University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geology



Delehanty Hall

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UVM's Trinity Campus
Delehanty Hall
180 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, Vermont


"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

Delehanty Hall

The Geology Department's most valuable facility is its homebase: the 40,000 square foot, Delehanty Hall, (renovated 2004) 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 informs and entertains.

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

The Melosira Lab

Geology undergraduate and graduate students working with Shelburne Bay sediment cores and water samples aboard the research R.V. Melosira.

Delehanty cosmogenic isotope lab

Gas extraction and trapping lines in the Environmental Stable Isotope Lab.



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