Davis laboratories

The Davis Science Building
Adélie penguin at the base of the Davis science building steps. (Photo: Alyce Hancock)
The LIDAR Beam exiting the Davis LIDAR buildingDavis SPAZ building for storage of scientific field equipment

The science laboratories at Davis include an upper atmosphere physics laboratory, a dedicated space (known as SPAZ) for loading/unloading and storage of field science equipment and a general science building consisting of:

  • 3 general laboratories
  • Microscope room
  • Preparation room
  • Radiation laboratory
  • 'Smelly' laboratory, for penguin, seal work etc.
  • 'Wet' laboratory
  • Dark room
  • Office spaces (18 desks)
  • Tea room facilities 
  • Hazardous chemical storage facility
The laboratories are connected to station services, have hot and cold running water, facilities to pipe gases into most rooms and a central vacuum system. They contain:
  • Millipore 'Integral' water purification unit,
  • Fume cupboards
  • Laminar flow
  • Temperature/light programmable culture cabinets
  • Fridge & freezer storage capacity
  • Ovens & muffle furnace
  • Microscopes
  • Centrifuges
  • Autoclave
  • Walk-in temperature programmable culture room
  • Analytical & bench top balances
  • pH / conductivity meters
  • Vortex mixers

The following equipment is also available for use at Davis upon request:

  • Flow Cytometers (FacScan; FacScalibur)
  • Flow Cam (Fluid Imaging)
  • Water baths 
  • Suspension mixers
  • Automatic titrators

Download a detailed list of laboratory equipment [PDF] owned by the Australian Antarctic Division that is available for loan.