Laboratory Facilities and Equipment

Major equipment and facilities housed in the Department of Earth Science and routinely used by students in classes and research projects include the following:

Classroom Demonstration Equipment

Spinning Tank
HTC Vive VR Headsets
Stream Table
Analog Deformation Apparatus
Augmented Reality Sandbox (in progress)

Environmental - Hydrology Laboratory

Perkin-Elmer ICP-OES
Perkin-Elmer Microwave Digester
Rickly USGS Price-Pygmy and Price AA Current meters
Water and soil sample collection and preparation facilities

Field Sampling and Mapping Equipment

Hand augers
Tile Probe
Brunton Compasses
Garmin 64s handheld GNSS/GPS
iPads, GPS and cellular data capable


Geometrics GEODE Portable Seismograph
Iris Instruments SYSCAL Resistivity System
Bartington Instruments Magnetic Susceptibility Meter
Geometrics G-856 Magnetometer

Geospatial – Tectonic Processes Laboratory

Spectral Evolution RS-3500 Field Spectroradiometer
DJI Matrice 100 small UAS with Septentrio AsteRX-mUAS GNSS/GPS
Sensefly eBee RTK fixed-wing small UAS
DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 2, and Mavic Pro small UASs
Septentrio PolaRx5 GNSS/GPS receiver with Trimble Zephyr Geodetic 2 antenna reference station
Trimble R8 GNSS/GPS rover
Trimble GeoExplorer XH, handheld centimeter-edition GNSS/GPS
Trimble M3 Total Station
Four high performance workstations, each with 64-256 GB RAM, two to four GPUs

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory

Bruker portable/laboratory x-ray fluorescence (pXRF)
TESCAN VEGA 3 SEM, with EDS, CL capability (shared with Physics)
Set of Olympus CX-31 Petrographic Microscopes
Thin section preparation equipment


Isotope – Carbon Cycling Laboratory

Carbon Analyzer (TC/TOC/TIC), UIC CM150
Carbon-Hydrogen-Nitrogen-Sulfur-Oxygen Analyzer, Costech ECS 4010
Los Gatos Research Liquid Water Isotope Analyzer, with autosampler
Micromill, Electro Scientific Industries

Peper Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

24 dual-monitor workstations
Software includes ESRI ArcGIS, Trimble Business Center, Agisoft Photoscan, Modflow, Adobe CC, and Harris ENV