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