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Micro Analysis and Visualization Lab (MAVL)

The Micro Analysis & Visualization Lab (MAVL) is an Institute-wide facility for microscopic analysis and imaging services. The MAVL provides researchers with access to a range of microscopic platforms including low-magnification stereozoom reflected-light (dissecting) scopes, transmitted-light compound scopes in a variety of configurations (including petrographic and fluorescence capabilities), inverted scopes for live cell or tissue analysis, and a high-magnification tabletop scanning electron microscope equipped for elemental composition analysis.  Microscope cameras and basic image analysis software are available for many of the platforms. The MAVL was created in 2015 as a dedicated research space, equipment library and teaching/training facility that all at DRI can use, contribute to and share.

Equipment from the MAVL can be used by DRI researchers for projects such as characterization of pollutants in air and water samples, particle morphology and elemental analysis, identification of microfossils, or forensics. To discuss research needs related to micro-imaging and analysis, contact lab manager Dave Rhode at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To learn more about the equipment and capabilities of the MAVL, please explore the links to the left of this page. 

MAVL1The MAVL is housed in the Maxey Science Building (Room 148) on DRI's Reno campus.