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Research and Analytical Facilities

The Integrated Laboratories for Earth and Planetary Sciences (ILEPS) occupy over 5,000 square feet of space on several floors of Hogan Hall and serve the specific analytical needs of Professors Axford, Beddows, Blair, Hurtgen,  A. Jacobsen, Jacobson, Osburn, and Sageman and their research groups (including postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers), as well as the entire department’s needs for sample storage, preparation, and study. Designed to foster interdisciplinary research, the facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories for sedimentary geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, Quaternary sediment analysis, organic geochemistry, stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS), radiogenic isotope geochemistry (TIMS), geobiology and microbial culturing, and high-pressure, high-temperature mineral physics, along with a comprehensive rock and core preparation facility.

Among our labs, the stable isotope facility offers commercial analytical services for external users. Analysis types and corresponding prices can be found here.

Computational Research in Earth and Planetary Sciences (CREPS) is distributed over a departmental computing cluster, a laboratory of desktop computers, and access to the university’s high-performance computing cluster, Quest. These computational facilities have been used for climate science, seismology, mineral physics, theoretical geochemistry, and planetary science.

Our researchers also have access to Professor Blair’s Carbon Biogeochemistry Laboratory, located in the Technological Institute. 

overview of lab space