Happy to have a new instrument up and running in the laboratory. Our new Costech Elemental Analyzer – commonly called a CHN – is now up and running. This instrument (funded by an NSF MRI grant with co-PI Dr. Jennifer Funk) will allow our students to measure carbon and nitrogen in a variety of plant and soil samples. CHNs are real workhorses in ecosystem ecology and are great for gaining experience with standard curves and data management. Up first are leaf litter samples from Dr. Funk’s lab and salt marsh soil samples from my lab are on deck.