David J. Burdige

Professor and Eminent Scholar, Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Old Dominion University


Dr. Burdige has ~1,400 ft2 of lab space in four laboratories in a lab complex in the Oceanography/Physics Building on the ODU campus. In addition to the major equipment listed below, these labs contain standard laboratory equipment such as balances, drying ovens, a muffle furnace, vacuum pumps, pH meters, O2 microelectrodes and optodes (and associated meters and spectrophotometers), a heating/refrigerated cooling bath, several peristaltic pumps, assorted glassware, etc. The Oceanography/Physics Building also has 4 walk-in constant temperature rooms capable of maintaining temperatures from 2 – 30°C

Major equipment in these lab includes:

  • an Ace Glass UV Photo-oxidation system;
  • a FluoroMax-2 scanning excitation-emission spectrofluorometer, plus fiber optics solid sample attachment;
  • an HP 8453E diode array UV-Vis spectrophotometer with a sipper cell attachment, and 5 cm path-length cells (open and flow-through);
  • a dual pump Rainin HPLC with a Shimadzu RF-530 fluorescence detector;
  • a Dionex ICS-5000 ion chromatograph with a gradient pump, electrochemical detector, eluent regenerator and autosampler;
  • a flow injection analysis system containing two Rainin HPLC pumps and a Dionex conductivity detector (CDM-II), capable of DIC or ammonium analyses;
  • a Coy anaerobic chamber;
  • a high speed bench-top refrigerated centrifuge with a sea-going gimble stand;
  • a UIC model CM5014 CO2 coulometer with acidification and gas sparging module;
  • a Brinkmann Metrohm 785 DMP Titrino automated titrator;
  • a Shimadzu TOC-V with TNM-1 module, for the determination of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen (DOC and DON);
  • a Shimadzu GC-8AIF gas chromatograph with FID and methanizer.

The Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences also possesses the following field equipment:

  • the 55 foot coastal research vessel R/V Fay Slover;
  • several small boats and motors; a spade box corer;
  • an Ocean Instruments MC 400 Multi-corer (the small, “lake/shelf” corer capable of collecting 4 cores per deployment).

Shop facilities for the construction of field equipment are readily available on campus. A full-time marine and electronics technician is employed by the department for equipment repair and maintenance.