Facilities

The Geology program is supported by specialized labs for research in hydrogeology, hydrology, soil biogeochemistry, mineralogy, paleontology, paleoclimatology, sedimentology, paleolimnology, and paleo-oceanography.

Additional support is available through allied faculty in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography.

 

Dedicated Labs and Facilities

Paleontology Laboratories Collections (340)

Dr. Rodney Feldmann and Dr. Carrie Schweitzer manage the paleontology laboratories and collections of the Department of Geology. The Paleontology Collection is housed in McGilvrey Hall, Room 340. The collection consists of over 12,500 catalogued specimens, including a comparative collection of over 2,500 fossil decapod crustaceans. In addition, several hundred extant species of decapods, along with other invertebrates, are housed in the spirit collection. Other significant collections include a large collection of trace fossils from northeastern Ohio, and approximately 5,000 specimens in the teaching collection.

The microscopy and imaging facilities include a Leica DM EP polarizing microscope with phase contrast and darkfield illumination and a Z6 macroscope, both equipped with a Spotflex digital imaging system as well as several Wild M5 binocular scopes. A Nikon D3100 camera with an AF-S micro Nikkor 60 mm lens and copystand facilitate macrophotography.

The fossil preparatory laboratory contains a Leica MZ6 binocular microscope on a boom arm; two Murray Engineering Microjacks and a Chicago Pneumatic Airscribe; SS White Model-K Airbrasive unit; and an ultrasonic bath, Soiltest drying oven, and a fume hood.

The thin section laboratory contains a Highland Park trim saw, a Buehler Isomet Low Speed Saw, Leco VP-50 and VP160 precision lap wheels, a Hillquist thin section machine, a Shel Lab SVAC2E vacuum oven, and a portable vacuum chamber.

Sedimentology & Water Quality Lab (140)

Sedimentology & Water Quality labDr. Joseph Ortiz manages a Sediment Processing Lab in 140 McGilvrey Hall. The facility houses a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 Laser Particle Size Analyzer (with dedicated still), a Retch Camsizer Video Particle Size Analyzer, a walk-in refrigerator and chest freezer for sample storage, a high temperature oven and scale for bulk sample mass measurements.

Paleoclimate and Physical Properties Lab (334)

Paleoclimate & Physical Properties LabDr. Joseph Ortiz manages the Paleoclimate and Physical Properties and water quality Remote Sensing lab. This lab maintains instrumentation for analysis of water and sediment samples in the lab and the field for paleoclimate and remote sensing validation studies. For sediment and rock core analysis, the facility houses a Bartington MS2 magnetic susceptibility meter, a Bruker Tracer IV-SD hand-held XRF multi-element scanner. There are two Konica-Minolta UV/VIS CM2600d spectrophotometers for analysis of sediment lithology. There are also facilities for washing and sieving samples; a drying oven and four high powered dissecting microscopes for micropaleontology, and bench space for sample analysis and computers for instrument control and data processing. Two different instruments are available for automated grain size analysis, a Retch Camsizer for analysis of grains coarser than 32 um (medium sand size particles), and a Panalytical/Malvern Mastersizer 2000 for analysis of grains finer than 100um (coarse sand size). 

For water quality work, the lab includes a Panaltyical/Malvern ASD field spec HH2 Pro VNIR spectroradiometer, a Panaltyical/Malvern ASD field spec HH2 VNIR spectroradiometer, a bbe+ Fluoroprobe multichannel fluorometer and custom towing body for identification of multiple classes of algae and cyanobacteria, LISST-100x in situ Laser Particle Size analyzer and a Sontek Argonaut-XR ADV. A turner designs Trilogy fluorometer is available for measurement of nutrients, chlorophyll a and other plant pigments from water. The Panaltyical/Malvern ASD field spec HH2 Pro and HH2 are equipped with 10 degree foreoptics for field measurement of calibrated absolute surface reflectance, radiometrically calibrated RCR cosine theta receptors for field measurement of downwelling solar irradiance and the diffuse to global ratio, and high intensity/high bright contact probes for calibrated measurement of absolute reflectance of filtered water samples and powered sediment samples.  

Biogeochemical Oceanography and Soil Science (215, 217)

B.O.S.S. LabThe B.O.S.S. wet chemistry lab in McG 215 has a Sorvall Legend X1 centrifuge, drying ovens, a fume hood, an Orion expandable ion analyzer EA 920 bench top pH meter, Milli-Q Integral Water Purification System (EMD Millipore), analytical balance, and general laboratory supplies (pipettes, glassware). It will house a Sable Systems Field Metabolic System for high precision CO2and Ogas measurements.   

The B.O.S.S. experimental lab in 217 will house soil and sediment experiments and incubations. Sediment and soil processing equipment in 217 include a SPEX 8000M Mixer/Mill with tungsten carbide vials, a muffle furnace, and Humbolt sample splitter.  In addition, available field equipment includes educational Vernier probes (temperature, pH, ORP, DO, and GPS) and an environmental soil auger kit. Field-deployable sensors include one soil gas carbon dioxide probe (Vaisala), one soil gas oxygen probe (Apogee), three soil moisture/electrical conductivity/temperature probes (Decagon Devices, GS3), and a micrometeorological station (Decagon Devices).  

Analytical Geochemistry laboratories (338, 341)

Analytical Geochemistry labThe analytical lab in 341 McGilvrey will house an ICP-MS and a Thermo Scientific iCAP PRO XP ICP-OES for elemental analysis. It additionally will house a Thermo Scientific Delta Ray Isotope Ratio Infrared Spectrometer for carbon and oxygen isotope measurements, when it is not deployed in the field or at sea.

McGilvrey 338 houses a Shimadzu total organic carbon analyzer (TOC-L + SSM-5000A) for analysis of organic and inorganic carbon in solution and solid-phase; a Thermo Scientific Dionex ICS-2100 ion chromatography system; a Nicolet iS50 FT-IR Spectrometer with Attenuated Total Reflection; and a Shimadzu UV-1800 UV-Visible spectrophotometer. 

Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry (209)

Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry labThe Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry Lab in 209 managed by Dr. David Singer houses a Coy Labs Anaerobic Chamber, Millipore Water purification system (Milli-Q A10), Benchtop analytical chemical analyses (pH, dissolved oxygen), Nitrogen gas purging system, drying oven, and the Mineralogy and Geochemical Modeling software (Crystal Maker and The Geochemists Workbench). The group manages a Hitachi SEM and Rigaku XRD, which are shared resources. A Perkin-Elmer ICP-OES 8000, housed in Cunningham Hall is also available for use. It is co-owned and operated by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Geology.

Hydrogeology Research (231)

Hydrogeology Research labDr. Kuldeep Singh manages research facilities in hydrogeology. Groundwater monitoring equipment includes several Level-700 TROLLS with built-in data loggers to monitor pressure, depth, and temperature, and Level-200 TROLLS to monitor water quality parameters such as total dissolved solids, electrical conductivity, and temperature. Lab equipment includes Darcy tubes for conducting column experiments at ambient conditions. Extensive computational modeling hardware and software (e.g., Comsol Multiphysics, Matlab, and Avizo) are used for pore-scale to field-scale computational studies. Field and laboratory experiment collaborations with the Liquid Crystal Institute (i.e., application of Atomic Force Microscopy in combination with confocal laser microscopy and goniometers) assist in developing the theory of how geology contributes to fluid dynamics in porous media. 

Solid Phase Characterization Laboratory (139)

X Ray LabThis multi-user facility allows for full characterization of soil, sediment, and rock samples to determine bulk mineralogical and elemental composition, and grain and sub-grain-scale texture and morphology. The instrumentation includes: a Hitachi TM3030 Tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Bruker Quantax 70 Plus Energy Dispersive Spectrometer; Panalytical Epsilon 3XLE benchtop energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) spectrometer; and a Rigaku MiniFlex X-ray diffractometer (XRD) with PDXL software including the Whole Pattern Powder Fitting (WPPF) method, connected to the ICDD PDF-2 database. The XRD was purchased through NSF-EAR-IF grant #1658681.

Paleolimnology Lab (313, 315)

Dr. Alison J. Smith manages the Paleolimnology Lab, which houses a Virtis Freeze Dryer, two ultrasonic water baths, a freezer and refrigeration unit, as well as field equipment for lake coring and aquatic sediment and field sampling for water and isotope analysis. Sediment samples are processed for microfossils in this lab. In an adjoining room to this lab, microscopes and microfossil type collections are housed and used in microfossil identification and analysis.

Watershed Hydrology Lab (333)

Watershed hydrology labDr. Anne Jefferson manages the Watershed Hydrology Lab in MCG 333. The lab serves as a staging area for field research campaigns and subsequent sample storage and analysis. Field equipment housed within the lab includes three ISCO 6712 auto-samplers, with area-velocity flow modules; two Global Water stormwater samplers; a Marsh-McBirney flow meter; MasterFlex ES portable sampler peristaltic pump; YSI multi-parameter sondes; a Dynamax SM150 soil moisture probe; a Topcon ES total station, refrigerator for soil and water sample storage, drying oven, and many Hobo water level loggers, DO loggers, and temperature/specific conductance loggers. Sample preparation for analysis on the Picarro L-2130i water isotope analyzer also occurs int he lab. The lab also contains a workstation for hydrologic modeling, GIS and data analysis; laptop for interfacing with the various data loggers; and many tools for constructing field gear. 

Earth Processes Physical Modeling Laboratory (118)

Em River Stream TableThis laboratory contains analogue models for simulating earth surface and subsurface processes for research and teaching. The lab includes a 3 m Emriver stream table, 2 m Emriver stream table with wavemaker, a sandbox for scaled modelling of tectonic deformation, and an Armbruster flume, along with apparatuses for collecting photogrammetric, video, and direct physical measurements of surface topography and subsurface structures. The lab is also set up to sieve and store the media used in the models. The laboratory supports research by Dr. Anne Jefferson and Dr. Chris Rowan, and interactive demonstrations and laboratory exercises for How the Earth Works, Structural Geology, Tectonics and Orogeny, and special topics in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology.

Arc-Geo-chemistry Research (131B, 204A)

Geochemical Prep labDr. Jeremy Williams' research lab is dedicated primarily to geochemical applications in the fields of sedimentary geology and archaeology (however we also work with water, solids, and other geological and biological specimen). Our research facility includes a Geochemical Weighing lab (McG 204A) equipped with a microbalance (elemental combustion analysis) and a semi-microbalance (trace element analysis). The Geochemical Prep Laboratory (MCG 131B)  is equipped with Claisse LeNeo Fusion Fluxer, Carver pellet press, Spex Ball Mill and solid digestion setup for geological, biological, and water analysis. We also have a wet chemistry laboratory setup for degree of pyritization. Our instrumentation includes a Costech 4010 Elemental Analyzer for light elemental analysis: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur), Benchtop Epsilon 3XLE Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (major and minor elemental analysis), and a PerkinElmer Elan DRC II Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (trace elemental analysis). 

Additional Rock and Soil Equipment (134)

Dr. Abdul Shakoor manages the research facilities in engineering geology. Separate labs in soil mechanics and rock mechanics with specialized instrumentation include a uniaxial testing machine, a direct shear test apparatus, a triaxial test apparatus, equipment for measuring elastic constants, a consolidation test apparatus, a slake durability unit, and a Los Angeles abrasion machine.

Geology Research Instrumentation

  • Epsilion 3 XLE Benchtop Energy Dispersion X-Ray Fluorescence
  • Costech 4010 Elemental Analyzer (C.H.N.O.S)
  • Hitachi Benchtop Scanning Electron Microscope TM3030
  • Shimadzu UV-1800 UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Picarro L2130-i Analyzer (H2O)
  • Coy Laboratory Anaerobic Chamber
  • Millipore Direct Q-3 water purification system
  • Shimadzu TOC-L Total Organic Carbon Analyzer with SSM-5000A for solid samples
  • Cathodoluminescence microscope
  • Quantitative X-Ray Powder Diffraction Analysis: MiniFlex 6G 6th Generation Benchtop X-ray Diffractometer, with Diffracted Beam Monochromator for D/teX Ultra 0D mode and High Speed Detector, and PDXL Comprehensive Analysis Package
  • Minishot X-radiography machine
  • Perkin-Elmer ICP-OES 8000, housed in Cunningham Hall, co-owned and operated by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Geology. Contact David Costello (330) 672-2035, 017 Cunningham Hall, for more information.
  • Dionex ICS-2100 chromatography system
  • Bruker Tracer IV-SD hand-held XRF multi-element scanner
  • Minolta CM-2600d Spectrophotometer (2)
  • Bartington MS2 magnetic susceptibility meter
  • Hach Hydrolab DS5X Multiparameter Sonde capable of measuring temperature, pressure, conductivity, DO, pH, ORP, Turbidity, Chla, and Phycocyannin
  • Malvern Mastersizer 2000 Laser Particle Size analyzer (with dedicated still) (in USDA Certified Soils Lab)
  • Retch Camsizer Video Particle Size analyzer (in USDA Certified Soils Lab)
  • LISST-100x in situ Laser Particle Size analyzer
  • Mooring Systems Gimbaled ADCP benthic tripod for instrument deployment
  • AMS Custom 1 1/4 " diameter x 1 meter-long lined coring system with slide hammer and coring extensions capable of coring to 5 m depth
  • Hydrological sampling kit with plankton net, 0.5 m gravity core, and kick net benthic sampling net
  • Topcon Total Station ES
  • bbe+ Fluoroprobe multichannel fluorometer for identification of multiple classes of algae and cyanobacteria
  • Sonteck Argonaut-XR ADV
  • Turner Designs Trilogy fluorometer
  • Malvern/Panalytical ASD field spec HH2 Pro VNIR spectroradiometer
  • Malvern/Panalytical ASD field spec HH2 VNIR spectroradiometer
  • ISCO 6172 auto-samplers
  • Decagon micrometerological station
  • Teledyne ISCO 2150 Area Velocity Flow Meter
  • Teledyne ISCO 6712 Portable sampler
  • OHAUS Ranger 3000 
  • Mettler-Toledo XS64, max 61 g, d=0.1mg
  • Nicolet IS50 FT-IR Spectrometer
  • CR1000 Data Logger
  • Paleo Terra Redox Reference Probes
  • Paleo Terra Redox Probes
  • Em50 Data Logger for soil moisture probes
  • EC-5 ECH20 Meter Soil Moisture Probe
  • U20L-04 HOBO Water Level Logger
  • Pro 1020 YSI
  • GHB TDS&EC meter

General Laboratory and Field Equipment

  • three high-power binocular microscopes for foraminiferal taxonomy
  • reflected and transmitted light digital photography
  • dissecting microscopes with photomicroscopy
  • two freeze driers
  • low and high temperature ovens
  • shaker tables and washing sinks
  • walk-in refrigerator and chest freezers for sample storage
  • materials preparation lab for macro- and micropaleontological studies
  • prep facility for XRF and EA analysis
  • prep facility for trace element work for rock chemistry
  • prep facilities for paleomagnetic analysis, petrography, rock and thin-section preparation
  • pH- and DO-probes
  • Brunton compasses
  • Garmin eTrex GPS units
  • Garmin Monterra GPS units
  • LeNeo Fusion System
  • Santarious Microbalance
  • Spex Ball Mill
  • Carver Press System
  • Muffle Furnace (Loss on Ignition)
  • Level-700 TROLLS with built-in data loggers to monitor pressure, depth, and temperature
  • Level-200 TROLLS to monitor water quality parameters
  • Darcy tubes for column experiments

Software

  • ESRI ArcGIS (Kent State holds a campus-wide site license for a number of ESRI products, including ArcGIS and extensions, ArcView 3.3 and extensions, ArcGIS Engine, ArcIMS 91, ArcSDE 91, ArcPad 6 and others)
  • PCI Geomatica: remote sensing and image processing
  • IDL
  • RocScience: geotechnical analysis and design software
  • Helicon Focus Pro: image interpolation
  • SPSS: statistical analysis
  • Watershed Modeling System (WMS)
  • MDI JADE 9.5+ and Qual S/M with NIST ICSD database
  • SigmaPlot 12
  • Comsol Multiphysics
  • Matlab
  • Avizo