Laboratories

There are eight laboratories dedicated to teaching and research in the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences at Shepherd University.

Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
Made possible in part by a grant from Allegheny Energy.

Located in Snyder Hall is the Geographic Information Systems Laboratory. This is a dedicated teaching and research lab, allowing faculty, staff and students to conduct research in landscape analysis, ecology, planning, GIS business application, and spatial analysis. The laboratory is equipped with computers running a host of ESRI products (including ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, and 3D Analyst), a map plotter, numerous printers, and a Trimble Pathfinder GPS unit.

Shepherd University Observatory
Made possible by an Innovation Grant from the West Virgina Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (1st in University history).

Located on the roof of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies is the Shepherd University Observatory. The Observatory features a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (equipped with a CCD camera and spectrograph) housed in a 15-ft diameter dome, and provides opportunities for coursework use, undergraduate research, and public outreach.

Renewable Energy Demonstration Site
Made possible by an Innovation Grant from the West Virgina Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (2nd in University history).

Located outside the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center is the Renewable Energy Demonstration Site. This is a dedicated renewable energy field laboratory dedicated to demonstrating a wide variety of green energy technologies to students and the community. The field laboratory is completely powered through emissions-free green power and boasts a 2.3 KW solar photovoltaic system, a 1.8 KW wind turbine, a 50 gal biodiesel processor, a 576 ft2 solar greenhouse, and an “off-grid” classroom.

Geological Sciences Laboratory

Located in the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center is the Geological Sciences Laboratory. This is a teaching and research facility used for both lecture and lab activities. The room contains research equipment used in classical geology, paleontology, mineralogy, and geomorphology. The room is equipped with a variety of equipment including petrascopes, rock saws, analytical fume hood, and miscellaneous other microscopes. The laboratory also has an enormous rock collection from around the world.

Astrophysical Science Laboratory

Located in the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center is the Astrophysical Science Lab, which is a dedicated teaching facility used for both lecture and lab activities. The room contains equipment suitable for explorations of problems in astrophysics, including topic areas such as mechanics, fluid dynamics, and optics. This lab also contains dedicated research space and equipment, allowing faculty, staff and students to conduct original research in subfields such as cosmology, observational astrophysics, historical astronomy, and computational astrophysics.

Sustainable Systems Laboratory

Located in the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center is the Sustainable Systems Laboratory. This is a dedicated teaching and research lab, allowing faculty, staff and students to do original research in soils, agriculture, hydrology, wetland ecosystems, forestry, and renewable energy. The laboratory is equipped with numerous pieces of forestry and plant survey items, well recording equipment, soil particle size analysis equipment, various soil chemical analysis equipment, and compost analysis equipment.

Physics Laboratory

Located in the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center is the Physics Lab, which is a dedicated teaching facility used for both lecture and lab activities. The room contains equipment suitable for explorations of problems in mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics.

Aquatic Sciences Laboratory

Located in Snyder Hall is the Aquatic Sciences Laboratory. This is also a dedicated teaching and research lab, allowing faculty, staff and students to do original research in aquatic science analysis. The laboratory is equipped with YSI meters, a Marsh-McBirney Flow Meter, microscopes, and numerous pieces of analytical equipment.