Core Analytical Laboratory (CAL)

Overview of Services

The Core Analytical Laboratory (CAL) is a core facility located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, and is dually operated by the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. We specialize in agriculturally related laboratory analyses and offer a wide variety of equipment and instrumentation as well as training and services.

We offer three pricing tiers:
     1) Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) members that analyze their own samples,
     2) NSHE members that submit samples for analysis by the CAL staff, and
     3) non-NSHE members.

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Our analytical equipment includes:
     • Inductively Coupled Plasma (–AES [Agilent 4210], and –MS [Shimadzu 2030])
     • Gas Chromatography (–MS [Shimadzu QP2020], FID [Agilent 6890N], ECD [Agilent 6890+])
     • Elemental Analysis [Leco CN 928]
     • Flow Injection Analysis [Astoria-Pacific]
     • UV-Visible Spectrophotometry [Thermo-Spectronic Genesys 20]
     • Microwave Digestion [Anton Paar Multiwave GO]
     • Particle Size Analysis

Please explore our Services page for a more complete list of available services, and Contact Us if you have questions.


Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham

Elizabeth Siewert


Staff Research Associate



Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday 9AM - 4PM 

Agricultural Education Building 106
910 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89557

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Main Contact Information

AE 106
Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham
FA 124
Elizabeth Siewert
Staff Research Associate
AE 106

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