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 iodp.administrator@anu.edu.au for further details.

Professor Leanne Armand’s obituary can be found HERE.