner.
  • Computer aided design (CAD) lab
  • Hyperspectral radiometer
  • Statistical and graphic software
  • Groundwater modeling software (FEFLOW and GMS)
  • Videoconferencing equipment

Field-testing equipment

  • YSI multi-parameter sonde
  • CyanoFluor™ Handheld HAB Indicator
  • Ekman dredge
  • Van Dorn sampler
  • Dip net
  • Kick net
  • Water velocity meter
  • Hess sampler
  • Fish net
  • Minnow trap


  • Digital, still and video cameras
  • Soil and water sampling and field-testing equipment
  • Trimble Navigation global positioning systems (GPS) and hand-held GPS units