The newly established NICER Lab is located at Comer building at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Our lab hosts three state-of-the-art mass spectrometers including Nu Plasma3 MC-ICP-MS, Nu Sapphire MC-ICP-MS and Nu TIMS for high precision isotope measurements. Our research focuses on how we can use non-traditional (metal) isotopes much more effectively to explore a vast array of processes about Earth’s formation, mechanisms of climate change and the evolution of life.
Lamont paleoclimatologist William D’Andrea studies past climates to see how societies such as the Vikings and the Rapanui of Easter Island dealt with environmental change. His work may help us adapt to a hotter future.