FHL facilities and resources are optimized for the successful research and studies of marine sciences, as well as of other academic disciplines. These facilities and resources include:

Facilities related policies

Facilities Use and Laboratory Fees

Researchers, Scholars, and Guests (see below) will be charged a Facilities Use Fee unless they are students or have a lab space (the charge for which covers the Facilities Use Fee).


During quiet periods on campus, we sometimes have extra housing units available to accommodate visitors who are not coming as Researchers or Whiteley Scholars, but as Guests of staff, researchers, scholars, or students at FHL. All such visitors will be charged the Guest rate and a Facilities Use Fee for their housing units.

Research and Teaching Laboratories

The research and teaching laboratories at FHL include eight one-story buildings of about 1,500 square feet each and three larger two-story research buildings. Running sea water free from metallic contamination is delivered to plexiglass aquaria and water tables through polyethylene or PVC pipes and fittings. Walk-in cold rooms, a microtechnique room, and a shop are available.

Analytical equipment for general use includes centrifuges, computers, scintillation counter, particle counter, a high performance liquid chromatograph, nucleotide sequencer, PCR thermocyclers and other equipment for molecular biology, spectrophotometers, culture chambers, fluorescence microscope, video equipment, scanning laser confocal microscope, and electrophysiological equipment. A scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope may be used by investigators who have or can obtain appropriate training.

Lab Equipment

Various lab equipment is available for common use. To use the following equipment, please contact the person listed below.

Item Contact Person (email)
Autoclave Billie Swalla
Boats Kristy Kull
Centennial (Research Vessel) Derek Smith
Chemical analysis (HPLC, etc.) Jack Bell, Michelle Herko
Computers and Video Dylan Crosby
Confocal Microscope, MRC-600 Billie Swalla
CT Scanner (Microphotonics Skyscan 1173) Adam Summers
Diving Pema Kitaeff
Flow Cytometer (Guava easyCyte HT) Emily Carrington, Kristy Kull
Flow Visualization Water Tunnel (RHRC 1520-H) Adam Summers, Emily Carrington
Flume: Vogel-LaBarbera Flume (<30 cm/s) Emily Carrington
Flume: High-speed Flume (0.5-4 m/s) Emily Carrington
Fluorometer in Lab 12  Billie Swalla
Imaging Room Microscopes Billie Swalla
MTS Material Property Tester Adam Summers
Molecular Analysis (Gels, etc.) Billie Swalla
Neurophysiology Equipment James Murray
Rapid Prototyper, Z-Corp Adam Summers
Scanning Electron Microscope and Critical Point Dryer Adam Summers
Spectrophotometer (Bio-Tek μQuant Universal Microplate) Billie Swalla
Transmission Electron Microscope Victoria Foe
Wind Tunnel Emily Carrington

Note that many more items not on this list may be available in the FHL Stockroom.

Housing Facilities

Housing for Faculty and Researchers

The following facilities with kitchens are available for rent to faculty and visiting scientists: twelve (studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom) apartments, twelve two-bedroom cottages, and eight (one- and two-bedroom) duplex units. Note that there is only a single three-bedroom unit on campus.

For graduate students pursuing independent study or working as research/teaching assistants, we have three Graduate Dorm buildings, each of which has five-six single bedrooms, two shared bathrooms, and a shared kitchen.

All units with kitchens include basic furniture and are equipped with major appliances, dishes, silverware, pots and pans. Units are assigned as available, with course instructors having high priority.

Housing for Enrolled Students

Students enrolled in FHL courses or research apprenticeships will be assigned to Standard (non-graduate) Dormitories or Huts, generally in double occupancy rooms. These units do not have kitchens, and during Spring, Summer and Autumn Quarters, residents must subscribe to Full Meal Plans at the Dining Hall.

Exterior Dorm A building

Shared restroom and shower facilities in two of the three dorm buildings serve residents of the nearby Huts as well as all the dorm rooms. Dorm rooms are mostly double occupancy with a few single occupancy; each room is furnished with beds (single regular length), dressers and desks. Ample lighting is provided. There is also space to store belongings.

Double-occupancy dorm room

Electrical appliances such as refrigerators, hot plates, microwaves and space heaters are not allowed in the dorm rooms. Small fans are permitted. For student use, a communal refrigerator is available behind Dorm B; a microwave is set up in the Dining Hall for student use.

The 15 Huts are small buildings, each approximately 125 square feet, furnished with one or two beds, a small desk, dresser, and electric heater. The Huts are a short walk from washrooms and toilets in the dorm buildings.

Hut Exterior

Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is located in the center of the campus. People in units with kitchens may choose to sign up for a full meal plan during their stay, or they can enjoy an occasional meal when desired. Please sign up at the Dining Hall one meal prior (earlier, if possible) in advance for occasional meals.

This week’s menu can be found here.

Reserve meals online at FHL meals. Please note we no longer have the clip board in the Dining Hall for reservations.

Meals are served at follows:

Breakfast 7:45-8:15 a.m.
Lunch (Mon-Sat) 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Brunch (Sunday) 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Dinner (Mon-Sat) 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Dinner (Sunday) 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Common-Use Computer Facilities and E-Mail

There are 30 iMac computers that can boot into Mac OSX or Windows 7. These are available for common use by students or researchers in three locations:

  • computer lab,
  • library and
  • lecture hall.

All of these computers have access to networked black-and-white postscript printers. All machines are equipped with CD/DVD burners. Flash drives and writeable DVDs and CDs can be purchased in our stockroom. Digital cameras, video projectors, and two scanners are also available. Some computers can perform video capture with available firewire or USB adapters.

Software installed on the common use computers include Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, web browsers and various analysis programs.

FHL is linked to the Internet via a fiber cable that goes through the main campus at the UW. All buildings including housing units have wireless access. Ethernet connections are available in nearly all lab buildings.

Local e-mail accounts are not provided. Visitors are encouraged to use web-based mail accounts through their parent institution, or a commercial provider such as gmail.

Technical support is provided by two part-time technicians who are available weekdays. Contact Alan Cairns for more information


Laundry facilities include coin washers, dryers, irons and ironing boards.

Because the laboratory grounds are a biological preserve, cats and dogs are not allowed. Those who wish to bring pets must seek housing off-campus or board their pets at local kennels.


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