IODP SCHOOL OF ROCK –Subic Bay to Townsville, 2017


When: July 10-27 2017

Where:  On board the JOIDES Resolution while transiting from Subic Bay, Philippines to

Townsville, Australia

Learn more about the School of Rock Program

Learn more about the IODP School of Rock 2017 opportunity

Apply to sail as ANZIC’s Education or Early career research Participant by sending a completed application and relevant CV to


ANZIC’s Educator@sea -Expedition 371 


In July, 2017 IODP will embark on  Expedition 371: Tasman Frontier Subduction Initiation and Paleocene Climate.  The Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) is seeking a professional educator, based in Australia, to help share the story of this cutting edge research into our planet’s past and potential future, aboard the drillship JOIDES Resolution, as Education and Outreach officer.

Learn more about the Expedition and the E & O role

Learn more about the IODP experience with Katie Halder, E & O officer Exp 363

Apply to Sail as ANZIC’s Education Officer aboard Expedition 371

Call For Participants:

Gateway to the Sub-Arc Mantle: Volatile Flux, Metal transport, and conditions for Early Life

5 May- 5 July 2018

Expedition 376 will investigate the fundamental, interrelated processes governing subseafloor hydrothermal activity at Brothers volcano, southern Kermadec arc (IODP proposal 818-Full2). The primary objectives are to (1) Characterize the subsurface, magma-derived volatile phase for testing models predicting the existence of either a single-phase gas or a two-phase brine-vapor; (2) Explore the distribution of base and precious metals and metalloids at depth as well as the reactions that have taken place during their precipitation along fluid migration pathways to the seafloor; (3) Quantify the mechanisms and extent of fluid-rock interaction, and what this implies for the mass flux of metals and metalloids to the ocean as well as the role of magma-derived carbon and sulfur species in acting as agents for those fluxes; and (4) Assess the diversity, extent, and metabolic pathways of microbial life in an extreme, acidic, and metal-toxic (sub)volcanic environment.

The ultimate scientific goal of Expedition 376 is to discover the key processes that distinguish submarine arc-hosted hydrothermal systems from those linked to spreading centers, which results from the flux of magmatic fluid commonly being much higher in volcanic arcs. As a consequence of their shallow water depths and high volatile contents, the magmatic-hydrothermal arc signature gives rise to different fluid compositions and thus mineralization compared to submarine extensional settings. This likely also has consequences for the associated biota. Additionally, given the very acidic fluids and high metal concentrations, submarine arc hydrothermal systems are thought to be important analogs to porphyry copper, epithermal gold, and various volcanic rock-hosted massive sulfide deposits mined on land. Drilling Brothers volcano will provide essential information for understanding the formation of those mineral deposits and will also reconstruct the volcanic stratigraphy of this arc volcano.

Operations will focus on discharge zones of geochemically distinct fluids in and around the caldera of Brothers volcano by drilling and logging to hundreds of metres. The drill sites should show the variable impact of magmatic volatiles, which will enable the expedition to directly study the implications of magma degassing for the transport of metals to the seafloor and how this affects the functioning of microbial life.

For more information about the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution Expedition Schedule see – this includes links to the expedition web pages that provide the original IODP proposal and expedition planning information.

For shipboard scientist responsibilities see

ANZIC applications

Australians should visit for a link to the application form, a completed version of which should be sent to Neville Exon ( and Rob McKay (, with all parts in one document. New Zealanders should contact Chris Hollis (

Applicants should bear in mind that their applications will be firstly reviewed and ranked by the ANZIC Science Committee and, if they pass that hurdle, by the expedition co-chief scientists.  Clearly, they need to convince both groups that they would be excellent in the role.

The ANZIC Science Committee makes allowance for the relative opportunities of the applicants, so that early career researchers, including graduate students, have a good chance of selection. Note that non-tenured applicants must have a position at an Australian or New Zealand member institution for at least one year post-expedition and ideally more to enable them to carry out the necessary post cruise research.

As well as the form, applicants should provide:

1. Participation Plan and Budget (maximum of four pages): This should set out why they are interested in the expedition, how their skills suit the position applied for, what they would bring to the expedition, and the nature of their initial post-cruise research plans (including publication plans), and a brief outline of what budget they might need beyond that covered by their institution.

To maximise the return to ANZIC from the involvement of our scientists on expeditions, we ask that applicants endeavour to assemble a team, including ANZIC scientists, of potential land-based science party members in various fields, set out who has agreed to join that team if you are successful, and what they would aim to do post-cruise. The potential existence of such a team, which would provide additional analytical and scientific skills, would strengthen the applications. If all went to plan, the team members could become part of the land-based science party, and thus get early access to material from the vessel. Of course, final research plans will depend on the material actually recovered by the vessel, and negotiations aboard ship as to who does what.

2. Curriculum Vitae including selected publications (maximum of two pages)

3. Letter of support for non-tenured applicants by their supervisor: This should cover general support from the institution for the application, include an outline of the proffered post-cruise support, and indicate when the present position, or a new position, will end (at least one year post-cruise is required).

4. Financial support: For ANZIC scientists all travel costs, including those to some post-cruise meetings, would be covered by ANZIC. In addition the ANZIC IODP Office may provide up to $A40,000 for post-cruise activities (mainly analytical costs) for Australian and New Zealand university and research institution scientists and post-graduate students, if funding cannot be obtained in any other way. Applications for such funding can only be made after expeditions are completed and samples are in hand.

5. Application deadline: The deadline for scientists to submit applications to ANZIC is Monday, 3 April 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for scientists, doctoral students or post docs to collaborate with an international team of scientists. We know that students will have trouble with the long lead times but if things are possible and they’re interested, they should apply. Neville Exon and Rob McKay will be happy to provide advice for the applications, and help where possible with timing problems.