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Quarternary Laboratory

Multi-user facility for the whole Quaternary group equipped for basic sedimentological analysis, such as bulk density, loss-on-ignition (LOI), magnetic susceptibility, grain size analysis, smear slides, thin-section, and microfossil (diatoms and ostracodes) and macrofossil analysis. We are also able to perform chemical pre-treatments for diatom, pollen, ostracode, isotope and radiocarbon dating analyses.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Resources: 

Isotope and Radiocarbon Dating instrumentation, Sedimentological Analysis instrumentation

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Paleomagnetism Laboratory

Equipment designed to measure, create, and/or destroy magnetic fields in natural samples.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Laurie Brown

Location: 

Morrill Science Center

Resources: 

Molspin spinner magnetometer, Molspin Alternating Field Demagnetizer, Sapphire Susceptibility/AMS meter, Nikon Reflected Light Microscope

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Amino Acid Geochronology Lab

The Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory is set up to routinely analyze carbonate fossils using automated high pressure liquid chromatography. This analytical technique is fine tuned to optimize the resolution of L-isoleucine and and its diastereomer D-alloisoleucine. The ratio of all/Ile has been shown to be a reliable index of age and has been widely used for stratigraphic studies. Most of our experience at Umass is with the analysis of foraminifera and of marine and terrestrial mollusks.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette, Dr. Willam D. McCoy

Availability: 

Private

Research: