Ocean Planet Workshop – Report

On 14 April 2019, more than 75 scientists from Australia, New Zealand, and abroad gathered in Canberra, at the ANU campus to formulate research themes and define new challenges for a new decadal (2024-2034) plan for global scientific ocean drilling. Many attendees were early- and mid-career researchers, highlighting the wide interest in continued engagement in this international program. Report HERE

Volunteer for an IODP Board, Committee, or Panel

The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP), in association with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), is seeking scientists to participate on a variety of IODP panels, boards, and committees. There are three open calls for participation:

The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) oversees the operations of the JOIDES Resolution, including scheduling expeditions, approving program plans, monitoring the advisory panels to ensure efficient and effective review of drilling proposals, and developing and monitoring policies for data collection, publications and core curation. New JRFB members will serve three-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019. Full terms of reference for the JRFB are available here. USSSP is seeking two senior scientists (both from non-U.S. IODP partners/consortia) to serve on the JRFB.

The IODP Science Evaluation Panel (SEP) is an advisory body of the JRFB, composed of domain experts from IODP member countries. All IODP drilling proposals are first evaluated by the SEP, which is responsible for evaluating the scientific objectives and technical approach of submitted proposals at all stages, and for forwarding ready-to-drill and top-priority proposals to the appropriate Facility Board. New SEP members will serve three-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019. Terms of reference for the SEP can be found here. USSSP is seeking U.S.-based members for SEP, for both the science and site characterization subgroups of the panel. Scientific disciplines particularly needed for SEP this year include paleoclimate & paleoceanography; and in addition, geomicrobiology; sedimentology/stratigraphy; tectonics & geodynamics; hydrates; and marine geophysics.

The U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC) is the national advisory committee for U.S. participation in IODP and wider issues in scientific ocean drilling. USAC is established through the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) to broadly represent the scientific community. This peer-elected group of U.S.-based scientists advises USSSP on shipboard staffing, IODP panel nominations, and education/outreach activities, reviews scientific proposals (e.g., for workshops and pre-drilling activities), and consults on other key elements of the U.S.-based IODP effort. New members will serve three-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019.

Current terms of reference for USAC can be found here.

USSSP is seeking new scientific members for USAC. USSSP seeks expertise in all scientific disciplines relevant to IODP. Scientists interested in volunteering for any of these opportunities should send a cover letter and a two-page CV to usssp@ldeo.columbia.edu by June 24, 2019. Letters should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly document any previous committee experience, describe your interest in the scientific ocean drilling programs, and identify your preferred panel or committee assignments. Candidates for the JRFB should have an extensive history of participation in scientific ocean drilling. We encourage the involvement of early career scientists on USAC and SEP, as well as those with more experience. For more information, visit usoceandiscovery.org/committees

The deadline for application materials to be sent via email to USSSP is Monday, June 24.
usssp@ldeo.columbia.edu

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Call for Science Committee Members

The ANZIC Science Committee is seeking two new members to replace those rotating off. The committee is made up of researchers working in ANZIC  Member Institutions, representing the four IODP research themes.  https://www.iodp.org/iodp-science-plan-summary/file

The Committee’s primary role is as the review and advisory body for all ANZIC science activities.  These activities include:

  • evaluation and nomination of applicants for shipboard roles,
  • evaluation of applications for ANZIC research funding,
  • support for proposal development,
  • organisation of topical workshops and outreach projects,
  • assess applications for IODP panel representatives.

These tasks are predominantly conducted online, however Committee members will hold a regular teleconference and an annual face-to-face meeting (19 October, 2018, in Adelaide following AGCC) to discuss policy directions and develop Committee projects.

ANZIC is seeking two new Science Committee members in semester 2,  2019.   Expressions of interest are invited from researchers based in member institutions, at any career stage and an area of expertise, in IODP Themes:

  • Biosphere frontiers: Deep life, biodiversity, and environmental forcing of systems
  • Earth connections: deep processes and their impact on Earth’s surface environment

are of particular interest in this round.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST close the 1 June, 2019.

An Expression of Interest should include:

  • Your research interests and experience aligned with one of the four themes progressed by IODP (see https://www.iodp.org/iodp-science-plan-summary/file ) . Feel free to identify a minor theme if that is of relevance to your background.
  • Your interest and any experience in ANZIC and IODP activities directly or indirectly (this is dependent on career-stage and opportunity).
  • Acknowledgement that committee work includes confidential assessments of applications throughout the year, work on subcommittees related to the development of scientific activities and policy of ANZIC and an ability to attend/participate in committee meetings (teleconf. and face to face).

Applications open: ANZIC Legacy Funding

Australian members of ANZIC have the opportunity to apply for grants of $10,000-20,000 to support analytical studies of legacy scientific ocean drilling (DSDP, ODP, IODP) material and/or data. These small projects are expected to lead to publication in the peer-reviewed, international scientific literature, and additionally conference presentations and/or outreach activities. Application form here

Note: Applications closing COB 31st May, 2019


Deep sea cores reveal new insights into breakup and continental drift

It is noteworthy that within the 50-year anniversary of the theory of plate tectonics, scientific ocean drilling can continue to unearth new and fundamental knowledge on how continents part and plates move tectonically. A study based on drill cores from the South China Sea (SCS) obtained by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP, http://www.iodp.org/) was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience (https://rdcu.be/5Syz), confirming predictions by the plate tectonic paradigm regarding the process of continental breakup – the initial step within the plate tectonic cycle. Continue reading