Welcome to the Biogeochemistry Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Geosciences!

Current research in the Biogeochemistry Laboratory spans a number of disciplines and includes projects aimed at understanding the physical and biochemical composition of depositional and diagenetic environments, projects addressing fundamental questions of carbon cycling over large scales of time and space, projects addressing outstanding questions in paleoclimate and paleoceanography, and projects focusing on the development of organic geochemical proxies for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. To learn more about current research click here.

The Biogeochemistry Laboratory currently consists of a ~1700 square foot shared sample preparation and analytical laboratory under the direction of Dr. Steve Petsch and Dr. Isla Castañeda.

Major research equipment includes gas chromatographs (GC), a GC-mass spectrometer (GC-MS), a GC-isotope ratio monitoring mass spectrometer (GC-irMS) and a high performance liquid chromatograph -mass spectrometer (HPLC-MS). To learn more about the instrumentation in the Biogeochemistry laboratory click here.