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History

As part of University of New Brunswick's Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI), the Stable Isotopes in Nature Laboratory (SINLAB) was established in June 1999 with funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).  Funds were used to purchase a Finnigan Delta Plus Mass spectrometer and Carlo Erba Elemental Analyzer (EA). This was the first continuous flow mass spectrometry (CFIRMS) laboratory in the Maritime Provinces. At this time, the lab generated both C and N isotope data.
 
In 2001, a second CFI grant was awarded in order to purchase a Finnigan Delta XP and Thermoquest Thermochemical Elemental Analyzer (TC/EA). This expanded the lab's capabilities to include hydrogen analysis. A larger lab was constructed and additional staff were hired.  With an increased demand for C&N isotope analysis in ecological studies, the lab expanded once again in 2007.  The CFI continued to support Dr. Cunjak’s Canada Research Chair by providing funds to purchase a Costech 4010 for C&N and Sulfur analysis.
 
Today, academic, private and government researchers from around the globe rely on the SINLAB for their isotope analyses.