The University of Iowa

Morphometric Laboratory

The morphometrics lab currently has four PC’s:

  1. A Dell Studio XPS 8100 with 64 bit Windows 7, an Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 GDDR5 video card.
  2. A Dell Optiplex GX620 with Windows XP, a 3GHz Pentium D processor, 1.9GB of RAM, and a 232GB hard drive.
  3. A Dell Optiplex 755 E4400 with Windows XP, a 2GHz processor, 1.9GB of RAM, and a 74.4GB hard drive.
  4. A Dell Optiplex GX260 with Windows XP, a 2.66GHz Pentium 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 74.4GB hard drive.

An HP Scanjet G4010 scanner and an HP LaserJet 2420dn printer are also available.

There is also a variety of equipment available for gathering both 2D and 3D morphometric data:

NextEngine 3D Scanner HD


The NextEngine scanner is capable of scanning object up to the size of a football (and potentially larger objects of scanned in multiple segments) and outputting the 3D models in a variety of file formats.

NextEngine 3D Scanner HD




Microscribe G2X

Example lab exercise using the Microscribe

The Microscribe can take three dimensional X-Y-Z landmark coordinates as well as trace lines of curvature, taking measurements every two millimeters.  It is fully portable and able to be taken on planes as a carry-on.


Reflex Microscope

Example lab exercise using the Reflex Microscope

The Reflex Microscope is also for taking 3D measurements, but at a much smaller scale than the microscribe, such as on individual corallites or small mammal teeth.

Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera interfacing with a Wild M3B stereoscope and a Zeiss petrographic microscope

The digital camera can be attached to the stereoscope or the petrographic microscope to take images for 2D landmark acquisition in programs such as ImageJ.


Leica Wild MZ8 stereo microscope

Leica Wild MZ8 stereo microscope