Apply to participate in JOIDES Resolution Expeditions 397 and 398
 Expedition 397: Iberian Margin Paleoclimate
6 October to 6 December 2022
The Iberian Margin has rapidly accumulating sediment that contains a high-fidelity late Pleistocene record of millennial climate variability (MCV). Sir Nickolas Shackleton demonstrated that piston cores from this region can be correlated precisely to polar ice cores from both hemispheres. Moreover, the narrow continental shelf off Portugal results in the rapid delivery of terrestrial material to the deep-sea environment, thereby allowing correlation of marine and ice core records to European terrestrial sequences. Few places exist in the world where such detailed marine-ice-terrestrial linkages are possible. The continuity, high sedimentation rates, and fidelity of climate signals preserved in sediments make this region a prime target for ocean drilling. During IODP Expedition 339, Site U1385 was drilled and recovered a complete record of hemipelagic sedimentation for the last 1.43 Ma with a mean sedimentation rate of 11 cm/kyr. IODP Expedition 397 will extend this remarkable sediment archive through the Pliocene and recover a complete depth transect of five sites that will provide a complete suite of downhole records with which to study past variability in the major subsurface water masses of the North Atlantic.

Expedition 398: Hellenic Arc Volcanic Field
6 December 2022 to 5 February 2023
The Hellenic Arc Christiana-Santorini-Kolumbo (CSK) volcanic field, which includes Santorini caldera and its Late Bronze Age eruption, provides a unique opportunity to address how subduction-related volcanism impacts life. Better understanding of island-arc volcanism requires study of the processes that drive such volcanism, and how the volcanoes interact with the marine environment. What are the links between crustal tectonics, volcanic activity, and magma genesis? What are the dynamics and impacts of submarine explosive volcanism and caldera-forming eruptions? What are the reactions of marine ecosystems to volcanic eruptions? The rift basins around the CSK field, as well as Santorini caldera, contain volcano-sedimentary fills up to several hundreds of meters thick. We propose to drill six sites, four in the rifts basins and two in Santorini caldera. Deep drilling is essential to characterize and interpret the depositional packages visible on seismic images, to chemically correlate primary volcaniclastic layers in the rift fills with their source volcanoes, to fill in gaps in onland volcanic records, to provide a precise chronostratigraphic framework for rift tectonic and sedimentary histories, and to characterize the subsurface microbial life.
For more information on the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution expedition schedule, see This site includes links to individual expedition web pages with the original IODP proposals and expedition planning information.
Application deadline: 1 November 2021
WHO SHOULD APPLY: We encourage applications from all qualified scientists. The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) is committed to a policy of broad participation and inclusion, and to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all program participants. Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including micropaleontologists, sedimentologists, volcanologists, petrologists, igneous geochemists, inorganic and organic geochemists, paleomagnetists, physical properties specialists, and borehole geophysicists. Good working knowledge of the English language is required.

Australian applicants :  All applicants must have their sign off by their institution DVC-Research or other appropriate institutional level, that their institution approves their travel and will insure them for that travel to and from the port of departure and arrival.It is agreed that Institutions will cover any additional cost related to delays to a return or additional quarantine costs.ANZIC will cover: flights and ground transport/incidentals to/from the ship, any pre-departure mandatory quarantine period (up to ~A$3000 for Australian members (accommodation and hotel meals); the cost of a pre-flight COVID test (if required, and as outlined in the IODP COVID policy) will continue to support the selected expeditioner with coverage of required pre-cruise medicals (Aust only; NZ to detail)  up to $40K (over 2 years, Australian members) is available to conduct the expected research related to the international expedition. Visa expenses will be covered by ANZIC  but organised by the expeditioner in consultation with the JRSO if an ANZIC candidate is selected to sail. Without this sign off an applicant will not be assessed by ANZIC for the expeditioner role advertised and, therefore, will not be forwarded to the JRSO for consideration as an expeditioner.

New Zealand Applicants: Please contact Stuart Henrys ( prior to submitting your application to inquire about the prerequisites that will apply.  
Application to Sail & Information

Welcome to our New Chair, Dr Chris Pigram AM FTSE

Dr Pigram trained as a geologist (UNSW and ANU) and has been a senior research manager since 1993. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia, the national geoscience agency, from 2010-2017.  As CEO he was the architect of several major programmes and successful funding bids. Dr Pigram has served on the Executive Management Boards of several Government Departments (Department Resources, Energy and Tourism and Department of Innovation, Industry and Science).  Dr Pigram was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019.

Dr Pigram is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).  From May-December 2017 he was the interim Director of the National Computation Infrastructure, Australia’s research supercomputing facility. Dr Pigram was a member of the 2018 Australian Government Resources Taskforce that delivered a report containing 29 recommendations designed to ensure the future of the resources sector in Australia.

Dr Pigram is Chair of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee that advises government on water issues related to large coal mines and coal seam gas developments.

He is Chair of the MinEX CRC which will deliver the next generation of fast, safe drilling technology to make Australia internationally competitive by enabling deep mineral exploration in Australia.

He is Chair of AuScope Limited a company that manages research infrastructure funds for the geoscience research community on behalf the Australian Government.

He is Chair of the GNS (NZ) Strategic Science and Users Advisory Panel and a member of the Advisory Panel for CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform. Dr Pigram is also Chair of CSIRO Minerals Resources Advisory Committee and was recently appointed to the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group.


Expedition 390: South Atlantic Transect 1 (7 April to 7 June 2022)
Expedition 393: South Atlantic Transect 2 (7 June to 7 August 2022)

General expedition information:
Scientific Prospectus link:

More information:

Deadline for scientists to apply: ~31 May 2021
Who should apply: opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in (1) petrology and nannofossil micropaleontology for Expedition 390, and (2) all shipboard specialties for Expedition 393, including sedimentologists, petrologists, micropaleontologists, paleomagnetists, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, inorganic and organic geochemists, and microbiologists. For shipboard lab information, see


ArcOP – A novel scientific ocean drilling
expedition to explore Arctic Ocean
paleoceanography and climate

Download the full call text – here

Expedition website  – link

Informational webinar ( Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 1pm UTC ). Register here

Apply to sail – here

DEADLINE: 14 May 2021
Please note that applicants from outside Australia and New Zealand should apply through their appropriate Program Member Offices – link.

DEADLINE to apply: 14 May  2021

IODP Site Survey Data Bank Sessions 2021

IODP Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB) Information Sessions

The IODP Science Support Office will hold two information sessions on the Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB), the data submission system for IODP proposals. The sessions will cover best practices for organizing and submitting your data, how to use SSDB, recent changes to the system, and common data problems, and they will each end with an open question and answer period. The sessions are designed for anyone submitting data to the 1 May data deadline. The two sessions will cover the same material.


ArcOP – A novel scientific ocean drilling expedition to explore Arctic Ocean paleoceanography and climate

 Tracking Arctic climate change from a Greenhouse to an Icehouse world
The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS) and Arctic Marine Solutions (AMS) will jointly conduct an expedition
of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), focused on the Arctic Ocean – a key location in global climate change.
 Science behind the ArcOP ExpeditionThe Arctic Ocean is a very sensitive and important region for global climate change, and is unique in comparison to the other oceans on Earth. Due to complex feedback processes (collectively known as “Arctic amplification”), the Arctic is both a contributor to climate change and a region that is most affected by global warming.
Despite this global importance, the Arctic Ocean is the last major region on Earth where the long-term climate history remains poorly known. Major advances in understanding were achieved in 2004 with the successful completion of IODP Expedition 302: Arctic Coring Expedition – ACEX implemented by ECORD, marking the start of a new era in Arctic climate exploration. 
The ArcOP expedition will represent another step-change in reconstructing the detailed history of climate change in the central Arctic Ocean over the last 50 million years. ArcOP will explore a critical time interval spanning the period when prominent changes in global climate took place, during the transition from the early Cenozoic Greenhouse world to the late Cenozoic Icehouse world.

An international team of scientists, led by the Co-chief Scientists Prof. Ruediger Stein (MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen, Germany) and Prof. Kristen St. John (Dept. of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University, USA), will collect about 900 m of sediment cores at two sites along the Lomonosov Ridge. The expedition will last for about seven weeks offshore and will be followed by intensive investigation and sampling of the cores onshore to unlock their climate secrets.A joint international initiativeThe ArcOP Expedition will be conducted in August and September 2022 by the ECORD Science Operator (ESO) in close collaboration with SPRS and AMS.
ArcOP is a unique and challenging expedition. A fleet composed of a scientific drillship supported by  two icebreakers will be used to make drilling possible in this permanently ice-covered region. Such a multi-vessel approach was employed by ECORD for the first time during the ACEX Expedition in 2004.
The selection  of  potential  ArcOP  sites  is  strongly  based  on  site-survey  expeditions  led  by  the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Sciences  Bremerhaven,  carried  out  with RV Polarstern in 2008, 2014 and 2018.More information
 About the ArcOP Expedition –
About the research programme IODP –
About the European part of the programme ECORD –
About ECORD Science Operator (ESO) –
About the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS) –
About Arctic Marine Solutions (AMS) –


ANZIC has been successful in our ARC LIEF funding request to enable ANZIC to continue for a further 18 months. During this period we will be aiming for subsequent NCRIS funding to drive ANZIC into the future.

The funding news was announced on the 23rd December. The grant is headed by Prof. Eelco Rohling from the ANU. Eelco will be the new lead of the program, replacing Prof. Richard Arculus who stepped down at the end of the previous LIEF grant, that was completed December 2020.

ANZIC is looking forward to planning exciting projects for the next couple of years and cheers to a prosperous 2021!

Introducing our new ANZIC JRFB SEP representatives

Late 2020 we put a call out for new representatives to represent ANZIC on the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board’s (JRFB) Science Evaluation Panel (SEP). We would like to introduce and congratulate the following successful applicants and thank all those who applied.

SEP Science panel

Primary representative: Mark Kendrick (University of Queensland – Aust.)

Alternate: Fabio Caratori Tontini (GNS-NZ)

SEP Sites panel

Primary representative: Jess Hillman (GNS-NZ)

Alternate: Wanda Stratford (GNS-NZ)