ERIE Research Facilities

Field Sites:

Elton Creek: ERIE trainees have access to a stream restoration site in Freedom, New York, about an hour and a half drive south of UB.  This site is home to an active gravel mining facility, and the creek flowing through the site, Elton Creek, is already slated for stream restoration projects.  The owner and operator of this site is Lafarge North America, and they are actively supportive of ERIE involvement, providing full access to the site, previous data collected at the site, and support for data collection. Click here for the Elton Creek restoration collaboration fact sheet.

West Seneca Oxbow: The West Seneca oxbow field site was used by the 2009 ERIE Ecosystem Restoration Practicum course. They investigated the 28-acre oxbow wetland's potential for habitat and hydrologic restoration. ERIE trainees developed a watershed plan for the site. Click here for more information on the project.


Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFML) Laboratory: The EFML contains a 20-m long, 0.7 m wide recirculating, tilting flume and can be used for testing applications under two-dimensional flow conditions.  There are multiple controls for flow in the flume, including pump motor speed, valve opening, and head and tail gates.  Flowrate is measured with an orifice meter.  The flume sides are plexiglass to facilitate viewing, installation and instrumentation of different test conditions. 

Geomorphology Laboratory using the Rainfall Erosion Facility (REF): The REF has three components: (1) a large soil box (flume) with adjustable slope and base level; (2) a rainfall simulator capable of delivering rates of 30 to 150 mm hr-1 at or near terminal velocity; and (3) state-of-the-art digital imaging hardware for producing very high resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) of the evolving bed surface.  For more information on the REF, click here.

Figure A.  REF, Geomorphology Laboratory at the University at Buffalo (photo courtesy of Dr. Sean Bennett, University at Buffalo).

Jarvis Laboratories (Environmental Engineering):Research labs in the environmental engineering department may be used by environmental engineering and ERIE students performing research experiments. Students may be assigned space in Jarvis 210 or 217.  Jarvis 209 is primarily used for data analysis. In order to use these laboratories you must meet all certification requirements, upon which you will be assigned a laboratory ID card. For more information on using Jarvis Labs, click here.

Department of Chemisty Facilities: The Department of Chemistry within ERIE has their own research facilties, for more information see the Department of Chemistry's Facilities Webpage.

Additional Laboratory Capability:
In addition to the flumes, laboratories at UB are equipped with the instrumentation needed to analyze field measurements, including Shimadzu TOC-V and TNM-1 analyzers with autosampler for aqueous total organic carbon (TOC) and nitrogen analysis.