Laboratory Equipment

Analytical equipment:

Wet lab for geochemical analyses and pollen preparation

  • Fume hood
  • Fisher Scientific Marathon 21000 centrifuge
  • High-intensity ultrasonic processor
  • Sink and sieving station
  • Micropore water purifier
  • Spectronic Genesys5 spectrophotometer
  • CHN analyzer
  • Laminar flow hood
  • Muffle furnace
  • Drying oven
  • Mettler Toledo scale
  • UIC CO2 coulometer
  • Bartington magnetic susceptibility meter (MS2C core logging sensor and MS2B cup sensor)
  • Lindberg/Blue waterbath
  • Savant Novalyphe NL500 freeze dryer
  • Isotemp vacuum oven and vacuum pump
  • Ortec Octete Plus Alpha spectrophotometer with eight ports [complete facilities for Pb-210 dating]

Microscopy and image analysis

  • 3 Nikon compound microscopes, one with dual eyepieces for teaching
  • 3 Nikon dissecting microscopes with phototubes
  • Digital camera mounted on phototube and image analysis software
  • Eppendorf micromanipulator (outfitted for isolation of individual pollen grains)


  • 3 PCs
  • 3 G3 Power Macintosh
  • HP LaserJet 4000N
  • HP OfficeJet color printer/copier/fax

Core archiving and processing:

  • Cold rooms maintained at 4°C
  • Core splitting tools
  • Precise 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 cm3 brass subsampling tools
  • Nikon Coolpix 3 megabit digital camera and lighted photography mount

Lake sediment coring equipment:

  • 2 Livingstone square-rod piston corers (5 cm diameter)
  • 3 Glew corers
  • Magnesium-zirconium drive rods (42 m)
  • Stainless steel casing in 1 m lengths
  • Electric hammer (mounts on rods for penetrating stiff sediment)
  • Rafts and portable plywood platform
  • "Frozen finger" freeze corer

Isotopic analyses:


Department of
Plant Biology

School of
Integrative Biology

Department of

Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

University of Illinois

updated 06/26/03