Please welcome Dr Sarah Kachovich who will be joining us October, 15 2021 as the ANZIC Program Manager. Dr Sarah Kachovich will oversee ANZIC operations and will report directly to Professor Leanne Armand, ANZIC Program Director.

Dr Kachovich holds a first-class Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology from The University of Wollongong and a PhD in micropaleontology, specialising in Radiolaria taxonomy from The University of Queensland. Dr Kachovich’s major research focus has been on recognizing the latent biostratigraphical potential of Paleozoic Radiolaria, through investigating 3-D X-ray models. Her applied biostratigraphical research focuses on linking microfossils to tectonic problems, such as the Himalayan collision and the tectonic evolution of the New England orogen in eastern Australia.

Through ANZIC, Dr Kachovich had the opportunity to sail as a radiolarist on the IODP’s Expedition 362: Sumatra Subduction Zone. As for many, sailing on the JOIDES Resolution was a life-changing experience that jumpstarted and broadened her career, especially internationally. Since graduating from her PhD, Dr Kachovich moved to the heart of the IODP, to work for the JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) at Texas A&M University. At the JRSO, she has been deeply involved with the technical and operational aspect of the program, where she has sailed on a further five IODP expeditions as the Imaging Specialist.

When the modern world came to a standstill in 2020-21, with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the program had to adapt and keep drilling without its science party. While working closely with the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP), Dr Kachovich took the lead on the public relations movement via the program’s social platforms. Here she has been addressing the JRSO’s online social responsibility and moreover, been strengthening societal connections to the program by effectively communicating a relatable understanding of scientific exploration.

Dr Kachovich has worked extensively for gender equity within the Earth and environmental sciences in Australia, where she is a co-founder of the Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia Network (WOMEESA) and the Dorothy Hill Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Symposium.

Dr Kachovich supports our values and mission, and is full of energy and ideas to support ANZIC, and deepen and extend our network.

We are excited for you to join the ANZIC Team!