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Advanced Laser Technology for Atmospheric Research: ALTAiR

Advanced Laser Technology for Atmospheric Research

We develop and employ new and advanced optical technologies, including spectroscopic instruments for trace gas detection, and advanced algorithms for the next generation of ground-based and airborne atmospheric measurements. Working with atmospheric modelers, the ALTAiR group also uses the high-quality data thus obtained to further advance our understanding of atmospheric processes and chemical transformations.

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Bowman Lab

Bowman Lab

Research in the Bowman lab focuses on multiple areas of plant ecology, primarily on the interactions between plants and their resources, ranging from plant adaptations to low resource availability, to how plants influence soils and subsequently ecosystem function and biodiversity.

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Diatom Laboratory

Diatom Laboratory

The Diatom Laboratory contains 3 research-grade microscopes with the optics necessary for examining diatoms. It also contains the INSTAAR Diatom Collection, a set of several thousand glass microslides and archived material, primarily from arctic, alpine and Antarctic lakes and streams.

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Ecohydrology Laboratory

Ecohydrology Laboratory

This group investigates how vegetation processes affect water flow dynamics and pathways in soil and streams, and conversely, how water flow paths affect vegetation function in mountainous terrain, to improve our knowledge of how changes in land-use and climate will affect water resources and ecosystems.

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Glaciology Group

Glaciology Group

We study glaciers, ice sheets, sea level and snow cover, including topics in ice-flow dynamics and calving, sub-glacial and englacial hydrology, sea level change as controlled by the earth’s small glaciers, climate change and glacier mass balance, and heat exchange within snow packs.

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Laboratory for AMS Radiocarbon Preparation and Research (NSRL)

Laboratory for AMS Radiocarbon Preparation and Research (NSRL)

NSRL works in collaboration with AMS measurement facilities to provide state-of-the-art radiocarbon preparation and measurement services to the local University and Federal research community and pursues in-house research on applications of carbon-14 dating to climate change studies, calibration of the carbon-14 timescale, and the use of carbon-14 as a geochemical and geophysical tracer in the Earth system.

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Mountain Hydrology Group

Mountain Hydrology Group

This group studies the processes controlling hydrologic fluxes in cold regions and within the greater Earth system. Improved understanding of these processes is essential for sustainable management of natural resources and for making informed environmental policy decisions.

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Organic Geochemistry Group

Organic Geochemistry Group

The Organic Geochemistry Group studies the distribution, and chemical and stable isotope composition of organic molecules found in present-day and ancient environments to unravel the interplay between biology, biogeochemistry and climate.

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Suding Lab

Suding Lab

We are plant community ecologists working at the interface of ecosystem, landscape and population biology. Our goal is to apply cutting-edge science to the challenges of restoration, invasion, and environmental change.

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