College of Sciences

Facilities & Laboratories

The College of Sciences boasts a wide variety of facilities on and off campus that provide students with resources and environments necessary for academic success. The information below allows you to get better acquainted with the facilities and laboratories available to science students.

The department of physics and astronomy houses a number of facilities to support its teaching and research interests.

Ecophysiological Research Facility

The Ecophysiological Research Facility, a greenhouse facility, has a number of controlled environment areas for research. In addition to temperature-controlled areas for general research, the greenhouse has a separate area for elevated carbon dioxide studies.

Electron Microanalysis & Imaging Laboratory (EMiL)

The Electron Microanalysis & Imaging Laboratory is an analytical laboratory dedicated to the solution of problems using electron micro-beam techniques for clients in industry, government agencies, and academia. EMiL is capable of providing microanalysis and imaging services.

Elevated CO2 Desert Environment Facility (ECODEF)

The Elevated CO2 Desert Environment Facility contains elevated carbon dioxide treatment rooms mimic natural conditions as much as possible. Inside temperatures and light are close to the ambient conditions outside of the glasshouse building.

Environmental Soil Analysis Laboratory (EASL)

The Environmental Soil Analysis Laboratory is the only university soils laboratory in Nevada providing routine analyses of geologic materials, soils, plants, and water to the general public.

Genomics Core Facility

The Genomics Core Facility aids in the development and support of genomics-based research. It provides equipment and training for DNA microarray handling, Western blot/gel/microarray scanning, PCR amplification, and analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein samples. The facility is located in the Science and Engineering Building, Rooms 3122, 3123, and 3124.

Las Vegas Isotope Science Laboratory (LVIS)

The Las Vegas Isotope Science Laboratory is equipped for analyses of water and geologic and biologic samples for oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen stable isotopes. These stable isotopes are powerful tracers of natural processes, ranging widely from tracking of bird migrations to studies of trophic levels and paleoclimate.

Nevada Isotope Geochronology Laboratory (NIGL)

The Nevada Isotope Geochronology Laboratory offers facilities to conduct 40Ar/39Ar dating. The geoscience department operates mineral separation facilities. The department also has a hydrology research group that focuses on surface and groundwater modeling projects.

Science and Engineering Building (SEB)

The Science and Engineering Building, a state-of-the-art building, is a unique environment for interdisciplinary research and education on the UNLV campus. The building’s innovative design supports collaboration among faculty in the sciences, engineering, health sciences, and other university research units.

Wesley E. Niles Herbarium

Wesley E. Niles Herbarium is a collection of dried, pressed plant specimens mounted on archival-quality sheets of paper that are placed in folders and stored in cabinets. These specimens provide tangible documentation for the occurrence, distribution, and diversity of flowering plants, conifers, and mosses in the Southwestern desert regions of the United States, especially the Mojave Desert.

XRF/XRD Laboratory

XRF/XRD Laboratory under geoscience department has a PANalytical Axios Advanced sequential X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer for whole rock major and trace quantitative elemental analysis. It also has a PANalytical X’PERT Pro X-ray Difraction Spectrometer for mineral identification, and crystallographic and Reitveld analysis.

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