Brian Buczkowski

I work on a variety of projects that include developing preservation and management strategies for scientific collections, obtaining and processing geological samples from coastal and marine environments, as well as performing laboratory analyses related to grain size, mineralogy, and sedimentary character.


Brian Buczkowski is the curator of collections for the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s (WHCMSC) Samples Repository in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  This Samples Repository serves as the primary storage location for all geological, biological, and geochemical samples collected through USGS research by, or in the permanent custody of, the WHCMSC. Local storage facilities consist of walk-in refrigerated and frozen cold rooms, ambient temperature storage, as well as an analysis and sampling facility.  Brian also participates in Bureau-wide and interagency groups, such as the British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF) Advisory Group, USGS Geologic Materials Repository Working Group, and the Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples Group, tasked with curating scientific collections as well as developing scientific collections management and preservation solutions.  He also serves as the curator of collections for the United States Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project, and has provided input and guidance for the development of policy and procedures for access and distribution of physical samples collected as a part of ECS research.

In addition to his duties as curator, Brian also manages the WHCMSC Sediment Analysis Laboratory: a Center-wide resource that performs analyses relating to grain size, mineralogy, and sedimentary character of samples collected by WHCMSC scientists and their partners.  He is also the project manager for the usSEABED Project, contributes to the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program, serves as Co-chair of the Collections Steering Committee, and is a member of the Peer Support Worker program.


  • B.S., Geology, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Professional Experience

  • 2002-2008: Geologist I (collections manager), Integrated Statistics contracted to the U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
  • 2008-present: Physical Scientist (curator of collections and lab manager), U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
  • Massachusetts Geological Society
  • The Explorers Club (FN'15)
  • Geological Society of America
  • Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples