Paleobiogeochemistry Laboratory

The Paleobiogeochemistry Laboratory is operated by Dr Alison Olcott. The laboratory is equipped with standard equipment for organic extractions. This includes a Mars Express microwave-assisted solvent extraction system capable of organic solvent extractions and acid digestions, and a Biotage blow-down evaporating system that can handle small 2 mL GC vials, as well as 40 and 60 mL large vials. Additionally, the lab is equipped with a ThermoFinnigan Trace gas chromatograph-DSQ quadrupole mass spectrometer with a thermal couple detector, a flame ionizing detector, and two different direct insertion probes all which allow for the identification and quantification of organic compounds. Additionally, this lab possesses an Olympus BX51 petrographic microscope with 10X, 40X, 60X, and 100X oil immersion objectives. This microscope is equipped for both reflective and transmitted microscopy, and is interfaced with a computer.

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
Complete the online form to be considered for the scholarship award.