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Research Facilities

LeGo (Landscape Geodynamics) Lab

In the LeGo Lab Dr. Nahid Gani and her students explore complex interplay among tectonics, climate, and incision to address grand challenges of how earth-systems feedback plays critical role in landscape deformation and evolution. The interconnectedness of her research focus to the earth system feedback is to investigate the spatial and temporal controls of tectonics as a potential driver for environmental changes. Her research team also investigates earth surface dynamics, processes, deformation and evolution, including deep-time climate and paleoecological changes. LeGo Lab primarily utilizes rock records by integrating low-temperature thermochronology, structural modeling, field studies, and quantitative geomorphology from GIS and remote sensing data. The LeGo Lab is equipped with a complete suite of rock sample preparation, heavy mineral separation, and computational facilities for quantitative geomorphology, structure and tectonic modeling. This lab has Leica 3D M165 C with a Leica EC 3 camera stereoscopic scope for mineral picking, analysis including thin section petrography; Chipmunk rock crusher, heavy liquids, portable centrifuge and sonicator; high-end PCs, iPAD air equipped with GISpro, Gigapan, GPS, ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE, ArcGIS complete suite, MOVE software, MATLAB, access to ASTER and other remote sensing data including Mars DEMs and many more. For more information, and graduate and undergraduate research opportunities contact Dr. Nahid Gani.

 

StrataMax Lab

StrataMax Lab is spearheaded by Dr. M Royhan Gani. His research team focuses on  source-to-sink; facies analysis and depositional environments; sequence and seismic stratigraphy; ichnology; hydrocarbon reservoir analogs in outcrops; integration of well logs, 2D/3D seismic, and cores; paleoclimatology; basin analysis; tectonic sedimentology; and diagenesis. For more information, and graduate and undergraduate research opportunities contact Dr. Royhan Gani at royhan.gani@wku.edu.

 

Reynolds Geological Resources Lab

More information and research opportunities, contact Dr. Michael May