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Research Centers, Facilities and Equipment

Research Centers

Earth Science research centers enable faculty and their student teams to engage in ongoing interdisciplinary projects with partners across campus and the community

Center for Earth and Environmental Science

The Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) studies how pollution affects water systems, and how water resources affect human health. The Center's extensive research program examines current and emerging threats to central Indiana's water resources.

Visit the Center for Earth and Environmental Science site for more information.


  • Pamela Martin, Ph.D.


Center for Urban Health

The central theme of the Center for Urban Health is Environment, Community, and Health. The goal is to enhance health and sustainability for urban populations, with an eye toward both environmental legacies and emerging threats.

A number of critical human health issues are unique to cities. These include environmental legacies like contamination and exposure to harmful pollutants, urban community disparities stemming from both social and physical factors, inadequate access to quality health care due to safety and transportation realities, poor alignment of community resources and social structure to promote healthy lifestyles, and future threats including climate change impacts in cities.

The Center for Urban Health will promote discovery by building research collaborations, providing seed funds for new research areas, funding graduate fellowships, and sponsoring educational activities such as public lectures and a Visiting Scholars Program.

Learn more on the Center for Urban Health website.

Environmental Geochemistry and Health Core

Advanced geochemical measurement capability allows us to better understand how the environment influences human health, and in turn how human activities influence the environment. The Environmental Geochemistry and Health Core Facility utilizes a new high-sensitivity geochemical instrument (an ICP-OES with CIT detector) to measure elemental compositions in water, soils, rocks, and human and other biological samples. Research covers a range of topics, from childhood lead poisoning to Antarctica climate change records. This facility is used by faculty from the School of Science, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Engineering, and the Indiana University School of Medicine.


  • Gabriel Filippelli, Ph.D.

Major Departmental Instrumentation

Equipment Faculty
Geotek Multi-Sensor core logger  Broxton Bird
Picarro Water Isotope Analyzer  Broxton Bird
Aerodynamic Levitation Laser Furnace Catherine A. Macris
Piston Cylinder Apparatus Catherine A. Macris
Perkin-Elmer ICP-OES Gabriel Filippelli
Olympus Hand-held XRF Gabriel Filippelli  
Lead Care II blood lead analyzer Gabriel Filippelli
Shimadzu Scanning Spectrophotomer Gabriel Filippelli
Bruker D8 Discover X-Ray Diffractometer Greg Druschel
Dionex 1100 Ion Chromatograph Greg Druschel
Thermo UltiMate 3000 High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph Greg Druschel
DelsaNano HC Dynamic Light Scattering Particle sizer with pH titrator Greg Druschel
BioTek multiplate reader Greg Druschel
Olympus BH2 petrographic microscope and camera system Greg Druschel
DLK-70 potentiostats Greg Druschel
DLK-ISEA Potentiostat Greg Druschel
DeltaV Plus with EAIsoLink and TC/EA William P. Gilhooly III
MAT252 with GasBench II William P. Gilhooly III
Eltra Carbon Sulfur Analyzer William P. Gilhooly III
Zeiss EVO-10 Scanning Electron Microscope with Bruker 60mm^2 EDS detector Catherine A. Macris

Learning Facilities and Labs

Teaching Laboratory: SL 085

The department has a dedicated teaching laboratory (SL 085) for teaching labs and advanced courses, as well as one conference room available for teaching advanced courses; all other courses are taught in classrooms throughout campus. The SL 085 classroom includes microscopes, rock, mineral, and fossil samples, and video projection equipment. Students in advanced courses, with permission, are granted access to this space for studying and completing assignments.


Computer Laboratory: SL 049

The department maintains an undergraduate computer lab (SL 049) with numerous computer stations that include advanced software used in geology. Geology majors and students enrolled in advanced geology courses, with permission, are granted access to this space for studying and completing assignments.

Additionally, the University maintains Student Technology Centers in classroom buildings across campus. Computer classrooms located throughout the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SL) building are used as needed.


Biogeochemistry Lab 

This laboratory specializes in biogeochemical analysis of water, soil, and rocks for the purpose of determining past changes in earth processes as well as current impacts of humans on critical biogeochemical cycles. This laboratory is directed by Dr. Filippelli and covers over 1000 sq. feet and includes a separate ICP room.

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Paleoclimatology and Sedimentology Laboratory 

Research conducted by the PSL primarily uses high-resolution lake sediment archives to address questions concerning Quaternary climate change as well as the interrelationships between people, ecosystems, landscapes and climate. 

Methodologically, this research combines rigorous field-based investigations with quantitative multi-proxy analyses that integrate sedimentology, geochemistry (e.g., stable isotopes, elemental and organic geochemistry), geophysics, and modeling.

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Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry, The Gilhooly Lab 

We use the stable isotopes of carbon (d13C), nitrogen (d15N), sulfur (d33S and d34S), and oxygen (d18O) of modern and ancient sediments, in combination with various redox and provenance proxies to interpret biological signatures recorded in the sedimentary record.

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Antarctic Research

What some might envision as one of the coldest, starkest, loneliest places on earth is a scientific paradise to Kathy Licht, associate professor of geology at the School of Science at IUPUI.

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Planetary and Environmental Remote Sensing Lab 

The faculty, staffs and students in the PERSL form an interdisciplinary research team to perform experimental, theoretical and applied remote sensing studies such as mapping planetary surface composition for investigating the origin and geological evolution of a planet, and conducting radiative transfer modeling to derive biochemical and biophysical parameters of vegetation, physical and compositional properties of soil and snow, and water quality parameters for inland waters.

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Ecohydrology Lab 

The general research interests in my group are studying spatial and temporal patterns of water and nitrogen availability, how vegetation adapts to and affects such patterns, and how future climate/land use changes influence the vegetation-resource interactions in various environments especially the semi-arid and arid landscapes. 

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IUPUI Earth Sciences/CEES Department Vehicle Usage & Reservation Guidelines

Before you operate any university vehicle you must:

  1. Be authorized to operate any university vehicle
    Review the guidelines regarding vehicle usage and submit form on-line here.

    Students must contact ES Office Staff to request vehicle reservation at 4-7484 or 4-7206.  Once approved, reservation will be added to on-line calendar.

    Department Faculty/Staff may view/make on-line reservations by accessing your OneStart account, click on Department Vehicle Reserve, and then Calendar.

  2. Obtain the vehicle log book from office staff.  Log Book contains mileage log, keys and gas cards.  Be sure to record :
  • Start Date
  • Start Mileage
  • End Date
  • End Mileage
  • User/Purpose

Upon return:

  1. Fill gas tank if below 3/4 full
  2. Remove all trash, equipment, etc.
  3. Please return vehicle to front row of Blackford Street lot #83, 1st "A" spot closest to the SL building, and facing W. Michigan Street
  4. Please return log book to ES office staff after use, along with any gas receipts
  5. Report any mechanical issues to ES office staff immediately

PLEASE NOTE:  The Earth Sciences Department vehicle is to be used for university business only.  This includes class fieldtrips, research fieldwork, and transportation of equipment used by the department.  Any other uses must be approved by the department prior to use.

***Please check the vehicle mileage when you return from a trip and compare to the oil sticker on the windshield.  If car is within 500 miles of needing an oil change, contact Renata Lafler: rlafler@iupui.edu

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