Research Facilities

The Department of Earth and Environmental Studies (EAES) is housed in the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS), a 107,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in Summer 2015. EAES facilities include a wide array of major analytical equipment, including:

  • Inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer and optical emission spectrometer
  • Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer
  • High performance liquid chromatograph
  • UV/VIS spectrophotometer
  • CHNS analyzer
  • Total organic carbon and nitrogen analyzer
  • Ion Chromatograph
  • Gamma detector
  • X-ray powder diffractometer
  • Malvern Zetasizer for nanoparticle, colloid and protein size measurement.
  • Malvern Mastersizer laser particle size analyzer for 0.2-2000 micron particles
  • Reflected and transmitted light microcopes
  • Spinner Magnetometer, alternating field and thermal demagnetizers
  • Kappabridge
  • Vibrating Sample Magnetometer
  • Greenhouse facility
  • Interdisciplinary Computational Research Laboratory
  • Remote Sensing Lab
  • 24-seat computer laboratory for data processing, statistics, hydrologic and earth systems modeling, and GIS and Remote Sensing activities. Software installed includes ArcGIS, Leica Geosystems' ERDAS Imagine Professional image processing/GIS package, ImageJ, GMS, Matlab by Mathworks, Google Earth, and Statistics software packages such as SPSS and JMP.
  • Geophysical equipment including a ground penetrating radar system and electrical resistivity, magnetic, and seismic profiling systems
  • Field equipment including a digital flow meter for streams, pressure sensors, automatic water samples, and a GPS total station.

The Department of Biology is housed in Science Hall and the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences. Biology facilities include:

  • PCRs
  • Bioassay laboratory, with temperature/flow controlled aquaria
  • Capillary electrophoresis instrument
  • Temperature-controlled Aquaria with associated plumbing
  • Hemocytometer for cell count
  • Standard light microscopes; dissecting scopes
  • DNA sequencer
  • Infra-red gas analyzer to measure gas exchange of plants
  • Pressure chamber to measure water status of plants
  • Scanners to measure leaf and root areas

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is housed in Richardson Hall, and the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences. Major research instrumentation includes:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • High performance liquid chromatograph
  • Fast protein liquid chromatography
  • Fluorescent plate readers
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometers
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
  • Electrophoresis equipment

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory is located in the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences. Instrumentation includes:

  • Hitachi S3400N Scanning Electron Microscope with Bruker LN2-free x-ray microanalysis system
  • Hitachi 7500H Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Nikon C2 Plus Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM)
  • Angstrom AA5000 Multi-Function Scanning Probe Microscope
  • Leica EM UC7 ultramicrotome
  • Denton Desk IV turbo sputter coaters for metal and carbon coating
  • Ancillary equipment for specimen preparation and embedding

Additional research facilities overseen by participating faculty are housed in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Department of Computer Science in Richardson Hall.