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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Laboratories

All of the faculty of the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment are actively involved in research and scholarly activities. If you're interested in a particular faculty member's laboratory, you can access that information on their profile page.

Andean Geophysical Laboratory

Andean Geophysical Laboratory

The Andean Geophysical Laboratory (AGL) was founded in 1987 at the University of South Carolina to use geophysical methods to study the tectonic evolution of the Andean margin of South America. Director: James Kellogg

Lang Biogeochemistry Lab

Lang Biogeochemistry Lab

Research in the Lang lab is focused on what happens when water passes through the rocky subsurface of the ocean and continents. These environments can host unique microbial communities and influence global bioegeochemical cycles. Our principal approach is to characterize the concentrations and isotopic compositions of organic compounds. Developing new analytical techniques is, and will continue to be, central to moving this research forward. Director: Susan Lang.

Coastal Processes & Sediment Dynamics Lab

Coastal Processes & Sediment Dynamics (CPSD) Laboratory

Shoreline evolution; nearshore and beach processes; surf-zone and continental shelf sediment transport; wave-current interaction; sediment re-suspension; hydrodynamic and turbulence measurements in the field and laboratory; time-series analysis; tidal propagation in estuaries and lagoons; numerical model applications to coastal zone; operational oceanography; HFR Surface Radar measurements.Director: George Voulgaris

Marine Sediments Research Laboratory

Marine Sediments Research Laboratory

The Marine Sediment Lab's faculty, staff and students are presently involved with projects in the Cariaco Basin, the California Borderlands, the Gulf of Mexico, the eastern Equatorial Pacific and the Indonesian archipelago. One of the primary objectives of our research is the reconstruction of paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic conditions during the Neogene using deep sea sediments. Another area of research that we are involved in is quantifying the production and flux of sediments in the ocean through the use of sediment traps. In addition to measuring the production and flux of sediments, our sediment trapping projects also present us with the unique opportunity to contribute to the development and calibration of various climate proxies. Directors: Eric Tappa, Bob Thunell

Petrology-Geochemistry-Volcanology Laboratory

Petrology-Geochemistry-Volcanology

Our research combines geological field work with geochemical studies that focus primarily on the use of trace elements and isotopes to understand magmatic processes and their roll in the evolution of the Earth’s crust and mantle. Our interest is primarily in understanding how the geochemistry of island arc volcanic rocks is controlled by tectonic processes in different subduction settings. Director: Gene Yogodzinski 

Satellite Oceanography Laboratory

Satellite Oceanography Laboratory

Our lab trains undergraduate and graduate students, Post-doctoral Scholars and Visiting Scientists, and conducts research in Remote Sensing, Satellite Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, Ocean Dynamics, Air-Sea Interaction, Global Water Cycle, and Climate Change. Director: Subrahmanyam Bulusu

Tectonics and Sedimentation Laboratory

Tectonics and Sedimentation Laboratory

My students and I study the sedimentary record, which we use to better understand the evolution of tectonic plates, mountain belts, ocean circulation, climate and biogeography. We use sediment provenance, magnetostratigraphy, basin analysis, geochronology & thermochronology to meet these challenges. Director: David I. Barbeau, Jr.

 


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