The Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) is a shared research platform that is dedicated to excellence and innovation in geochemistry, providing analytical services to the research community.  


We provide end-to-end service for your research needs in these fields:

  • geology
  • oceanography
  • environmental sciences
  • biology
  • engineering
  • archaeology.

We are always interested in supporting research in new directions.


Users from academia, government, industry and non-profit organizations from across Canada and internationally are welcome. Our professional team provides users with high-precision, low-level isotopic and geochemical services in the following areas:

  • Project design and sample preparation, through to sample analysis and data interpretation.
  • Expert advice on method development, with custom-designed analyses as needed.
  • Hands-on training in laboratory and analytical instrumentation protocols.

We can accommodate the following types of analyses via our advanced instrumentation:

  • Radiogenic isotopes for tracer studies (Nd, Hf, Pb-Pb, Sr)
  • Radiogenic isotopes for geochronological studies (U-Pb in zircons and accessory phases; Lu-Hf in garnet)
  • Transitional metal stable isotopes in geology and biology (Cd, Li, Cu, Zn, Fe, Mo)
  • Light stable isotopes in geological, oceanographic, biological and archaeological materials (C, N, O)
  • Trace elements in rocks, minerals, soils and waters (lithophile, REE, PGE)
  • In-situ analyses of solid samples via laser ablation (rocks, minerals, and biological and archaeological materials)
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The Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) is a shared research platform, funded as a partnership between the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation.

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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