LABORATORY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
Analysis of water and soil samples
Sample analyses and instrumentation for ISU and beyond
LEA has capacity to analyze water and soil samples for a range of analytes. The most common analyses are for dissolved phosphorus, nitrate, ammonium, total phosphorus, total nitrogen and suspended solids in surface and groundater samples. LEA also regularly analyses digested soil samples for nitrogen and phosphorus.
Most analyses are done on a Lachat Flow Injection Analyses instrument or a Dionex Ion Chromatograph. We use EPA-approved methods and QA/QC procedures for all analyses.
LEA also analyzes samples for external clients.
Dr. Bill Perry, Director
Management and training provide opportunities for students
The Laboratory is overseen by a director (Dr. Bill Perry) and personnel manager (Dr. Catherine O'Reilly). Daily operations are coordinated by a laboratory manager/research technician. A university facility, LEA staff include graduate and undergraduate students, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn about methods, instrumentation, and the operation of a high-quality analytical laboratory.
Current lab personnel
Victoria Heath, Manager and Research Technician
Graduate student staff:
Undergraduate student staff:
LS-AMP undergraduate interns:
Christa and Crystal
The Laboratory for Environmental Analysis (LEA) is a shared laboratory facility at Illinois State University. Faculty and students from the School of Biological Sciences, the Department of Geography-Geology, and the Department of Agriculture are the primary users. LEA is housed in a newly renovated space in Felmley Science Annex.