The Western Michigan University Department of Geosciences maintains the following facilities to support research and education.
Aqueous Biogeochemistry Laboratory
Asylum Lake Research and Training Site
The Asylum Lake Research and Training Site was developed by the Department of Geosciences at the Asylum Lake property for course work and advanced graduate study. Most of the geophysical tests, field work and training for the Hydrogeology Field Course is conducted at this site.
Carbonate Sedimentology Laboratory
The Carbonate Sedimentology Laboratory,directed by Dr. William Harrison, is located within the Michigan Geological Repository for research and Education. It comprises of high-end research materials and a student library.
Earth Science Remote Sensing Lab
The Earth Science Remote Sensing Lab is a state-of-the-art facility for geospatial and remote sensing research. This facility, under the supervision of Dr. Mohamed Sultan, has become a fast-growing learning center for researchers and visiting scientists. It includes:
- Image processing facilities
- Spectrometer, scanner and plotter
- Geospatial services provided to outside researchers and the general public
The Geotechnical Laboratory, housed in Haenicke Hall, is comprised of high-end research equipment for studying slope stability, study of soil moisture and engineering characterization of soil.
Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education
MGRRE, directed by Dr. William Harrison, is the most comprehensive archive of geological samples and data in the state of Michigan. The facility houses wells cuttings, oil and gas data, core analyses, mudlogs and thin sections. The repository focuses on student training, basic and applied research, continuing education and outreach programs in energy, natural resources and the environment.
Near-surface Geophysics Laboratory
Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum
The Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum is located on the first floor of Rood Hall and has an impressive display of rocks, minerals and fossils.