Department of Geosciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Graduate Research Opportunities

Our Department is well-equipped to provide students with research opportunities in the areas of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Geophysics, Sedimentary rocks, Geochemistry, and Structural Geology and Tectonics.

We have research and computer facilities to support graduate students research activities of data acquisition and analysis. Below is a list of the research and computer facilities available to graduate students.

Research Facilities

  • JEOL JSM-T300 scanning electron microscope
  • Nuclide ELM-2B luminoscope with a Nikon Optiphot equipped with an automated photographic system
  • 2 research-quality Zeiss epi-fluorescence reflected light microscopes with a fluid inclusion stage and video monitor, photometer-indicator, and an automated photographic system
  • petrographic microscopes
  • rock preparation facilities, and machine shop
  • Network access to a variety of LINUX workstations, Macintosh, and PC computers
  • Parallel processing is done on 2 state of the art LINUX clusters with 10 64-bit processors, 42 32-bit processors, and 3 terabytes of disk.

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Subsurface Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Laboratory

Core viewing and subsurface data analysis lab.  A large-scale scanner for digitizing well log data is also available.

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Hydrology Laboratory

Field equipment for measuring ground and surface water flow and chemistry, including:

  • borehole bailers
  • electric water level meter
  • FlowProbe hand-held flow meter
  • Hach DREL 2010 Basic Water Quality Lab (field spectrophotometer, pH and salinity meters)
  • YSI-85 DO/salinity/conductivity meter.

Software for modeling water flow and transport, including:

  • general interfaces GMS and ArgusOne
  • Hydrus-2D (unsaturated flow and transport)
  • TOUGH2 and Tetrad (2-3D multiphase flow and transport), and many public-domain models.

Hardware and software for visualizing model results, including:

  • SGI O2 and Linux workstations
  • GoCAD
  • IBM DataExplorer software.
  • A Dionex DX-600 ion chromatograph, used to determine anions and cations in waters, Cl, F, and Br in rocks, in addition to As and Se speciation
  • Titration station, for alkalinity determinations.

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Remote Sensing Laboratory

Remote sensing research is carried out using:

  • 12 PCs
  • Sun Ultra workstations
  • color and black-and-white printers
  • HP 2500CP Plotter.

A wide range of remote sensing data sets are processed and interpreted, including:

  • orbital radar (SIR-C/X-SAR)
  • optical (Landsat TM and ETM+, SPOT, and ASTER) imagery.

We have extensive GIS (Geographic Information Systems) facilities including:

  • ESRI site license with ARC/INFO, ARC/VIEW, ARC/GIS and MAPINFO.

We have a GeoWall stereo projection system and 3D visualization and analysis packages such as:

  • GoCad
  • AutoCad
  • 3D Studio Max.

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Geophysics Facilities

Geophysical research is supported by:

  • 2 Scintrex CG-3M Gravimeters
  • Nikon theodolite and data collector
  • TOPCON GPT 2008 Total Station electronic distance meter and theodolite
  • 2 Laser Atlanta Advantage CI reflectorless laser rangefinders
  • 2 16 channel 4000 SSE Trimble dual frequency geodetic GPS receivers
  • 2 dual frequency 18 channel Leica 530 RTK GPS systems
  • Trimble GeoExplorer GPS system with GIS dictionary and post-processing capabilities
  • Landstar RACAL DGPS real time sub-meter GPS system, and GPS post-processing software including:
    • Leica SKI
    • Spectra Precision GeoGenius
    • Trimble GPSurvey
    • Trimble Pathfinder Office.
    • 2 Scintrex GRS Differential Scintillometers
  • Seismic and radar equipment include:
    • Bison 9048 48-channel floating point seismic acquisition system with Betsy, hammer, and explosive sources for shallow to deep exploration
    • pulse EKKO IV and 1000 ground penetrating radars.

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  • Updated: November 14, 2016