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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.

Core Analytical Lab Logo

Our analytical equipment includes:
     • Inductively Coupled Plasma (–AES [Agilent 4210], and –MS [Shimadzu 2030])
     • Ion Chromatography [Dionex 3000, and Dionex 5000]
     • Gas Chromatography (–MS [Shimadzu QP2020], FID [Agilent 6890N], ECD [Agilent 6890+])
     • High Performance Liquid Chromatography [Agilent 1100]
     • Accelerated Solvent Extraction [Dionex ASE 200]
     • 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
     • Field probes and meters (e.g., pH, EC, TDS, salinity, ORP, DO, turbidity)

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


Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham Director 775-682-6486

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday 9AM - 4PM 

Agricultural Education Building 106
950 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89557

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Main Contact Information

AE 106
Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham
FA 124
Awadis Arslan
Lab Manager
AE 106
Teshome Shenkoru
Staff Research Associate
AE 106