Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology

The Heising-Simons Foundation Helps EPS Build A New Lab

Monday, December 11, 2017


A new geochemistry laboratory is taking shape on the fourth floor of McCone Hall.

Beginning in September of 2016, what was previously the machine shop in McCone has been transformed into a state-of-the-art isotope geochemistry laboratory for newly hired assistant professor Daniel Stolper.

A little over a year of hard work later, this renovation has culminated in the successful delivery of two mass spectrometers to McCone on December 2nd 2017.

One of the mass specs was too big for the 1960s elevators in McCone to handle. To get it into the lab, riggers were brought in to lift the 3000-pound mass spec onto the 4th floor balcony of McCone, where it was uncrated and then wheeled to the lab.

Daniel Stolper and graduate student Andrew Turner (along with a team of riggers and engineers) were present for the move, which went smoothly.

The mass specs are currently being set-up and will begin operation in early 2018.

They will be used in a variety of projects ranging from the study of global paleoclimate records, hydrothermal circulations in the earth’s crust, and biogeochemical cycles.

Critical support for these instruments and lab renovations was provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation.