Physical Geography Research Lab

The Physical Geography Research Lab supports hands-on research by students and faculty. This modern wet lab provides the materials and facilities necessary for the physical, chemical, and biological analysis of soils and sediment cores. Students have access to up-to-date scientific instruments for the study of geologic and biotic specimens towards the investigation of past and present environments. The research facilities also includes a walk-in cold room for storage of sediment and biotic samples.

If you have any questions about use of equipment in the Physical Geography Research Lab, please contact Dr. Colin Belby or Dr. Joan Bunbury

Students Taking a Core Sample in 2006 Prairie Springs
Bottling a Core Sample in 2006 Prairie Springs
Dr. Bunbury Instructing a Student in 2006 Prairie Springs
Students Analyzing Data in 2006 Prairie Springs
Cold Storage in Prairie Springs
Cold Storage in Prairie Springs
Physical Geography Research Lab Equipment expanding section
  • Large capacity drying ovens (2)
  • Large capacity muffle furnace (2)
  • Fumehood for sample preparation and chemical analyses
  • SPEX SamplePrep Mixer/Mill 8000D
  • Thermo Scientific IEC CL10 centrifuge
  • In addition, the soils and paleoenvironmental labs have standard supplies for physical and chemical analyses, including: desktop computers, glassware, pipettes, pH meters, analytical balances, sieve sets, a sieve shaker, and a reciprocating shaker.
Hardware expanding section
  • Malvern Mastersizer 2000 laser diffraction particle size analyzer
  • Bruker TRACER III-V+ portable X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer 
  • Bartington  MS2 magnetic susceptibility meter with core logging sensors 
  • Genesys 10 UV-VIS spectrophotometer
  • Centrifuge Thermo Scientific Sorvall Biofuge Prima centrifuge
  • Nikon SMZ-1500 stereomicroscope with oblique illumination stand and fiber optic light source (0.75x to 11.25x zoom range)
  • Nikon Eclipse CiL phase contrast microscope with LED illumination (10x, 20x, 40x and 100x objectives)
  • Nikon DS-Fi2 color digital camera system
  • In addition, the department houses 12 Nikon Eclipse E100 compound microscopes (4x-100x objectives) and 12 Nikon SMZ-745 stereomicroscopes used mainly for teaching purposes, but when available, may be used for undergraduate research projects.
Software expanding section
  • Nikon NIS-Elements D
  • ArcGIS
  • SigmaPlot
  • Canoco
  • CorelDraw Graphics Suite