The John B Thornes laboratory (JBT lab) facilitates the study of physical sciences, and connects students and researchers in their exploration of the environment. It is home to the main research and teaching testing and electronics workshop spaces for the Department of Geography.
The lab comprises of a large open-bench teaching space used for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as an auxiliary wet chemistry laboratory, spectroscopy room, microscopy suite, electronics workshop and growth lab.It also has an array of equipment is available to facilitate practical teaching and research in water chemistry, sedimentology, geomorphology, hazards and fluid dynamics such as microscopes, chemical test kits, water quality probes, electronic components and tools, a hydraulic flume and stream table for modelling geomorphological features.
It also hosts the departmental Physical & Environmental Geography research group.
The lab was awarded a Gold Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) award. The LEAF programme is awarded to sustainable labratories and allows users to estimate the impact of actions to help laboratories bring down costs and reduce their impact on the environment.