About the Water Sciences Laboratory

Part of the Nebraska Water Center and part of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food institute within the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Water Sciences Laboratory provides technical expertise and sophisticated analytical instrumentation for environmental and water related research. Specialized analyses are available for trace organics and stable isotopes, as well as more routine methods for measuring water quality.

Faculty, staff, and students have analyzed thousands of samples at the facility to support water sciences research since it was established in 1990. Specialized instrumentation are available for trace-level organic analyses and stable isotope mass spectrometry, as well as equipment used in more routine analyses of water quality. An experienced and highly-skilled staff ensure high quality results for water and environmental research.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Water Sciences Laboratory is to support environmental and water related research by providing technical services and expertise in analytical and isotopic methods.

Water Research in Kazakhstan

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The economy in central Asia’s Kazakhstan is currently doing well these days, mainly from development of abundant petroleum and mineral deposits. Read more.


Kazakhstan Graduate Student Studying at NU Water Sciences Laboratory

Though 10,541 kilometers (or nearly 6,550 miles) separate Lincoln and Almaty, Kazakhstan - a distance equal to the combined length of the Amazon and Mekong rivers - the two are closer in areas of water quality and quantity than distance alone would suggest. Read More

Facilities and Equipment

The 6,000 square-foot facility consists of six laboratories, several offices, a conference room, and computer and graduate student areas.

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Upcoming Events

Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems: State of the Science
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