LacCore, the National Lacustrine Core Facility, has moved into Pillsbury Hall and Shepherd Labs. The facility is scheduled to stay in these temporary spaces for eight months to a year while the Civil Engineering building is renovated.
LacCore is funded by NSF and UMN to support interdisciplinary research on sediment cores from lakes and other inland waters for a wide variety of basic and applied scientific questions. In addition to studying past climate and environmental change over thousands to millions of years, we use lake sediment records to understand the effects of recent land use change and human impacts (urban development, mining, invasive species, eutrophication, fire frequency) and geological processes such as tectonics, volcanism, glaciation, and diagenesis. LacCore provides low-cost support and training for internal and external users from initial design through budgeting, logistics, coring, logging, analysis, interpretation, publication, and curation. We also curate over 20 km of high-quality lake sediment cores from around the world in an active repository, and host hundreds of visitors each year.
The 25 staff and technicians of LacCore (including eight UMN undergrads) are very excited to run into our Earth Sciences colleagues in the halls, and we hope that you will take advantage of our instrumentation and expertise. We thank you for your patience with the noise, traffic, and visitors during our stay.
Whether you are in the Department, in the larger UMN community, or outside, please contact us if you would like to arrange a tour or a conversation about a new project. The new Core Lab location is 30 Pillsbury Hall, and staff can be reached at 612-626-7889 or email@example.com. Please see laccore.org for more information, and keep up with our activities at https://www.facebook.com/laccore.