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Drilling and Coring Summer Institute (DCSI)

A comprehensive hands-on training course for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers working in paleorecords research using scientific drilling and/or coring.

Two sessions in 2019: June 26 - July 5 and August 5-13; 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.

The DCSI is open to US and non-US participants. We strive for diversity in our choices of applicants.

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

Site selection and survey: Choosing where and how to core. 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 and implementing meaningful outreach, diversity, and education activities. Teaching with cores in formal and informal education settings.

Free and open source core software and geoinformatics: CoreWall/Corelyzer, PSICAT, Correlator/Feldman, TMI. ORCIDs, databases, IGSNs, 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, freeze corer, pore water extraction, Nesje percussion corer, vibracorer, Kullenberg gravity piston corer, Winkie drill, drilling tools for soft and hard sediments, downhole logging, field subsampling and processing; decontamination for invasive species control. Discussion and as much hands-on as possible.

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. ICD software.

Downstream analyses: Overall workflow and considerations, radiocarbon and Bacon age-depth modeling, scanning X-ray fluorescence (XRF), environmental scanning electron microscopy (SEM), color analysis using digital images, overview of subsample processing for pollen, phytoliths, grain size, etc.

Presentation: Giving lightning talks and better scientific presentations. 

To apply, fill out the form at http://z.umn.edu/dcsiapply by 11 PM Central Daylight Time (GMT-5) March 8, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by March 30, 2019.

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants in each 2018 course.

The Summer Institute will take place from 8:30 AM - 6 PM daily. Some days will be longer. Participants should plan to arrive no later than the day before the course begins (i.e., June 25 or August 4, respectively), and depart no earlier than 4 PM the last day of the class (i.e., July 5 or August 13). Dorm rooms will be reserved until the day following the course (i.e., July 6 or August 14) for participants who wish to stay. Extending lodging is possible, at the participant's expense ($50/night).

Ad hoc individual and group training in any of the listed topics can be arranged with LacCore/CSDCO outside of these workshops as well.

In addition, we are now offering a new series of short courses, open to all participants, not only early-career researchers!  

Please contact Amy Myrbo with questions.The Drilling and Coring Summer Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation - Instrumentation and Facilities Program as part of the CSDCO cooperative agreement (NSF-IF-1338382).