Δ*IsoLab is one of premier isotope geochemistry facilities in the country, thanks to our collaborative model and the support of our superb technicians Andy Schauer (who is also manager) and Maciej Sliwinski, along with numerous undergrad assistants. Isolab is a shared facility founded by professors Eric Steig and Roger Buick, and soon joined by Becky Alexander in Atmospheric Sciences, and later, Kate Huntington. Roger Buick currently serves as Director. Together, we use light stable isotopes (meaning the isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, and hydrogen (CNOSH)) to study the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and even other planets through the UW Astrobiology program.
Support for Δ*IsoLab is almost exclusively from research grants (NSF, NASA), though we have recently garnered some temporary partial support from the College of the Environment and our departments (Earth and Space Sciences and Atmospheric Sciences). We are not an "open" lab. Our own research comes first, and it can be costly, but we have a habit of helping other researchers from across the campus and beyond, and are always willing to consider collaborative projects. See the main Δ*IsoLab web pages for more detailed information.
There's a nice little write-up about our lab, on the College of the Environment news page.
About our logo: The Δ and * in our logo represent the things we love (mountains and snow), the things we study (glaciology, astrobiology) and the tools we use to study them -- isotopes, conventionally expressed in "delta" notation, where the asterisk can represent any of various numbers (e.g., Δ17O, δ13C). The name isn't short for anything; it's just a name I made up. (By the way, it's "IsoLab", never "The IsoLab". You wouldn't say "The NASA", would you?)