Analytical Lab

Supporting the Research Community


The MSI Analytical Laboratory is a facility established in 1977 that performs chemical analysis in support of the research community.

Rockfish swimming in kelp forest
Katie Davis Koehn

The services offered include Seawater nutrients and Elemental (CHN) analysis. Simultaneous determination of the carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen content in solid materials. The MSI Analytical Lab will prepare samples for analysis including weighing and loading samples into tin capsules. Analysis of seawater samples for dissolved inorganic nutrients. We also have methodologies for analysis of other aqueous samples, such as fresh waters, estuarine waters, ground waters, and neutralized digests.


Ken Marchus
Lab Manager


Analytical Lab
Bldg 520 Rm 1011
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Mailing Address

Analytical Lab
Marine Science Institute
Bldg 520 Rm 4002
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Ca 93106


Monday through Friday 6:00am-3:00pm
The lab is closed on all UCSB administrative holidays.

Holidays 2024

New Year Holiday January 1 & 2, 2024
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 15
President's Day February 19
Cesar Chavez Holiday March 29
Memorial Day May 27
Juneteenth June 19
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day September 2
Veteran's Day November 10
Thanksgiving November 23 & 24
Winter Holiday December 25 & 26
Winter Curtailment December 27 & 28
New Year Holiday December 29 –  January 2, 2025