The OSU MGR offers numerous services from curation, sample measurement, coring and complementary analyses.

The OSU MGR is bound by NSF OCE data policy for all NSF/OCE/MGG funded projects (please refer to parts III and VII).

Long-term storage of scientific samples in the repository is free of charge, as long as samples fall under the access policies of the repository. Scientific programs pay for archival materials, such as D-tubes or specialized boxes (See Fees Tab). Most investigators prepare and describe their own materials for storage.

The repository also offers to contract a variety of archiving services for investigators who choose not to do their own archiving and describing (See Sample Measurement and Analysis & Fees Tabs).

The Coring & Dredging Facility at OSU contracts marine geologic sampling services in support of seagoing expeditions, for investigators from any institution (see Coring and Dredging Services Tab).

As part of the CEOAS the OSU MGR has close links with other laboratories that offer specialist services (see Other OSU Laboratory Services)

When we receive cores we often undertake routine curational analyses including core descriptions and digital archiving. Most sections have MST data either from the ship going portion of the research or are measured back at the OSU-MGR. We also routinely take digital line-scan images of the cores and a CT-scanner is available at the College of Veterinary medicine for detailed 3D-X-ray investigations. Grain size analysis using a coulter counter is available and we also have a new ITRAX XRF scanner. In addition to curation, we also take and distribute samples to a wide range of PI’s for smaller projects. If a sampling program entails a large number of samples we often request the PI’s either visit the OSU-MGR themselves or send a student to assist with sampling. We also often host scientists who wish to sample cores and start pre-treatment of their samples for measurement either at  associated OSU laboratories, or at their own institution. Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions about sampling, analyses, and any other questions about how we can assist your science.

The OSU MGR is funded by NSF to provide curation for marine geological samples. Curation and sample dissemination is therefore a central part of the OSU MGR’s activities. The core lab is equipped with, and has access to a range of equipment that can be used to measure cores. Some of this is included under standard curation practice, others require fees.

Item: Fee:
Curation of Samples No charge for NSF funded projects
Sampling No charge for NSF funded projects. Though we will request PI’s undertake their own sampling for large requests  – see our sampling policy
Sending Samples No charge for ground shipping for NSF funded projects. Expedited, Air, or special shipping will incur costs.
Archival Materials (D-tubes, specialized boxes etc) At cost/provided by investigator. Please email for details and pricing
Split core track (Camera, Magnetic Susceptibility) $50 per day use with technician oversight. Training and set-up costs may apply – see Technician Time
Whole core track (MS, GRA, PWave, Resistivity) $50 per day use with technician oversight. Training and set-up costs may apply – see Technician Time
ITRAX XRF core scanner (capable of split core and uchannel samples) $10 per section plus $30 per hour of use with technician oversight. Training and set-up costs may apply – see Technician Time. Please email Anders Carlson for further details and pricing
Technician Time $70-$125 per hour. Rate for training, set-up, data processing, instrument and technical assistance database entry etc. Higher rate may apply for customers requiring CT and XRF scans

Coring and Dredging Services

The OSU Coring & Dredging Facility provides marine geologic sampling services for NSF groups and investigators using the UNOLS fleet as well as the USCG ice breaker R/V Healy. Funding for these services to US NSF funded investigators is provided by Ship Facilities Program at NSF. The OSU coring gear is among the best available in the United States, including large-volume and small-volume piston cores (4″ ID x 18m and 2.5″ ID x 18m), and several Multicores for undisturbed recovery of sediment-water interface. Seagoing technicians from the facility have operated coring and dredging gear on most UNOLS vessels.

Services are customized to fit your needs, and can include use of hardware, personnel, deck handling gear, refrigerated shipping vans, sample describing materials, and permanent archival in the OSU Marine Geology Repository.

For more information or to contract coring or dredging services, contact Dr. Mitch Lyle ( Include information on requested sampling devices, likely ship to be used, approximate dates and locations of port calls, number of sampling sites, and services needed.


OSU Coring and Dredging Equipment


Long Coring Devices: Short Coring Devices: Large Volume Cores:
OSU Jumbo Piston Core [18 meters long, 4 inch diameter] OSU Kasten Cores [6 meters long, 6 inch and 8 inch widths] 2 Ocean Instruments Multicorers (MC-800) [8 tubes x 100 cm]
OSU Small Piston Core [18 meters long, 2.5 inch diameter] OSU Gravity Cores [6 meters long, 4 inch diameter] 1 Ocean Instruments Multicorer (MC-400) [4 tubes x 100 cm]
  Benthos Gravity Cores [3 meters long, 2.5 inch diameter] Ocean Instruments Box Corer [24 inches long, 12 x 8 inch footprint]
  OSU “Big Bertha” [12 meters long, 4 inch diameter] Ocean Instruments Box Corer [22 inches long, 20 x 20 inch footprint]
Dredges: Grabs:  
Box Dredges [12 inches high, 36 inch footprint Smith McIntyre Grab  
Round Dredge [30 inch diameter] Shipek Grab  


Coring and Archiving Services

20 foot sea going refrigerated vans Core splitting equipment and materials Core storage D-tubes Describing and sampling materials – visual core description, Munsell charts – sampling tools, scoops, bags etc. – smear slides – microscopes Sea going laboratory van containing Geotek MSCL system for whole core and split-core multisensing – Magnetic susceptibility – Gamma Ray Attenuation – P-wave Velocity – Resistivity Geotek XZ track for use on split cores – Magnetic susceptibility point sensor (Bartington MS2E) – Digital Line Scan Camera Permanent Archival at the Oregon State University Marine Geology Repository Staging and Shipping

Paleomagnetic Laboratory

The Paleo-and-Environmental Magnetism Laboratory in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University is operated by MGR Director Dr. Joseph Stoner. The P-Mag Lab is an NSF supported OSU facility dedicated to sediment magnetism and a resource for Pacific NW, national and international scientific communities. Built around a helium free 2G Enterprises superconducting rock magnetometer (SRM) optimized for u-channel samples, it plays a strong role in supporting the the marine geology repository. For further information on paleo-and-environmental magnetic services please contact Dr. Joseph Stoner.


40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Laboratory

The 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Laboratory in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University is operated by MGR Director Dr. Anthony Koppers. The OSU Argon Geochronology Lab carries out 40Ar/39Ar analyses services for outside researchers all over the world, operating two noble gas  mass spectrometers to carry out 40Ar/39Ar age determinations. For further information on 40Ar/39Ar analyses and services please contact Dr. Anthony Koppers.