Bren Hall features environmentally friendly state-of-the-art teaching laboratories where accessible leading-edge analytical instrumentation supports advanced research techniques.
Watershed Science Teaching Laboratory
This 950-square-foot first-floor laboratory serves as the primary staging area for field investigation, experimentation, and analysis for scientific research and teaching in hydrology, meterology, physical limnology, and oceanography.
GIS/Environmental Modeling Teaching Laboratory
This 950-square-foot third-floor lab supports the Bren curriculum in computational modeling, geographic information systems, and environmental information management. It is home to 32 high-end GIS workstations that feature advanced graphics, visualization, and processing capabilities and have shared access to large-format, high-resolution color printers and scanners. For AV needs, the room has screens, projectors, DVD, VCR, audio inputs, a computer, and Internet connections.
Biogeochemistry Teaching Laboratory
This 950-square-foot laboratory on the second floor supports the BrenSchool's interdisciplinary curriculum in biology, geology, and chemistry.The lab's advanced analytical instrumentation includes chromatographs, spectrophotometers, and field meters, as well as measuring and field sampling equipment, all of which enable graduate students to employ innovative and advanced research techniques. This laboratory supports the teaching and research of Professors John Melack, Patricia Holden, and Arturo Keller.
Student Computing Facility
The 882-square-foot Student Computing Facility (SCF), located on the third floor, is the main computational facility fors tudents in the Master's program. Lab sections that complement the core curriculum are also held in this space. The room has 41 computers, color and black-and-white printers, and a flatbed scanner. The computers carry a wide variety of software, including Microsoft Office 2000 Premium, plus statistical, modeling, GIS, and scientific visualization packages. The systems are currently on a two-year replacement schedule, with half being rotated out annually to ensure that the SCF has the most up-to-date technology.