University is situated in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan
area, making it ideally located to study environmental issues associated
with urbanization. The Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory
(UEBL) is a collaborative effort between the departments of biology,
chemistry, and physics, astronomy, and geosciences, and supports
student and faculty research in these departments as well as the
Environmental Science Program. The laboratory also welcomes outside
users on either a collaborative or a fee basis.
Major laboratory instrumentation includes two inductively coupled
plasma – mass spectrometers, a wavelength-dispersive X-ray
fluorescence spectrometer, two high performance liquid chromatographs,
an atomic absorption spectrometer that has both flame and furnace
capabilities, an ion chromatograph, a gas chromatograph –
mass spectrometer, and a nitrogen-carbon analyzer. In addition to
their use for research projects, these instruments are an important
part of the curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate courses.