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Several metrics document heavy usage of these facilities. 

In the past 5 years, a minimum of:

  • 385 peer-reviewed journal articles were published from projects receiving facility support, plus many more abstracts, theses, and dissertations
  • 627 graduate students, 768 undergraduate students, and 52 secondary/primary students received training and mentorship in geoscience research
  • 1,391 unique individuals from 304 institutions visited LacCore and CSDCO for 6,269 total visits
  • 3,914 unique individuals from 945 institutions received remote support from LacCore and CSDCO personnel via email, phone, meetings, workshops, and field activities for more than 57,344 total contacts
  • 812 projects were enabled or supported
  • 11,488 new core meters were processed at the LacCore Facility representing 267 projects including 10 ICDP projects and 2,986 visitor-days for core processing activities
  • 15 major drilling teams were supported in development, field work, logistics, and/or core processing
  • Another 6 major ICDP drilling projects received ongoing support for data distribution, sampling, scanning, curation, etc.
  • Many more project concepts received support for development and proposal preparation
  • 81 projects total were supported through staff fieldwork, for a total of 1,547 staff-days
  • 149 projects rented field equipment
  • 74% of new projects accessioned cores to the LacCore repository
  • 400 sample requests were filled, with each request ranging from a few samples to >10,000 samples
  • 6 Visiting Graduate Student Award projects were supported in the lab (awards support travel and initial core processing and description)
  • 7 major legacy core sample collections were accessioned to the archive: M. Davis (N. American lakes), T. Johnson (worldwide lakes), D. Livingstone (East African lakes), E. Grimm (North American lakes), E. Cushing (worldwide lakes), J. Honke (“Snowmastodon”/Ziegler Reservoir, Colorado), A. Dieffenbacher Krall & H. Borns (North American lakes) totaling approximately 350 sites and 1460 meters of core.
  • 33,460 meters of core from 7,228 sites worldwide now comprise the core collection
  • 2 paleoecological reference collections were added to the facility archive: University of Minnesota Seed Collection (H.Wright, E.Cushing, et al.) and University of Minnesota Pollen Reference Collection (H.Wright, E.Cushing, et al.) with plans for upcoming accession of 3 additional pollen reference collections (E.Grimm et al.)
  • 214 phone and email orders for field and lab supplies were filled
  • 156 phone and email orders for specialized coring devices and related field equipment were filled

Not all data are captured—these statistics represent minima.