Morphometric Laboratory

The morphometrics lab currently has four PC’s:

  1. A Dell Studio XPS 8100 with 64 bit Windows 7, an Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 GDDR5 video card.
  2. A Dell Optiplex GX620 with Windows XP, a 3GHz Pentium D processor, 1.9GB of RAM, and a 232GB hard drive.
  3. A Dell Optiplex 755 E4400 with Windows XP, a 2GHz processor, 1.9GB of RAM, and a 74.4GB hard drive.
  4. A Dell Optiplex GX260 with Windows XP, a 2.66GHz Pentium 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 74.4GB hard drive.

An HP Scanjet G4010 scanner and an HP LaserJet 2420dn printer are also available.


There is also a variety of equipment available for gathering both 2D and 3D morphometric data:

NextEngine 3D Scanner HD

Instructions

The NextEngine scanner is capable of scanning object up to the size of a football (and potentially larger objects of scanned in multiple segments) and outputting the 3D models in a variety of file formats.

NextEngine 3D Scanner HD

NextEngine scanner example #1  NextEngine scanner example #2

NextEngine scanner example #3  NextEngine scanner example #4

NextEngine scanner example #5  NextEngine scanner example #6

NextEngine scanner example #7

Microscribe G2X

Example lab exercise using the Microscribe

The Microscribe can take three dimensional X-Y-Z landmark coordinates as well as trace lines of curvature, taking measurements every two millimeters.  It is fully portable and able to be taken on planes as a carry-on.

Microscribe G2X sitting on a desk  X-Y-Z landmark coordinates graphic

Reflex Microscope

Example lab exercise using the Reflex Microscope

The Reflex Microscope is also for taking 3D measurements, but at a much smaller scale than the microscribe, such as on individual corallites or small mammal teeth.

Reflex Microscope on a desk next to a computer

Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera interfacing with a Wild M3B stereoscope and a Zeiss petrographic microscope

The digital camera can be attached to the stereoscope or the petrographic microscope to take images for 2D landmark acquisition in programs such as ImageJ.

A front view of the Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera interfacing with a Wild M3B stereoscope and a Zeiss petrographic microscope  A side view of Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera interfacing with a Wild M3B stereoscope and a Zeiss petrographic microscope

Leica Wild MZ8 stereo microscope

Leica Wild MZ8 stereo microscope