Faculty members, research staff, and students have access to various
scientific equipment and laboratories in other departments of the university.
Equipment used in this fashion includes mass spectrometers (Departments
of Physics and
magnetometer (Department of Physics), Inductively Coupled Plasma and Raman
Spectrometer (Department of Chemistry), a Transmission Electron Microscope
(Department of Biology),
and others. Graduate students in engineering geology have access to state-of-the-art
soil mechanics laboratory facilities in the Department of Civil
Engineering and to rock mechanics facilities in the Department of Mineral
Engineering. The Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences is also a member
of a group of departments which utilize the University of Alberta SLOWPOKE
reactor, used for instrumental neutron activation analysis for geochemical
In addition, the Alberta
Research Council in Edmonton, through their Adjunct Professors with
the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, make a variety of laboratories
available, e.g., a hydrothermal research laboratory for temperatures up
to about 450oC, including flow systems, static autoclaves, calorimeters,
a PVT laboratory, and analytical support services. The Alberta Research
Council also develops a number of geochemical computer programs for oil
and gas field calculations which may be of interest to graduate students.
Similarly, the Geological
Survey of Canada in Calgary may make certain equipment accessible, e.g.,
GC-MS and vitrinite reflectance microscopes, subject to special arrangements.
Many professors of the Department have individual connections to, and arrangements
with, laboratories at other universities, geological surveys, and industry,
that may be accessible for a graduate study project.