ODP MRC PROGRAM
(Ocean Drilling Program Microfossil Reference Centres)
What is the ODP MRC program?
The concept of the MRC program is that representative sets of microfossil
slides should be prepared and made available at centres around the world.
They are intended for reference study for example to:
- Allow shipboard scientists to familiarise themselves with material
from the region they will visit before ODP cruises
- Allow reconnaissance studies before selection of samples for research
- Provide access to samples for industrial workers, students etc.
without the need for a research commitment
- Enable verification/updating of published taxonomic assignments
- Form the basis of research projects which require examination of
large numbers of samples.
For the MRC program representative sets of samples are identified for
each DSDP and ODP site and multiple preparations are made for:
foraminifers, radiolarians, diatoms and calcareous nannofossils. Full
sets of all these collections are held at the 5 main collections, in the
Smithsonian, Texas A&M, Basel Museum, Tokyo Science Museum and IGNS New
Zealand (see table for contacts and addresses)
For more information see ODP Site
NEW ODP Nannofossil Reference Centres in 1998
In 1998 there was some re-organisation of the ODP Microfossil
Reference centres and as result three additional nannofossil collections
became available and bids were formally invited for hosts for them. Not
surprisingly many centres of nannofossil research applied for these but
the end result was that the collections were assigned to the Florida
State University, Tallahassee, Universitá di Parma, and The Natural
History Museum, London.
The nannofossil MRCs will only have nannofossil collections and will play
roles in developing the nannofossil collection. This is intended to
include - preparation of further sample sets (both FSU and Parma have
made commitments in this area); enhancement of database information on
the MRC sample sets (In particular adding information on the nannofossil
assemblages in the slides); identifying and preparing additional sample
sets of special value for nannofossil research (e.g. topotype samples,
samples with exceptional nannofossil preservation); promotion of use of
the nannofossil MRCs. The Nebraska and FSU sites both have diatom MRC
collections as well as the nannofossils.
Who can use the collections?
Anyone, a basic condition of ODP providing MRC collections is that
they should be freely available to the scientific community. Obviously,
though the relevant host scientists should be contacted before visiting
the centres. Also note that the collections cannot be loaned, only
studied at the host institutes.
What material is in the nannofossil MRCs?
The following sets of slides
1. 3070 slides from DSDP Legs 1-40, Sites 1-362. This sample set has been
entirely prepared, is held in all nannofossil MRCs and a full listing of
samples is available on the WWW. Many of these preparations are of rather poor quality and are only suitable for reconnaisance work (checking the potential of samples), not for research or training.
2. Approx. 2400 nannofossil preparations from Legs DSDP40 to ODP181 - these are all of good quality and ideal for research or training work. Legs 40-76 are covered in detail, for subsequent legs only sites of particular interest are included, although more are in preparation. Databasing of these has now been completed, and in particular nannofossil zonal assignments, based on data from the DSDP and ODP report volumes, has now been given for all these samples. Also abundance and preservation data where available. This information will be converted into an online database but is directly available in an excel file.
Credits: the slides have been produced by Annika Sanfillipo at La Jolla, Dave Watkins at Nebraska University, Barbara Donner at Bremen University, Woody Wise and Matthew Curren at Florida State University, and Giuliana Villa at Parma University - with the invaluable help of numerous students and support staff. Data compilation by Jeremy Young (NHM), greatly asisted by vounteer Francis Quesada.
FILES TO DOWNLOAD
Details of nannofossil samples (including leg and site summaries): Excel format, this file was produced in June 2004, it includes nannofossil zone data for all slides from Leg 41 onwards.
Bibliographic data for nannofossil related chapters in DSDP/ODP report volumes (from database of Laurel Bybell, USGS)
LISTING OF ODP NANNOFOSSIL MRCs
|Regular ODP MRC Collections
|U.S. East Coast
||Dr. Brian Huber
|U.S. Gulf Coast
||Ocean Drilling Program
||Dr. John Firth
||Natural History Museum, Basel
||Dr. Michael Knappertsbusch
||National Science Museum, Tokyo
||Dr. Yoshihiro Tanimura
||Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences, Ltd., Lower Hutt"
||Dr. Percy Strong
|Nannofossil Satellite ODP MRC Collections
|US Mid West
||University of Nebraska, U.S.A
||Dr. David Watkins
||Nannos & diatoms
||Universitá degli Studi di Parma, Italy"
||Dr. Giuliana Villa
|US South East
||Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA
||Dr. Sherwood W. Wise, Jr., and Dr. Thomas Janacek
||Nannos & diatoms
||The Natural History Museum, London
The "logo" used here is an unofficial modification ofthe ODP logo, which
depicts the JOIDES Resolution. In this version the drill string is
depicted as recovering a large coccolith, as seen in profile.