NSRL works in collaboration with accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) measurement facilities to provide state-of-the-art radiocarbon preparation and measurement services to the local University and Federal research communities.  The lab also pursues in-house research on applications of 14C dating to climate change studies, calibration of the 14C timescale, and the use of 14C as a geochemical and geophysical tracer in the Earth system.

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Scott Lehman

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Chad Wolak
Lab Manager

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Patrick Cappa
Research staff

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Steve Morgan
Research staff

  • Colin Lindsay, Postdoctoral Investigator, 2016-2018
  • Nicole Trahan, Postdoctoral Investigator 2012-2014
  • John Knowles, Guest Investigator 2012-2015
  • Sean Bryan, GRA 2010-2014
  • Jocelyn Turnbull, GRA, PRA 1997-2006; now at National Isotope Center, New Zealand
  • Trevor Popp, PRA, now at Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark


Contact & Services

Lab phone: 303 492-0362

Please contact Chad Wolak, Laboratory Manager, 303 492-5019 regarding routine sample submissions.

Chad Wolak packs samples. Photo by Ethan Welty

Chad Wolak packs radiocarbon samples. Photo by Ethan Welty. 



NSRL maintains an active collaboration with the NOAA’s Boulder-based Global Monitoring Division (GMD) aimed at development and use of ultra-precise 14C measurement in CO2 as a quantitative tracer for recently-added, fossil fuel derived CO2 in the atmosphere.


Media stories


Overview video (2.5 min)

For an overview of the lab, watch the first 2.5 minutes of this video. This overview is part of a tour of two INSTAAR labs.  The second part of the video gives an overview of the Stable Isotope Lab.



Publications by Lehman are included below.