The Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh houses the Regional Stable Isotope Laboratory for Earth and Environmental Science Research that aims to support regional research needs for academic, non-profit, and governmental scientists interested in exploring applications of stable isotopes in environmental systems. The Regional Stable Isotope Laboratory also facilitates Department research focused on:
- Transforming our understanding of hydrological, atmospheric, and biological interactions and examining the influence of atmospheric nitrate on water quality, forest and estuarine health;
- Supporting hydrologic investigations of natural and human-impacted catchments and contemporary lake systems; and
- Addressing complex interactions between humans and the environment and the extent to which climate variability has influenced cultural evolution over the last 10,000 years.