Life Science Mass Spectrometry Facility (Bristol)

Lead Research Organisation: NERC British Geological Survey

Abstract

The Bristol node of the NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility (LSMSF), is located in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol and comprises eight state-of-the-art mass spectrometers and associated instrumentation that are housed within the laboratories of the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU). The OGU is a subdivision of the Bristol Biogeochemistry Research Centre and has a record of more than 30 years of international research activity employing mass spectrometry as its principal analytical tool. The Facility provides a specialist service to members of the UK life sciences community providing the separation and mass spectrometric characterisation of complex mixtures of organic compounds found in biological and environmental materials. The strength of the Facility lies in its use of 'hyphenated techniques', i.e. GC/MS and HPLC/MS to resolve these mixtures ('fingerprint' distributions) and identify discrete molecular components (inferred from mass spectra). In addition and where appropriate, compound specific light stable isotope (C, H, N or O) mass spectrometry is also available thereby potentially providing a further stable isotopic dimension to the analysis of samples.

Publications

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Bull ID (2009) Identification of a disinterred grave by molecular and stable isotope analysis. in Science & justice : journal of the Forensic Science Society

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Cappellini E (2018) Ancient Biomolecules and Evolutionary Inference. in Annual review of biochemistry

 
Description 21st Annual Meeting of the British Organic Geochemical Society, Manchester, U.K., 6-7 July 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

This feature is now extremely well cited in numerous applications papers concerning paleo sea ice recinstruction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Agilent Technologies Environmental/Food GC-MS, LC-MS Users Meeting, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, U.K.  
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

This feature is now extremely well cited in numerous applications papers concerning paleo sea ice recinstruction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2008, San Francisco, USA, 15-19 December 2008 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

This feature is now extremely well cited in numerous applications papers concerning paleo sea ice recinstruction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description PAGES Workshop on Sea Ice Proxies, Cambridge, U.K., 22-24 July 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.


This feature is now extremely well cited in numerous applications papers concerning paleo sea ice recinstruction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description SIMSUG 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 'Isotopic analysis of groundwater ecosystem response to climatic and anthropogenic change'
Oral Presentation by Dr Alison Blythe
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SIMSUG 27th June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 'Multi-trophic role of the sponge Hyrtios erecta revealed by different bio-tracers'.
Oral Presentation by Yiu (Mike) Zhu at SIMSUG 27th June 2019 at University of Bristol
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 19th-European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association. Lund, Sweden 26-29/8/2014. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Acid Fast Club, Summer Meeting, Birmingham 3/7/2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Acid Fast Club. Dublin 4-5/7 2013. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence. 15/4/2013. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester 3/2/2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Major transitions in human evolution, The Royal Society, London 22-23/10/2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Oral Presentation - European Conference of Tropical Ecology on the project on the 27th of March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The role of invertebrates and micro-organisms in facilitating nutrient cycling in the canopy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oral presentation - The 30th meeting of the British Organic Geochemistry Society (BOGS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Oral presentation - Energy Pathways of coral reef-fish in the Maldives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oral presentation: IsoEcol Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Oral presentation - Estimating jellyfish trophic position using bulk and amino acid d15N reveal strong and repeated agreements between methods, but marked differences between jellyfish species and capture locations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Poster Presentation - The 30th meeting of the British Organic Geochemistry Society (BOGS) 12th-13th July, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The impact of biodiversity loss on C cycling and ecosystem function in tropical forests
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SIMSUG 2019 at University of Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 'Open natural microcosm study Ecosystem function in the tropical rainforest canopy'
Oral presentation by Dr Pete Maxfield
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stable Isotopes in Organic Remains Workshop., Southampton, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inclusion in workshop and presentation of data sparked questions and discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description         UKPN/APECS Arctic Marine Sciences Workshop 2009, Plymouth Marine Laboratories, Plymouth, UK 12-13 October 2009 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Workshop sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

This feature is now extremely well cited in numerous applications papers concerning paleo sea ice recinstruction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009