Interest survey: LacCore/CSDCO training courses
LacCore/CSDCO has begun offering short (1-3 day) training courses that are open to applicants at any career stage, with minimal registration fees ($50/course). These new training courses are based on the successful and highly-rated Drilling and Coring Summer Institute (DCSI) for early career scientists, but will not be as fully subsidized by NSF as is the DCSI: participants will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meal costs. Courses will take place in Minneapolis.

In order to determine which among the many possible topics to offer — field, laboratory, logistics, curation, geoinformatics, software, broader impacts, proposal writing, etc. — we are gathering community input. Which topics would be useful for you, your colleagues, and your students? We will likely offer several courses each year on a variety of topics.

When you fill out this form, your name will be added to the LacCore/CSDCO email list, which is our primary means of communication with past, current, and potential Facility users. We will send out all announcements of training courses through this email system, so if you wish to receive such announcements, please do not unsubscribe from our emails. You can expect to receive at most one or two emails per month from LacCore/CSDCO, on various topics and opportunities of interest that are closely related to Facility activities.

Please contact Amy Myrbo ( with additional questions about training from LacCore/CSDCO.

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Geophysical surveys: field collection
Subbottom characterization using, e.g., ground penetrating radar, seismics
Geophysical surveys: data interpretation
Analysis of geophysical profiles for sedimentary features and sequences
Core collection: surface coring
Collecting high-quality cores that preserve the sediment-water interface
Core collection: Livingstone-type coring
Collecting repeat-drive cores using a square rod piston corer
Core collection: Kullenberg coring
Collecting long, single-drive cores with a piston gravity corer
Using powered drilling devices in the field
Water sampling/measurement
Bottle or peristaltic pump sampling at depth; profiling with a CTD sonde; field filtration and sample handling
Porewater sampling
Collection of porewater from a sediment core, lake bottom, or experiment using Rhizon samplers, including anaerobic sampling
Automated core logging instrumentation
Geotek multisensor core loggers for magnetic susceptibility, density, etc., digital split core imagers
Lithological core description: macroscopic
Macroscopic (core face) lithological description, identification and interpretation of sedimentary features
Lithological core description: microscopic
Using smear slides with the petrographic microscope for sediment composition, texture, biological remains
Core description and correlation software
Free packages: CoreWall/Corelyzer, PSICAT, Correlator
Storage and tracking of physical samples and metadata
Project coordination and management
Handling people and/or logistics for a field campaign or other type of complex project
Radiocarbon dating
Choosing, subsampling, and handling material for 14C dating
Building age-depth models
Interpolating ages for stratigraphic depths between dates of any kind, using, e.g., Bacon software
Image analysis
Extracting grayscale or color information from an image of a core or other sample
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
Looking at lake sediments with environmental (low-magnification, max 10,000x) SEM and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) for elemental information
Making thin sections from lake sediments
Subsampling sediments to keep stratigraphy intact; epoxy embedding; lapping and polishing
Teaching with cores
Using cores from lakes or other environments in the classroom (whether field, lab, or informal education)
Using cores in undergraduate research
Using cores from lakes or other environments in UROP, Keck, or other undergrad research projects, in the field and lab.
Grant proposal writing
Broader impacts
Developing and accomplishing outreach, diversity, and education activities
Data repositories: uploading
Contributing data to an external database or other resource
Data repositories: downloading
Querying an external database or other resource to get datasets for your own use
Use of cores in lake and resource management
Using core records to reconstruct the recent past (the last few hundred years) for remediation, conservation, understanding the natural state of the ecosystem, etc.
Collection, processing, and sampling of lithified and rock cores
Field, laboratory, and curation methods specific to cores that are not wet, unconsolidated materials like lake sediments.
Other interests not listed here
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What's the SECOND best time of year for you to attend?
Would you attend a training workshop that occurred on a weekend? *
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