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Laboratories

Find out more about the TRIES laboratories and what they offer by clicking on the icons below.


Lotus flower icon Analytical Laboratory

Mission

Our mission is to collaboratively advance and promote scholarly science research activities among University faculty and students; promote quality environmental testing and monitoring services; and promote interactive and practical experience with laboratory instrumentation for educational advancement.

Operations

The TRIES Analytical Laboratory provides non-profit quality analytical services and method development to the academic community at Sam Houston State University, local communities with "Outreach and Extension" services, and contractual analytical analyses for industrial, commercial, and municipal clientele. We are guided in operations by safety, data integrity and laboratory ethics, quality, and service, and continually strive to build and strengthen collaborative relationships.

Contact

Lab Manager: Rachelle Smith
Operations Manager: Jessy Stone

Lotus flower icon Animal and Plant Diagnostic Laboratory

Mission

The TRIES Animal and Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary animal and plant health and pest diagnostic center. The Laboratory specializes in the diagnostics of animal diseases, specifically those of parasitic origin that may have established through the movement of invasive insects and global climate change while the Plant Pathology Laboratory, diagnoses plant health and pest-related problems (including soil/cyst nematodes). Our simple goal is to provide a timely diagnosis of the problem and appropriate recommendations of control. This laboratory also serves as a training center for undergraduate and graduate students within the SHSU community and across the state of Texas.

Contact

Lab Manager: Autumn Smith

Graduation Cap on stack of books icon Diagnostic Laboratory for Human Health

Mission

Our mission is to collaboratively advance and promote scholarly science research activities among university faculty and students; promote quality molecular testing services.

Operations

The TRIES Diagnostics Laboratory for Human Health is a non-profit serving Sam Houston State University research community. Our services and instruments are as comprehensive and accessible as possible to increase faculty, staff, and student research productivity, in addition to researchers from other institutions and local communities. We are a CLIA certified laboratory, guided in operations by safety, data integrity and laboratory ethics, quality, and service, and continually strive to build and strengthen collaborative relationships.

Contact

Lab Manager: Alexandra Herrera Martinez

Feedback bubble icon Invertebrate Research Laboratory

Mission

Our mission is to bring invertebrate research services out of the lab and to the people.

Operations

The TRIES Invertebrate Research Laboratory provides invertebrate research and identification services to the local community, as well as industrial, commercial, state and government clientele. We strive to build and strengthen collaborative relationships, data retrieval, and method development, while prioritizing safety and excellence in the field and laboratory.

Contact

Lab Manager: Kylee Kleiner

What is TRIES?

The Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES) is a research facility dedicated to the pursuit and dissemination of scientific discovery through innovative research and to the growth of unique educational opportunities for both faculty and students at Sam Houston State University. The Institute hosts and supports leading researchers in environmental science and provides expertise and an awareness of current environmental issues to serve both the public and scientific communities.


The History of TRIES

The history of TRIES began in 1991 with congressional funding directed by Charles Nesbitt Wilson (Democratic U.S. Representative from the Texas Second Congressional District) to the state universities of Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin. At that time TRIES was named a Regional Institute and was created to meet the growing need for environmental education and awareness. Today TRIES is an internationally recognized Research Institute and holds true to its original mission in providing research expertise and the resources needed for addressing current environmental issues and helping to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.