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Soils Research Laboratory

by Bowen, Mark W last modified Sep 04, 2014 02:44 PM

A variety of equipment is available to collect soil samples and conduct landscape descriptions in field settings. In the laboratory, equipment is available to analyze basic soil properties using either discreet soil samples or soil cores and prepare samples for analysis at external labs.

Location: Sage Hall 4456

Hours: M-F 9:00-5:00 or by special request


Equipment available within the Soils Research Laboratory

Field equipment

Bucket auger Soil in the field totalstation2



A variety of bucket augers and extensions are available including mud, sand, and regular augers in 3.25" and 2.25"

Multi-stage soil core sampler: 2" diameter available in 12", 24", and 36" lengths

Backsaver soil sampler with extensions

Turf profiler

We also have available several shovels, spades, trowels, etc.

Surveyor's level, tripod, and rod

Sokkia Cygnus total station, tripod, and survey prism and rod

Abney level

Soil Thermometers

Soil Moisture Meters

Stream macroinvertebrate survey equipment

Messenger activated horizontal point water sampler

GPS units 

GPS-ready digital camera



Laboratory equipment


Soils lab 1 Soils lab 3

Konica-Minolta CM-700D spectrophotometer

VWR Gravity Convection Oven

MS2b Magnetic susceptibility sensor

MS3 Magnetic susceptibility meter

Thermo Scientific 1100C Muffle furnace and crucibles

Portable pH meter

Benchtop pH meter

Handheld pH pens

Handheld conductivity pen

Analytical precision balance


A set of more than 25 8" sieves ranging in size from 6 mm to 45 um

Meinzer II Sieve Shaker


Stirring hot plate

Mortars and pestles

Agate mortar and pestle

Munsell soil color charts


Misc. glassware including a variety of beakers, erlenmeyer flasks, and graduated cylinders 

Misc. probes, tweezers, spatulas, stirring rods, etc.

Deionized water

Soil core racks

Imhoff cone with stand

A variety of storage containers

A nearly complete set of county-level soil surveys for the State of Wisconsin


Additional equipment is also available within the Environmental and Paleoecology Laboratories in Department of Geography and Urban Planning including a fume hood, chemical storage, microscopes, cold storage, and an MS2C Magnetic Susceptibility core logging system.

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by Bowen, Mark W last modified Sep 04, 2014 02:44 PM