April 2, 2013
First, high schoolers as part of the Young Women in Science series from the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Columbia University get an introduction to the geosciences and sediment cores!
Then, students from the Columbia Journalism School stop by to learn all about sediment cores with Curator Nichole Anest and ongoing research in peatlands with Dr. Jon Nichols.
February 27, 2013
The UN Comission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) stop by the Core Repository during the recent visit to Lamont with Director Sean C. Solomon.
Dr. Maureen Raymo and Members of the CLCS tour the repository.
Dr. Maureen Raymo and a transect of cores from the continental shelf to the abyssal plains.
Members of the CLCS exploring diatom slides.
January 22, 2013
2013 UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise Opportunity
The 2013 UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise will instruct early career marine scientists, including PhD students, on how to effectively plan for, acquire, utilize and report on time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and education. The full program will take place from October 13-22, 2013, beginning and ending at the University of Rhode Island Marine Operation Facilities in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and will include a seven-day cruise on the R/V Endeavor to at sea locations in the Middle Atlantic Bight. Small stipends are provided for participant travel costs (from within the United States only), research supplies and shipping. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2013. For more information, click here.
November 29, 2012
The Core Repository Hyperwall promises to offer a fully interactive educational experience spanning the geosciences and invaluable professional training opportunities - all on a stunning 7' x 3' high-resolution display!
This project is made possible by 'The Lamont-Doherty Core Repository in the 21st Century - A Hyperwall for Public Education and Professional Training' initiative and generous support from the from the Advisory Board of Innovation.
October 5, 2012
The Core Repository team lent their coring expertise to young aspiring geo-scientists this past Thursday the 4th during the 10th annual ‘A Day in the Life of the Hudson River’. Read about it in the local coverage.
Curator Nichole Anest talks about stratigraphy and sedimentation.
(Photo:Tania Savayan/The Journal News)
September 18, 2012
is nearly upon us (October 6)! Come and find out the how’s and why’s of sediment cores: how we get them from the bottom of the oceans and why they are invaluable to climate research. They’re more than just mud!
The Core Repository is happy to welcome Angel Mojarro as our new lab technician, core sampler and all around right-hand man! Angel graduated from Brown University '11 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology where he studied the evolution of the El Nino Southern Oscillation since the Last Glacial Maximum. In his first few weeks, Angel has had a steep learning curve and proven that he is more than up to the challenge. Welcome Angel!
June 1, 2012
This has been a busy few months for the Core Repository in terms of visitors. A number of journalists (including two film crews), American Association of Geographers, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, high school and college classes, various individuals, the Bruce Museum Board of Trustees, and this year's group of summer interns!
Some of the summer interns working at LDEO this year.
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers led by Mike Passow.
Learning how a piston core works.
In an aisle of our core stacks, telling stories.
Students learning the art of handheld XRF scanning.
January 30, 2012
Climate scientist Braddock Linsley is back from American Samoa, where he and Stanford colleagues Robert Dunbar and David Mucciarone, collected possibly the oldest continuous Porites coral records. The three coral samples they recovered go back an estimated 550 years; the group collected the corals while scuba diving on a massive, exposed Porites reef off the island of Ta'u. Cores from this colony may help scientists track climate change in the Western Pacific Warm Pool and South Pacific Convergence Zone as far back as the early 1400s, at the start of the Little Ice Age. The corals may also provide context for current changes in climate and ocean currents, allowing scientists to test the hypothesis that rain belts along the equator are becoming more active.
Brad Linsley with Ta'u coral cores.
Ocean Floor Reveals Past Climate Changes
Voice of America, January 9, 2012
Maureen Raymo, director of Lamont-Doherty's Core Repository, speaks about the significance of sea floor sediments in studying the environmental impacts of climate change.
Nichole Anest has been promoted to curator of Lamont's extensive library of seafloor sediments, replacing Rusty Lotti who retired last year. With a geology degree from Rutgers, Anest came to the Core Repository in 1998 and wrote descriptions of the sediment cores and isolated plankton fossils that could be used to measure past fluctuations in the earth's climate. She was soon running the X-ray machine and other tools to analyze the cores. Over the next decade, she would process, analyze and catalog new cores while keeping all the lab machines running. The Core Repository is now undergoing a major renovation under its first director, paleoclimataologist Maureen Raymo. "The fact that every core potentially holds new insights into the Earth's past still amazes me," said Anest. "The past year has been overwhelming at times with the moving of most of our collection, but when the dust settles, we will have a fabulous new space to study cores as well as state of the art facilities to analyze their secrets."
October 20, 2011
Big changes are underway at the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository. This past summer was spent moving our entire dry core collection from the first floor space in the Core Laboratory building (where they have been for almost 50 years) to the old ODP East Coast Repository space in the basement of the Geoscience Building. The bright new space reunites the dry cores with the wet core collection currently housed in “Reefer 4”. Within a few months, the core sampling operation will also relocate to this new location and currently a major renovation of the laboratory space, funded by LDEO, is underway. Future sampling of all of Lamont’s cores (both wet and dry) will take place in this new and beautiful space.
Meanwhile, the renovation of the second floor of the New Core Lab building is in full swing -- it is getting a $9 million facelift funded by NSF. This will transform the second floor into the new Lamont Center for Biogeochemistry. This renovation will provide a dozen new, state-of-the-art labs for both organic and inorganic geochemistry and be home to most of the analytical space for our division. Under a separate NSF award, four new mass spectrometers were purchased this year for measuring stable isotope ratios on carbonates, water, and organic compounds, and Prof. Brad Linsley is the new director of this analytical facility. With all this activity we’ve been on a hiring spree over the last couple of years, and many new faces can be found around the Core Laboratory and Geoscience Buildings.
In August, Rusty Lotti, who served as the repository curator for 26 years, retired after 37 years of fabulous service to Lamont. Her dedication to the preservation of the core collection helped make our facility one of the best in the world for archiving and analyzing deep-sea sediments. Repository employee Nichole Anest is serving as Interim Curator and is working closely with the new repository Director, Prof. Maureen Raymo, in planning for the future.
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