LacCore provides lab- and field-based, hands-on training and assistance in lake sediment collection and analysis. Our educational activities are focused around the central goal of increasing the use of (and improving access to) both high-tech and low-tech core analysis techniques.
Each year, LacCore awards research/travel grants to graduate students working with lake sediment cores. These $1000 grants support student travel to Minneapolis, lodging while at the facility, and supplies consumed in initial core description. Funds supplement the free instrument time, staff support, and training offered to all LacCore visitors.
For more information, see our visiting grad student program information page.
We offer occasional short courses on initial core description (ICD), held at the LacCore Facility. This one-day workshop introduces researchers to the techniques of multi-sensor core logging, high-resolution digital imaging, macro- and microscopic lithological description, basic image analysis, and sediment core curation. The only cost for this course is a nominal charge for supplies and lunch.
Sample ICD short course agenda (PDF, 74KB).
In-person training is always available to researchers visiting the Facility to conduct ICD on their own cores. Instrument time and staff support are low cost. Contact Kristina Brady, Anders Noren or Amy Myrbo to schedule your visit or for more information.
We develop and maintain a series of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for lake sediment analysis, which can be found on the analyses page.
LacCore staff teach a workshop course for University of Minnesota undergraduate students. In this one-credit course we take a transect of cores from a local lake and work on a class-defined problem such as comparing historical documents to the sedimentary record of human impacts on the lake.
Previous class projects:
A resource for educational activities in Limnology and Paleolimnology. For more information, see our Mud Ed! information page.