Research Facilities


QuikChem Flow Injection Analysis – part of the ARLC laboratory facilities used for analyses such as total nitrogen.

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The Atlantic Research & Learning Center (ARLC) provides comprehensive and state-of-the-art facilities that offer scholars, scientists, and educators the resources needed to conduct research within the Cape Cod National Seashore (CACO). ARLC laboratory and field support facilities are co-located with NPS scientists at the North Atlantic Coastal Laboratory in North Truro, Massachusetts. The ARLC offers a variety of services and support to facilitate research including:

  • Housing for visiting researchers
  • Laboratory and desk space
  • Field equipment
  • Analytical services
  • GIS and long-term ecosystem monitoring data
  • Collaboration with CACO scientists
  • Presentation and discussion classroom
  • Lecture auditorium
  • The Charles S. Davidson Memorial Library
  • Opportunities for science communication to students, the general public, and other resource managers

Atlantic Research & Learning Center laboratory.

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Analytical Facilities
The recently renovated ARLC laboratory is equipped with an array of sophisticated analytical equipment. Researchers have access to instruments capable of performing a number of analyses relevant to the geological, hydrological, and biological sciences. The ARLC laboratory is located at the Highlands Center, and a stones throw from the North Atlantic Coastal Laboratory. Below is a partial list of analytical equipment available at the ARLC for researchers to utilize:

  • QuikChem Flow Injection Analysis - 8500 Series, Eluent Pump (Lachat Instruments), XYZ AutoSampler (Lachat Instruments);
  • SmartChem Discrete Analyzer (Westco Scientific Instruments);
  • Jenway 6305 spectrophotometer;
  • Denver Instrument Model 250 pH/conductivity meter;
  • Metrohm 775 Dosimat (Auto-titrator);
  • Tutthauer Brinkmann 2540E Autoclave;
  • Turner Designs trilogy fluorometer;
  • Mettler Toledo MX5 (micro-balance)
  • CE Elantech EA Flash-1112 Elemental Analyzer
  • Fume hoods, freezers, refrigerators, distiller.

The common area of the Deane House; one of three researcher houses located at CACO.

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Researcher Housing
Researcher housing is available at several locations throughout Cape Cod National Seashore. A number of houses, once destination homes, comprise the researcher housing at CACO. All houses contain full bathrooms, full kitchens, and spacious sleeping quarters. Several of these houses offer outstanding panoramas of Cape Cod landscapes. Availability of housing for visiting researchers is subject to the discretion of the National Park Service Housing Program, for a fee of $10-$15 per night.

Visiting Researcher Housing

The living room at the Benz House

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If you would like to inquire about visiting researcher housing, please fill out the following form and send it to the e-mail address listed in the document:

Visiting Researcher Housing Request Form


The ARLC multi-purpose room is filled to capacity with academics, NPS scientists, students, and members of the public for the 2011 Science in the Seashore Research Conference.

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ARC Multipurpose Room
This recently renovated, spacious, facility is equipped with all the necessary materials for meetings or lectures. New furniture, office and storage space, and a modest kitchen facility highlight this space. Audio and video equipment is available upon request. The classroom offers a comfortable, clean, and modern setting for scientific exchange and public address within steps of the Atlantic Ocean. The multipurpose room can accommodate up to 50 people at one time. The multipurpose room is located on the grounds of the Highland Center in North Truro, Massachusetts.

Charles S. Davidson Memorial Library

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Charles S. Davidson Memorial Library
Located at the North Atlantic Coastal Laboratory, the Charles S. Davidson Memorial Library offers researchers a fantastic space in which to read, write or present scientific findings. The quiet space offers access to a voluminous collection of scientific journals and publications all of which can be searched via an electronic catalog. Audio video equipment is available upon request. PC and kitchen facilities are available to researchers as well.

North Atlantic Coastal Laboratory.

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North Atlantic Coastal Laboratory
The facilities and the expertise found at the North Atlantic Coastal Laboratory (NACL) have proven indispensable to past researchers. The "biolab," as it is commonly referred to, serves as a resource to outside researchers in many different respects. Office space, computer access, laboratory space, and equipment are just a few ways by which the NACL can assist in forwarding research taking place within CACO. An experienced and knowledgeable team of resource scientists is the true strength of the lab. Insight and strong relationships are critical to any scientific endeavor. The staff at the NACL is available to provide critical technical and logistical insight to research taking place at CACO.

For more information about analytical laboratory facilities at the ARLC please contact:

Krista Lee
Chemist / Lab Manager
508-487-3262 x 0505
508-487-7153 fax

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For more information or questions pertaining to the Atlantic Research & Learning Center at CACO please contact:

Megan Tyrrell, Ph.D.
CACO Research & Monitoring Coordinator
508-487-3262 x 0510
508-487-7153 fax

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