Learning Facilities and Labs

Teaching Laboratory: SL 085

The department has a dedicated teaching laboratory (SL 085) for teaching labs and advanced courses, as well as one conference room available for teaching advanced courses; all other courses are taught in classrooms throughout campus. The SL 085 classroom includes microscopes, rock, mineral, and fossil samples, and video projection equipment. Students in advanced courses, with permission, are granted access to this space for studying and completing assignments.


Computer Laboratory: SL 049

The department maintains an undergraduate computer lab (SL 049) with numerous computer stations that include advanced software used in geology. Geology majors and students enrolled in advanced geology courses, with permission, are granted access to this space for studying and completing assignments.

Additionally, the University maintains Student Technology Centers in classroom buildings across campus. Computer classrooms located throughout the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SL) building are used as needed.


Biogeochemistry Lab

This laboratory specializes in biogeochemical analysis of water, soil, and rocks for the purpose of determining past changes in earth processes as well as current impacts of humans on critical biogeochemical cycles. This laboratory is directed by Dr. Filippelli and covers over 1000 sq. feet and includes a separate ICP room.

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Paleoclimatology and Sedimentology Laboratory

Research conducted by the PSL primarily uses high-resolution lake sediment archives to address questions concerning Quaternary climate change as well as the interrelationships between people, ecosystems, landscapes and climate.

Methodologically, this research combines rigorous field-based investigations with quantitative multi-proxy analyses that integrate sedimentology, geochemistry (e.g., stable isotopes, elemental and organic geochemistry), geophysics, and modeling.

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Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry, The Gilhooly Lab

We use the stable isotopes of carbon (δ13C), nitrogen (δ15N), sulfur (δ33S and δ34S), and oxygen (δ18O) of modern and ancient sediments, in combination with various redox and provenance proxies to interpret biological signatures recorded in the sedimentary record.

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Antarctic Research

What some might envision as one of the coldest, starkest, loneliest places on earth is a scientific paradise to Kathy Licht, associate professor of geology at the School of Science at IUPUI.

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Planetary and Environmental Remote Sensing Lab

The faculty, staffs and students in the PERSL form an interdisciplinary research team to perform experimental, theoretical and applied remote sensing studies such as mapping planetary surface composition for investigating the origin and geological evolution of a planet, and conducting radiative transfer modeling to derive biochemical and biophysical parameters of vegetation, physical and compositional properties of soil and snow, and water quality parameters for inland waters.

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Ecohydrology Lab

The general research interests in my group are studying spatial and temporal patterns of water and nitrogen availability, how vegetation adapts to and affects such patterns, and how future climate/land use changes influence the vegetation-resource interactions in various environments especially the semi-arid and arid landscapes.

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