Centers, Labs, & Resources

Research laboratories

The IU Paleontology Collection is formal public trust research repository for fossil material. Its 1.3 million specimens document past research projects and serve as a resource for new synthetic research on stratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, geochemistry, and the biotic effects of climate change for researchers at Indiana University and in the international scientific community.

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Our department has a set of rooms dedicated to optical microscopy and photo-imaging. Research-grade polarizing microscopes allow examination of whole thin sections at the scale of 1 to 1, scaled to magnifications 40X.

Analytical laboratories + resources

Analytical Geochemistry Laboratory (MSBII 453) is a department facility that is dedicated to the inorganic geochemistry of geologic materials (water, sediments and soils, and rock).

The mineralogy facilities at IU consist of several laboratories including an X-ray diffraction laboratory, a thermal analysis laboratory, and a clay mineral and sample preparation laboratory.

The Stable Isotope Research Facility (SIRF) in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences houses four isotope ratio mass spectrometers dedicated to analysis of H, C, N, O, and S.

Learn more about SIRF

Chusi Li

Our CAMECA SX-50 Electron Microprobe is for research and teaching activities in geochemistry, petrology and geochronology.

Juergen Schieber

SEM-ESEM Lab. FEI Quanta 400 FEG (field emission environmental scanning electron microscope). Access to the nanometer realm, chemical characterization, crystal structure, grain orientation, high resolution color cathodoluminescence. No coating needed, can image moist materials, microbes survive study under the beam. NSF funded.