Department facilities include two teaching labs, research labs dedicated to soils, hydrogeology and dendrochronology and a 23 station computer lab. The department also houses the GeoData Center, the University's cutting edge GIS facility.
The Cartography Lab is located in Building 13, Room 221. The lab is designed to teach students the basics of maps, including map projections, datums, grid systems, map interpretations, elements of map design, and basic field mapping.
The GeoData Center houses the Geographic Information Science (GIS) Laboratory located on the third floor of building 13 (room 311). This brand new teaching and research facility is equipped with 32 high-end computer workstations, web and database servers, GPS and surveying instruments and large format printing. Users have access to industry-standard GeoSpatial software including ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, IDRISI Tiaga and other packages. For a full list of the facilities and services see the GeoData Center homepage.
Tree Ring Analysis & Interpretation Lab (T.R.A.I.L.)
The TRAIL is located in Building 13, Rooms 322 and 324. The lab is fully equipped for cutting-edge dendrochronological research, from field data collection to sample preparation to measurement and analysis. Co-Directed by Dr. Jason Ortegren and Dr. John Waldron, ongoing research projects in the TRAIL have diverse focal points, including forest ecology and succession, plant response to environmental change, and paleoclimatic reconstruction. The TRAIL also houses a video-microscopy system, ideal for demonstrating details of laboratory and analytical techniques in tree-ring science to groups of students.
The GeoScience Lab is located in Building 13, Room 214. the lab is the department's main teaching lab. It is equipped for hands-on experiments in geomorphology, geology, and soil science.
The Hydrogeology lab is located in Building 13, Room 221a. The lab is used for both teaching and research activities. The lab contains a chemical fume hood, chemical storage, and laboratory glassware and can be used for a variety of analyses related to environmental geochemistry. Laboratory experiments related to hydrogeology and geochemistry are performed in the lab.
The Map/Conference Room is located in Building 13, Room 202. This room stores our library of maps and aerial photography as well as a computer. The room is also used as a classroom. When not used for teaching, research, or meetings, the room functions as a study room.
Environmental Studies Computer Lab
The Environmental Studies Computer lab is located in Building 13, Room 216. The lab is equipped with 21 PC and 3 Macs. The lab is current available to assist professors in their classes.