Soils Research Laboratory
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
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
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
Soil Moisture Meters
Stream macroinvertebrate survey equipment
Messenger activated horizontal point water sampler
GPS-ready digital camera
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.
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.