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Shared analytical facilities and research resources

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Cutting-edge tools to understand our planet  

Shared analytical facilities in the school are labs that enable efficiencies of time, knowledge, and resources. They are school supported, funded, and staffed, and are shared by faculty, staff, and students across the university. The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability also maintains advanced computing facilities in Stanford's Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections.

Visit our shared analytical facilities

Many of our students and faculty start their examination of specimens in our comprehensive Earth Materials Preparation lab. Assessment and measurement resources are available in our collection of shared labs which offer everything from gas, liquid, and solid analyses to isotopic analysis for geochronology and deciphering (bio)geochemical processes.

  • Earth Materials Preparation Lab 
    Our lab provides guidance, access, and hands on training for rock preparation equipment and mineral separation techniques. Common usages include zircon, quartz, and feldspar separation; powdering samples for geochemical or isotopic analysis; and cutting rocks for thin sections or further analysis.
  • Geochronology Cluster
    High resolution trace element analysis and measurement in three ways:
    • SHRIMP-RG Lab: Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe - Reverse Geometry
    • Noble Gas Lab: Produces data for geochronologic & thermochronologic applications
    • Fission Track Thermochronolgy Lab: Provides data for reconstructing the time-temperature histories of rock samples in the Earth's upper crust
       
  • Microchemical Analysis Facility
    Uses State-of-the-art "SuperProbe" electron microprobe to measure the elemental compositions of solid samples, by detecting the X-rays emitted on excitation by a focused electron beam
  • SIGMA Lab (ICP-MS/TIMS Facility)
    Our facility for the analysis of isotopes and trace elements using mass spectrometry
  • Environmental Measurements Facility (EMF)
    Multiple types of state-of-the-art equipment to test and analyse solid, aqueous, and gaseous samples.
  • Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab 
    Provides analytical facilities and technical expertise to determine stable isotope ratios of a variety of organic and inorganic materials from both terrestrial and marine environments.

Take a look at our labs and facilities

More information

To utilize our Shared Analytical Labs, contact Alex Grande at agrande1@stanford.edu.

Research resources

Stanford Geospatial Center

Stace Maples teaching in the hive by Stacy Geiken

The Stanford Geospatial Center, housed in Branner library, offers workshops on fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data management, visualization tools, and spatial analysis.

Computing Resources

Wall of high power computers

Our students have access to a wide range of advanced computing facilities.

Branner Earth Sciences Library

Chief librarian Julie Sweetkind-Singer at table viewing maps

Resources cover geology, seismology, energy resources engineering, environmental science, and geophysics, as well as a map library and Geographic Information System (GIS) support services.