Soil Characterization and Quaternary Pedology Laboratory

Lab Description

We are a non-profit analytical laboratory that conducts a wide range of physical and chemical analyses on soils and sediments, including suspended sediment samples. Capabilities focus upon measuring soil properties that can enhance the evaluation of soil hydrologic conditions, the evaluation of current and past environmental conditions, and the characterization of physiochemical processes in desert soils. Services may include complete field characterization of soil morphology.

The laboratory is utilized by numerous researchers from within DRI and other research institutes, and by private companies and government agencies. Current clients include Los Alamos National Laboratory, and several environmental agencies working on water quality issues in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

We are authorized to handle soil and sediment samples with trace radionuclide contamination and to receive USDA regulated domestic and international samples.


Eric McDonald, Ph.D.
Lab Director 

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Lab phone: 775.673.7430
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Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512


Earth & Ecosystem Sciences