Facilities and Equipment
We maintain an extensive suite of computer, analytical and exploratory equipment for use by faculty and students. Departmental labs and equipment include everything from a scanning electron microscope (SEM) that analyzes the composition, surface geometry and other characteristics of minerals and microfossils, to a remotely operated submarine that investigates the interactions between sediment, ice and water at the ends of tidewater glaciers and beneath floating ice shelves.
We also have instructional labs for introductory geology, paleontology/stratigraphy and mineralogy, petrology and structural geology as well as a computer lab for instructional and geology student general use.
Some of our equipment is considered part of a regional pool. Investigators with legitimate research needs are invited to contact the department to learn what arrangements are necessary to use our facilities in their work. Contact us for more information.