About the Pacific Northwest Paleomagnetism Lab


Research Visit

If you are interested in arranging a research visit to use our facilities, please contact us!

We are happy to host research visitors in the laboratory, as well as to help conduct paleomagnetic measurements.

You can find us within the Geology Department at Western Washington University, on the ground floor and fourth floor in the ES Building:

ES429, ES429A



Established in 1970, this laboratory has helped produce many of the paleomagnetic contributions that help to understand the tectonic history of the Pacific Northwest, as well as providing WWU students the necessary background in the field of natural magnetism and its applications to solve geological/environmental issues.

Since 1998, when funds from WWU and the National Science Foundation allowed a large upgrading in the available instruments, the PNwPL can be counted within the fully equipped paleomagnetism laboratories across the US.

Students from the BS Geology and Geophysics programs and the MS Geology program at WWU benefit each year from the available installations, through courses such as:


GEOL 457/557: Practical Paleomagnetism

GEOL 454/554: Magnetic Fabrics and Geologic Processes

GEOL 352: Introduction to Geophysics

GEOL 558: Paleomagnetism and Tectonics Lab Seminar

GEOL 559: Rock Magnetism and Geomagnetic Field Lab

Mailing Address

Pacific NW Paleomagnetism Laboratory

Geology Department, Western Washington University

516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, MS 9080

Contact Information


Lab: (360) 650-3304  

Cristina's Office: (360) 650-3835  

Geology Department Fax

(360) 650-7302 


Dr. Cristina Garcia Lasanta: Cristina.GarciaLasanta@wwu.edu

Dr. Bernie Housen: Bernard.Housen@wwu.edu