Centre for Geoanalytical Mass Spectrometry

The Centre for Geoanalytical Mass Spectrometry supports investigations across the earth, environmental, biological, archaeological, forensic and material sciences.

Among the most advanced of their kind in the world, our integrated facilities comprise the:

  • Radiogenic Isotope Facility
  • Stable Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory
  • Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory.

Our sophisticated analytical equipment enables multidisciplinary researchers from UQ, partner institutions, government, industry and the community.

School of Environment researchers have used the facilities for a range of research projects, including: 

  • tracking ancient human origins and migration
  • mapping coral mortality on the Great Barrier Reef
  • tracer studies of cave deposits to establish past climates. 

Leaders in isotope tracing and dating

We collaborate with research institutions, rather than duplicate, to maintain and further promote UQ and Queensland’s established international standing and reputation in the fields of isotope tracing and dating.

Our UQ-funded facilities have received support from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Griffith University, and seen the development of the Brisbane Geochronology Alliance between UQ, Griffith University and QUT – with our facilities as the centrepiece.

The Alliance seeks to leverage each research institution’s strengths to make Brisbane a global hub for isotope geochemistry and geochronology.

It also aims to expand technological development and research across traditional boundaries, and to encourage early-career researchers.

Contact us

For more information, contact our Director, Professor Paulo Vasconcelos.