The majority of offices, laboratory, and lecture facilities used by the Department of Geosciences are housed in the Baylor Sciences Building. The department has variety of analytical facilities and equipment used for research and teaching. Within the Baylor Sciences Building there are also four core research centers, the Mass Spectrometry Center, the Center for Microscopy and Imaging, the NMR Facility, and the Molecular Biosciences Center, that are available to faculty and students to help facilitate multidisciplinary research. Additionally, specialized equipment, research and classroom space, and sample and equipment storage are located in the Carlile Geology Research Center, which is adjacent to the Baylor Sciences Building.
The Carlile Research Building acts as a multipurpose facility to enable Geosciences research. We think of it as the intersection between the field and the lab. It is the central port for all research and teaching field excursions, hosting a fleet of 5 field vehicles. We store a large collection of diverse field gear in the Carlile Research Building, including equipment for field camp, surveying, and other tasks. Upon return from the field, we use Carlile Research Building as the primary storage facility for rock, soil, and sediment samples. Much of the “dirty” rock preparation research tasks like cutting, crushing, and sieving are performed in a large shared area within the building. The facility is also home to a number of smaller lab spaces used only by individual research groups.