Environmental Isotope Labs 




The Environmental Isotope Labs (EIL) are equipped with modern isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS) [Thermo Delta V Plus and Thermo Delta V Advantage], a Picarro Cavity Ring-Down Spectrometer (CRDS), and a range of sample preparation devices. We also operate well-equipped sample processing laboratories, and these facilities are complemented by the broad range of environmental research expertise within ANSTO's environmental research infrastructure.



The EIL can analyse carbon (δ13C), nitrogen (δ15N), oxygen (δ18O), and hydrogen (δ2H) isotopes in a range of environmental samples. Most commonly we handle waters (groundwater, rainfall, river, lakes, etc), and organics (soils and biota).








The EIL are part of Environmental Research at ANSTO; stable isotope analysis in conjunction with tritium (3H) and carbon-14  analysis are utilised to conduct research which includes (amongst many):

  • Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

  • Groundwater residence times (dating)

  • Ecohydrology, Aquatic food web studies

  • Palaeo-climate and palaeo-hydrology


Other areas of environmental research are also welcome. Environment research/technical staff can provide assistance with sample selection and treatment, data interpretation, and technique development.





Dr Suzanne Hollins
Phone: 02 9717 3701
Email: Suzanne.hollins@ansto.gov.au


Robert Chisari
Phone: 02 9717 3283
Email: Robert.chisari@ansto.gov.au