The Leanne Armand Travel Fund

Leanne Armand. Photo credit:

Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA)

The Leanne Armand Travel Award

This award was set up in honour of the Late Professor Leanne Armand (Feb 1968 – Jan 2022). Leanne was Director of the Australian and New Zealand Consortium [ANZIC] and was also Professor of Micropalaeontology at The Australian National University [ANU]. Leanne was a world leader on marine diatoms which she successfully used to reconstruct the waxing and waning of sea ice in the Southern Ocean. She was passionate about training up the next generation of scientists and was an advocate for diversity and inclusion.  Funds were donated towards this award by family members, colleagues and friends of Leanne to help train up the next generation of microfossil experts. An obituary for Leanne is available on

The award is set for postgraduate and Early to Mid Career Researchers based in Australia and is to be administered by the Australasian Quaternary Association [AQUA].

The award consists of a travel stipend to the maximum of A$3000 and is offered at most once a year to a single candidate.  Preference will be given to travel where the applicant is seeking to learn microfossil identification or advanced characterization techniques from an expert(s).

Applicants for the award must provide a document up to three pages containing; (1) a brief research biography including details of their current research project; (2) the benefits of the travel grant for their research; (3) details of the opportunity (e.g. workshop or specialist conference) or expert(s) willing to host the applicant; and (4) a budget listing anticipated expenses. In addition, a letter of support is required from the applicant’s supervisor Application for this award is on condition of travel insurance being provided by the applicant’s institution.

A successful awardee must provide a letter of acceptance by the expert offering assistance and the proposed timing and duration of the visit.

Upon completion of the award, the applicant is to submit a report to be published in the AQUA newsletter.

Up to three official members of the AQUA committee, as well as two members of the Research School of Earth Sciences [RSES] at the ANU to be designated by its Director, are to oversee the applications once a year set by a date advertised on the AQUA web site as well as the RSES web site.

Conditions of the funds:

  • The funds are to be spent within a year of them being awarded.
  • The funds are to be administered by the AQUA Treasurer.
  • Once the funds have expired, this travel award will no longer be offered.

Applications for this year close on September 1, 2022 and are to be sent directly to AQUA’s President.

Applications to:

Application close: 1 September 2022

Painting by Sarah Kachovich


If you would like to donate to The Leanne Armand Travel Fund, please contact the ANZIC Office for further details: or alternatively +61 2 6125 3420.

SPECIAL CALL – Expedition 395 Reykjanes Mantle Convection & Climate

Special Call for: Physical Properties Specialist, Stratigraphic Correlator/Cyclostratigrapher, Micropaleontologist (nannofossils, diatoms, or radiolarians)

 Deadline for applications to ANZIC: 18 July

Reykjanes Mantle Convection and Climate (Expedition 395) will investigate mantle upwelling beneath Iceland, which supports the regional bathymetry and has led to changes in the height of oceanic gateways that control the strength of deep-water flow over geologic timescales. This drilling program contains three objectives: (1) to test contrasting hypotheses for the formation of V-shaped ridges that are the result of interaction between the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Iceland plume; (2) to understand temporal changes in ocean circulation and explore connections with plume activity; and (3) to reconstruct the evolving chemistry of hydrothermal fluids with increasing crustal age, varying sediment thickness, and crustal architecture.

Expedition 395 is based on IODP Proposal 892-Full2 (Mantle Dynamics, Paleoceanography and Climate Evolution in the North Atlantic Ocean) and will target the sediments and igneous basement along with downhole logging at sites east of the Reykjanes Ridge. Five sites have already been visited during Expeditions 384 and 395C, in support of Expedition 395. For more information on Expeditions 395 and 395C refer to the Expedition website:

The proposed sites intersect V-shaped ridges/troughs pairs and sample the Bjorn and Gardar sediment drifts. Millennial-scale paleoclimate records are contained within rapidly accumulated sediments of contourite drifts in this region. The accumulation rate of the sediments is a proxy for current strength, and the sediments also provide constraints for climatic events including Pliocene warmth, the onset of Northern Hemisphere Glaciation, and abrupt Late Pleistocene climate change. Major, trace and isotope geochemistry of basalts will allow us to observe spatial and temporal variations in mantle melting processes. This combined approach will explore relationships between deep Earth processes, ocean circulation, and climate.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: We encourage applications from qualified scientists (including graduate students) in: (1) physical properties; (2) stratigraphic correlation with an emphasis in cyclostratigraphy; and (3) and biostratigraphers specializing in Neogene nannofossils, diatoms, or radiolarians.

The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) is committed to a policy of broad participation and inclusion, and to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all participants. Good working knowledge of the English language is required.

COVID-19 Protocol: The JRSO has created a protocol to safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. If pandemic conditions have not improved by summer 2023, the expedition may need to sail with a reduced shipboard contingent. However, all participants will maintain their designation as science party members regardless of whether they sail or not, and will have equal access to all expedition data and core materials. The protocol is available here:

ECORD Summer School Support

ANZIC is excited to announce that we will be supporting an an Australia/New Zealand ANZIC member applicant to attend the ECORD Summer School – Sea level, climate variability and coral reefs program, September 5-16 2022 at the MARUM – center for Marine Environmental Sciences and IODP Bremen Core Repository, University of Bremen, Germany.

ECORD website/information:

ECORD Summer School flyer:


  • To be eligible to apply you must be affiliated to an ANZIC member Institution or partnered organisation.
  • To be eligible for this support you must be an honour student, Masters, PhD or a Postdoc.
  • Successful applicant 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 destination.
  • It is agreed that Institutions will cover any additional cost related to delays to a return or additional quarantine costs.
  • You will have a valid passport. Visa expenses will be covered by ANZIC but organised by the applicant and reimbursed.

Application & Selection Process

Applications are now being accepted and we would encourage you to apply if you are a Honours student, Masters, PhD or Postdoctoral.

Online Application Form.

The deadline for applications is on 31 May 2022.

Suc­cess­ful ap­p­li­cants will be no­ti­fied by e-mail about ad­mis­si­on in June 2022. Af­ter re­cei­ving the ac­cep­tan­ce let­ter, admitted participants will be required to notify ANZIC of their acceptance. The ANZIC science committee will determine who will be the successful candidate for participation support. ANZIC will confirm your participation via email with ECORD and payment will be made for the course fee.

Travel Support

ANZIC provides travel support for the successful ANZIC participant;

  • Travel to and from Bremen, Germany
  • Accommodation and Breakfast for the duration of the course
  • Transfer to and from airport (reimbursement)
  • Course fee
  • Any visas if required (you must have a valid passport)
  • Cost of any pre-flight COVID-19 tests (reimbursement)

NOTE: Travel support will only be provided once you have met all the eligibility requirements and approved by the ANZIC Science Committee.

CALL: Expedition 400 NW Greenland Glaciated Margin


Apply to participate in JOIDES Resolution Expedition 400: NW Greenland Glaciated Margin

12 August to 12 October 2023

The sea-level consequences of anthropogenic climate forcing hinge on how the polar ice sheets respond to global warming. If fully melted the Greenland Ice Sheet has the potential to raise sea-level by >7 m. We know very little of its long-term responses to past climate warming or its role in Earth’s climate system. IODP Expedition 400 seeks to address current knowledge gaps in the evolution and variability of the northern Greenland Ice Sheet (NGrIS). The key science objectives are:

(1) to determine maximum and minimum NGrIS configurations during the Pleistocene, from shelf edge glaciation to hypothesized complete ice loss, e.g. during super-interglacials; (2) test the glacial response to pCO2 across the early ice house stage of the middle Cenozoic;  (3) unravel NGrIS erosion history and sedimentary response across major transitions, e.g. Mid-Miocene Transition and Mid-Pleistocene Transition; and (4) reconstruct the Pliocene ocean circulation and northward heat advection through Baffin Bay and potential Arctic ocean gateways.

These objectives will be accomplished by transect-drilling at seven sites to depths of 300-1000 m across the northwest Greenland margin into Baffin Bay. The seven sites will provide a composite stratigraphic succession from Oligocene through the Quaternary. The key targets are: (a) a continous Pleistocene succession representing a deep water channel-drift that forms the distal part of the Melville Bay Trough Mouth Fan; (b) multiple intervals of potential interglacial deposits preserved within intra-shelf depressions; (c) contourite deposits of likely Pliocene age, accessible below a thin glacigenic cover; and (d) a hemi-pelagic basin succession of likely Miocene age exposed by glacial erosion on the inner shelf. Downhole wireline logging is planned for several sites. 

For more information on the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution schedule see This page includes links to the individual expedition web pages with the original IODP proposals and expedition planning information.

Application deadline: 1 June 2022

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 many shipboard specialties, including sedimentologists, biostratigraphers (microfossil and palynomorph), organic geochemists (including biomarkers and sedDNA), inorganic geochemists, microbiologists, physical properties specialists/borehole geophysicists (including downhole measurements and stratigraphic correlation), and paleomagnetists. We are especially interested in recruiting scientists keen to engage in multidisciplinary research. Good working knowledge of the English language is required.

Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB)

Two Information Sessions – No registration needed!

The IODP Science Support Office will hold two office hours focused on the Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB), the data submission system for IODP proposals. During the session, SSDB experts will be available to answer your questions about the SSDB system and the process for submitting data. Registration is not required; simply bring your questions. The first session will be held on April 14 at 07:00 PDT (April 14 at 14:00 UTC), and the second on April 14 at 19:00 PDT (April 15 at 02:00 UTC). Join either session at:


ANZIC Director – Position

ANZIC Director

Apply now Job no: 544271
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Academic Level D / E
Salary package: $149,002 – $194,637 (pro rata for part-time) per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Part-time / Full-time, Fixed Term until December 2023

The Area

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is the world’s largest scientific geoscience program, providing drilling vessels capable of coring and inserting downhole observatories far below the seabed in most water depths and water conditions. The IODP also hosts giant regional core repositories located in the USA, Europe and Japan.

Australia and New Zealand form the Australia and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) within IODP and contribute to drilling platform operating costs in exchange for scientific participation on the expeditions, ability to submit expedition proposals, and priority access to sampled material and data. ANZIC is responsible for fostering and broadening national interest and participation in IODP research, and for managing and funding Australian and New Zealand researcher participation in IODP activities.

ANZIC is hosted at the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences, Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth sciences, and home to the largest concentration of Earth scientists in Australia.

The Position

The ANZIC Director provides leadership and management for ANZIC, and is accountable to and works to implement ANZIC’s strategy and directions as set by the ANZIC Governing Council. The ANZIC Director is responsible for effective and efficient operation of ANZIC (specifically for the budget, leadership, and operational management of the ANZIC office, including supervision of office staff) as well as promoting ANZIC and growing effective engagement with the Australian research community, and key stakeholders.

This position is based at the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences, and is available on a part or full time appointment. The ANZIC Director reports to Director, Research School of Earth Sciences and is expected to act in accordance with the polices determined by the ANZIC Governing Council and the policies and procedures of the ANU.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have a PhD and have a track record of independent research in the field of marine geoscience and/or equivalent experience in research infrastructure management in a field that can be related to scientific ocean drilling. The ability to lead by example, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills will enable you to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels in line with the RSES Culture Statement

The Australian National University is a world-leading academic institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please click here. To see what the Science at ANU community is like, we invite you to follow us on social media at Instagram and Facebook.

For more information about the position please contact Professor Stephen Eggins on T: +61 2 6125 3420 or E:

More Information:

IODP Call for Proposals

IODP Call for Proposals

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) explores Earth’s climate history, structure,
mantle/crust dynamics, natural hazards, and deep biosphere as described in the IODP Science Plan
( IODP facilitates international and interdisciplinary research
on transformative and societally relevant topics using the ocean drilling, coring, and down-hole
measurement facilities JOIDES Resolution, Chikyu, and Mission-Specific Platforms (MSP). This notice
describes proposals that will be accepted for the April 1, 2022, deadline:

• JOIDES Resolution: The number of proposals currently in the system for the JOIDES Resolution
provide many high-quality options for scheduling the ship through the end of the current program;
therefore, new submissions are not requested. Revisions and addendums to any proposal that is
already in the system will be accepted.

• Chikyu: New Complementary Project Proposals (CPPs) are encouraged, but other new riser and
riseless proposals for the Chikyu may not be submitted at this time. Revisions and addendums to any
proposal that is already in the system will be accepted.

• Mission-Specific Platforms: MSP expeditions are planned to operate once a year to drill/core
targets that are inaccessible by the other facilities (e.g., shallow water, enclosed seas,
ice-covered seas) in any ocean basin until the end of 2024. After that date, MSP expeditions might
be implemented in all drilling environments. New and revised MSP proposals for any ocean basin are

For more information on the submission process, please visit:

Investigators are reminded that the interval from the first proposal submission to expedition scheduling is on the order of 4-5 years due to the science and safety review process and required lead time for scheduling, and that adequate site characterization/site survey data are critical for success. Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the facility’s science operator to discuss platform-specific operational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals:


In memory of Professor Leanne Armand

We regret to announce to the ANZIC and IODP communities that Leanne Armand, ANZIC Director and remarkable scientific leader, passed away on January 4, 2021.

Those of us lucky enough to have worked closely with Leanne, and to know her well, have lost a truly special colleague and friend. We are heartbroken by this loss but are blessed with countless fond memories.

Leanne will be remembered as an exceptional mentor and scientific leader, who was completely and selflessly dedicated to the success of ANZIC and the IODP, and to supporting the careers of our new and emerging researchers. Leanne was tireless in her efforts to make the world a better place.

Leanne invigorated ANZIC and transformed its standing and influence in the international scientific drilling program. This will have enduring impact for generations to come, as will her contributions to the science of the Southern Ocean and diatom distributions and ecology, which will continue to guide and inspire future research.

Leanne, somehow, always managed to bring her unique good humour and indomitable spirit to the fore despite the challenges of her illness and the added difficulties imposed by the pandemic.  We were pleased to learn Leanne was able to experience Christmas and New Year surrounded by her close family. We offer our sincere condolences to all of them, especially Stephane, Leanne’s husband, and to Gaston and Maxime her two boys.

The Funeral Service for Professor Leanne Armand will be on Thursday, January 13 2022 @ 4:30pm (AEST). A virtual link is available from the IODP administrator, please contact Kelly Kenney at for further details.

Professor Leanne Armand’s obituary can be found HERE.