IsoLab provides students with the opportunity to conduct customized directed research on paleo and modern environmental questions. Students gain hands-on training in all aspects of sample preparation and analysis from “A to Z,” producing high-quality isotopic data from rock, water or ice samples collected in the field. Reconstructing past environmental conditions from such samples often requires both coarse sample cutting and grinding tools and fine scale sampling equipment, including a micromill designed to recover sample powder collected from very precise locations within a sample (e.g., a single monthly growth ring of a shell). Refurbished in early 2015 with funding from the Student Technology Fee (STF), our micromill has reliably been used by numerous graduate and undergraduate students to sample rocks and shells for high precision paleoclimate research.
This instrument is ready and available for use. Please contact Andy Schauer for more information.