The infrastructure of the RESEARCH CENTER IN SYSTEMS ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY of the University of Bucharest has a spatial distribution that ensures a great accessibility to different types of natural ecosystems and socio-ecological complexes and consists of research facilities located in Bucharest, Braila and Sinaia.
BUCHAREST RESEARCH CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE
Laboratories and other research spaces: #91-95 Splaiul Independentei, within the Faculty of Biology:
Primary processing laboratory;
Elemental analysis laboratory;
Gas chromatographic laboratory;
Physico-chemical analysis laboratory;
Biological samples analysis laboratory.
Research spaces and library: #1 Schitu Magureanu Str. (temporary closed for building rehabilitation).
Portable HACH spectrophotometer;
Perkin Elmer spectrophotometer;
UV-VIS / CECIL spectrophotometer;
Shimadzu Total Organic Carbon analyzer;
Varian Gas Chromatography system;
Vario EL III Element Analyzer;
OLYMPUS SZ 6045 Stereo Microscope.
Dacia Duster 4×4 SUV.
Portable GPS, Garmin GPSMAP 78S;
Night vision camera traps LTL 5310;
Leica binoculars UltraVid 10×50 HD;
Canon EOS 1DX photo camera;
Panasonic Toughbook, fully rugged laptop for in-situ data collection and analysis;
Trimble Yuma 2 Rugged Tablet Computer with enhanced GPS positional accuracy for field work and in-situ data analysis.
BRAILA RESEARCH CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE
As part of the RCSES, Braila research station is implementing research projects that investigate the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Lower Danube sector and contributes to knowledge development by supporting young researchers from Master and PhD research programs that are focused on environmental studies, providing them with the necessary research infrastructure.
Braila, Str. Ciprian Porumbescu #4
Initial preparation of samples;
Sorting of samples.
Li-Cor LI-8100A Automated Soil Gas Flux System with temperature and humidity sensors for CO2 flow measurements in soil. ( details)
VW Transporter T4 Karmann camper van that serves as a mobile laboratory for in situ sampling and preliminary data analysis.
SINAIA RESEARCH CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE
The Zoological Research Station Sinaia, located in Sinaia city, in the Cumpătu district, has been established by professor A. Popovici- Bâznoșeanu in 1922 for field activities of students in biology. It was the first academic and research institute in Romania benefiting from high ecosystems diversity of the Bucegi mountain region and the Prahova River basin (in natural conditions at that time).
The institutional development of the Zoological Research Station Sinaia had three phases:
- 1922-1951, without permanent staff, dedicated to accumulation of knowledge and data on mountain flora and fauna. Around 130 scientific papers have been published in national and international journals.
- 1951-1989, having permanent research staff, focused on knowledge development about the structure and dynamics of natural populations in relationship with abiotic and biotic factors. The results have been published in 386 original scientific papers.
- after 1989, when the research activity of the Zoological Research Station has been integrated in the research activities of RCSES, as part of the Department of Systems Ecology. Activities were carried out in different research projects together with other national partners (e.g. Forest Research and Management Institute) along Bucegi-Piatra Craiului, Neajlov and Brăila Islands LTSER sites.
The research infrastructure consists in laboratories for long term research in taxonomy and ecology, accommodations for biology students during field applications and the Conference Center suitable for organization of summer schools, team building and scientific conferences.