QRC Facilities


Life returns after a lava flow in Hawai'i
Plant life returns after a lava flow in Hawai'i

Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory

Contact: John Stone

Measuring cosmic-ray-produced 26Al, 10Be and 36Cl in rocks, soils, sediment and ice to date events that have modified the Earth’s surface and studying the responsible geomorphic processes. Dating Quaternary glaciation, studying erosion and sediment transport, and quantifying cosmogenic nuclide production.

Stable Isotope Laboratory

Contact: Eric J. Steig

Developing high-resolution climate records covering the last ten millennia, from ice cores in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, and Antarctica. Off-line and on-line preparation systems for D/H and 18O16O on water, 13C12C and on carbonates and organic materials, and 15N14N on nitrate and organics. Additional information, data, and other resources are available at the isolab web page.

Emeritus Minze Stuiver's 14C and 18O data produced by the Quaternary Isotope Laboratory (QIL) are still available on our Public Datasets page. Also available is the QIL radiocarbon calibration program: CALIB.

The Periglacial Laboratory

Contact:  Bernard Hallet

Studying processes that shape landscapes in alpine and polar regions. Cold rooms for precisely controlled experiments on soils and rocks as they freeze and thaw. Preparation rooms for staging field work and preparing instrumentation to study glacial and periglacial processes in diverse regions including Alaska, Antarctica, Greenland, and Patagonia.

Soil Geochemistry Lab

Contact:  Ron Sletten

Studying soil and water chemistry, including the role of natural organic matter in metal transport in soil and water. Examining surface processes and carbon dynamics in polar regions.

The Quaternary Ecology and Paleoecology Laboratories

Contact:  Pat Anderson

Detailed stratigraphic studies of plant and animal remains in Quaternary sediments. Extensive collection of modern reference pollen types from Asia and the Americas. Studies of fossil cladoceran remains, diatoms, seeds, and trace-metal geochemistry in lake sediments.

Remote Sensing and Planetary Sciences Laboratory

Contact:  Alan Gillespie

Theory and mapping of multispectral remote-sensing data as applied to the surface of Earth and other planetary bodies. Monitoring of anthropogenic change and natural hazards.


Contact:  David Montgomery

Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to explore and quantify geomorphology, and to support field campaigns. Spatial Data Engine, Internet Map Server, mammoth file server and web servers, and powerful student workstations.

Contact Information

Quaternary Research Center
University of Washington
Johnson Hall, Room 377A
Box 351360
Seattle, WA 98195-1360

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