LacCore/CSDCO Drilling and Coring Summer Institute

26.06 - 07.07.2017  
Minnesota, USA
Contact person:
Dr Amy Myrbo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LacCore/CSDCO Drilling and Coring Summer Institute is a comprehensive, two-week, hands-on training course for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers, especially those who will be involved in continental scientific drilling or coring projects in the next ~five years. It will be held at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, from 26 June - 7 July 2017.

This is the first of two sessions offered. The second is from 24 July - 4 August, also at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus.


The Summer Institute is offered by LacCore and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO), and is taught primarily by Dr. Amy Myrbo, with other LacCore/CSDCO staff and guest presenters.

Participants’ costs are limited to personal transportation and some meals. Expenses for participant lodging (dorm room double occupancy), materials, field trips, equipment use, LacCore/CSDCO personnel time, and most meals are funded by the National Science Foundation.


Topics in the classroom and field include, pending availability and participant interest:

- Site selection and survey: Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), CHIRP seismics. Interpretation of geophysical data. Water chemistry profiling and sampling.
- Project planning and management: Workshop planning and execution, budget development, personnel and time allocation, equipment and sample import/export, contracting, preparation of NSF and ICDP proposals, field logistics, project management software, data management, core handling and field curation, post-field logistics, tracking, allocation.
- Broader impacts: Developing meaningful outreach, diversity, and education activities. Teaching with cores in formal and informal education settings.
- Free and open source core software and resources: CoreWall/Corelyzer, PSICAT, Correlator/Feldman, TMI, Flyover Country. Geoinformatics, databases, EarthCube.
- Coring and drilling equipment: Ekman dredge, HTH gravity surface corer, Griffith drive rod piston surface corer, modified Bolivia surface corer, Livingstone/Bolivia square rod piston corers, Nesje percussion corer, vibracorer, Kullenberg gravity piston corer, Winkie drill, diamond-bit wire-line drilling tools for soft and hard sediments, downhole logging, field subsampling and processing.
- Initial core description (ICD): Multisensor core logging, core splitting, surface preparation, digital imaging, petrographic smear slides, coarse fractions, lithological description, core correlation and composite depth scales, facies interpretation, subsampling, curation.
- Downstream analyses: Scanning X-ray fluorescence (XRF), environmental scanning electron microscopy (SEM), color analysis using digital images, age-depth modeling using Bacon software, tours of other UMN Twin Cities facilities.
- Presentation: Giving lightning talks and better scientific presentations.


To apply, fill out the form at by 11 PM Central Time 1 April 2017.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by 17 April 2017. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants in each 2017 course. Additional courses of varying lengths will be scheduled in 2018 and beyond. Ad hoc individual and group training in any of the listed topics can be arranged with LacCore/CSDCO outside of this workshop as well. International participants are welcome to apply; however, the course offers no travel support.

Further information

This information is also available at Please contact Amy Myrbo with questions at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.