Department of Geology
UVM's Trinity Campus
180 Colchester Avenue
"Almost all the classes have a major field-based component with labs and projects, which is hard to do in most other subjects."
— Robert Zimmerman,
undergraduate student in geology
The Geology Department's most valuable facility is its homebase: the 40,000 square foot, newly renovated (summer 2004), Delehanty Hall, located on UVM's Trinity Campus. Geology faculty and students work and study in new classrooms, laboratories and office space after relocating from the Perkins Building.
The Perkins Geology Museum
The Perkins Geology Museum is located in Delehanty Hall on the Trinity Campus. Perkins houses many geological resources and strives to present geologic concepts and processes to students, scholars, and the interested public in a manner that both inform and entertain.
Hosting current programs, showcasing features of Vermont geology, and housing the skeletal remains of the Charlotte whale (whale remains found in Charlotte, Vermont), Perkins attracts visitors and provides a strong resource for students, geology buffs, kids and community members.
The museum is open to all, free of charge, and is handicap-accessible. The Perkins website also offers a gateway to the Perkins Digital Archive of rocks, minerals and fossils, as well as the digital Vermont Landscape Change Program.
Laboratories and Equipment
Cosmogenic Isotope Lab: Only a handful of cosmogenic isotope facilities exist in the country, and UVM is proud to have one of them. The measurement of cosmogenic nuclides has revolutionized the study of Earth surface processes. With the help of such laboratories, scientists can now accurately measure the age of landforms and the rate at which they change.
Environmental Stable Isotope Lab: This lab has become an essential tool in UVM research projects. Isotope analysis is becoming a standard tool for geologists, biologists, ecologists and all scientists studying elemental or material cycles in the environment as well as global climate and environmental change.
Limnogeology Lab: The department's Limnogeology Laboratory investigates lake sediments of various temporal and spatial scales in order to reconstruct environmental changes of the past. These include for instance climate change, catastrophic events or human impact. Understanding the variability and the thresholds of lake systems will help us predict their response to future climate and environmental changes.
Microbial Geochemistry Lab: This lab houses an array of both geochemical equipment and equipment used to characterize microbial populations from environmental samples. The combination of in situ voltammetric analyses and molecular microbiology to discern geochemical and microbial population shifts in time and space is critical for evaluating microbial activity and environmental physiology. This lab is used by students from geology, several other UVM departments, and has hosted students and faculty from several universities to use the equipment in studying the role microbes play in natural processes.
Teaching Well Field
Teaching Well Field: The University of Vermont has three monitoring well nests on campus. These nests are used by geohydrology, environmental geology, engineering geology and civil engineering classes throughout the year and offer access to realistic data including water levels, temperatures, conductivity, and more.
12 Nikon E200 polarizing microscopes
2 YS2-POL microscopes
1 Optiphot2-pol Nikon research microscope
4 Nikon microscopes
6 Bausch & Lomb binocular microscopes
New England laser survey system
Trimble data collector
Hydrolab Corporation multiprobe surveyor
Maine Technical Source dual frequency GPS
Departmental Computers and Imaging Equipment
Vidar map scanner
Fuhrman Diversified Inc. video system
Nikon slide scanner work station
18 station iMac PowerPC
2 station DELL PC
1 station Mac G4
2 station DELL PC
1 HP Designjet 500 PS plotter
1 Nikon D100 digital camera
VG Instruments Inc. spectrophotometer
Pro Vac Services automatic manifold
3 Microzone scientific fume hoods
CE Elantech Inc. nitrogen/carbon analyzer
ASC Scientific automated core analyzer
Pro Vac Services HD collector
Mountain mass spectrometry micro-volume trapping
Labconco freeze dry system
ULTIMA2C Jobin Yvon Horiba ICP-OES
ASC Scientific gamma attenuation
Dionex ICS-2500 IC W
Brinkmann STAT Titrino
HotPack environmental chamber
Fisher Scientific shatterbox
VG Isogas stable isotope mass spectrometer
DLK 60 Analytical Instrument electrochemical equipment
DLK-100A Analytical Instrument electrochemical equipment
1 Ion Chromatograph
Rock Preparation saws and polishers
Spex mix ball mill
4, 10-passenger vans
The Melosira research R.V.
Additional Analytical Facilities
The following are accessible to UVM faculty and students:
Scanning electron microscopy
Last modified November 17 2010 04:02 PM