Skip to Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Scientific Drilling at the University of Otago
Monthly updates for those involved in, or interested in, Scientific Drilling at the University of Otago

LATE CALL -IODP Expedition 385 – biostratigrapher

The Co-Chief Scientists and Expedition Project Manager/Staff Scientist are offering a special call to ANZIC researchers with expertise in diatom or nannofossil biostratigraphy.

Expedition 385 will be at sea for two months between September and November 2019.

The team will core and log a series of sites in the Guaymas Basin to investigate the relationship of tectonics, magmatism, sedimentation, carbon cycling, and microbial activity.
The primary objectives are to:

(1) explore the physical and chemical gradients along active and extinct fluid pathways associated with sill emplacement;

(2) investigate subsurface microbial communities that are sustained by alteration products, in order to determine how efficiently they capture carbon-bearing alteration products; and

(3) advance our understanding of the conditions that limit life in the deep biosphere.
Applications from the ANZIC community must be forwarded to Leanne Armand ( and ANZIC Science Committee Chair, Mike Coffin ( using the Application to sail submission form located at:

Due Date for Special Call: 28th August 2018.

June ANZIC Bulletin


In this bulletin:
Geosciences 2018 – Napier
ANZIC Team Update
Expedition 376
Geological Society of Japan -International Award
Rise and fall of the Great Barrier Reef
IODP School of Rock 2018
RV Investigator Supplementary applications now open.
AGU Fall Meeting 2018
Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference
Origins of Oil, old organics, and organisms.

Open ANZIC Bulletin 21 June 2018 for more info

July 9 2018 Monthly meeting – due today but happening via email instead

Hi everyone

We were due to have a meeting of Otago Scientific Drilling people today but Gary is away rebuilding a hospital in Vanuatu and I am in Japan
Thus, I am just emailing relevant things. There are two on my list. If you have anything else to advise people of please reply to this email with them.
1. Value Proposition to MBIE for support of NZ IODP

I emailed you all last week asking if you could check this document (which is attached again here with my additions) and advise me of any changes – particularly to the tables at the end where there are lists of student and postdoc projects, associated research grants, and the section of the report which provides details of future drilling proposals (“Future IODP Proposals in New Zealand Region). PLEASE ADD TO THIS AND RETURN TO ME BY THIS THURSDAY.

I will prepare and circulate a similar document for ICDP later this week in which I will try to summarize what I know of your associated research grants etc (we have a  lost from the OAR application) but it will again require checking.

NZIODP Infrastructure VP 030718-PB-VT

2. Short course in scientific drilling

I have just finished teaching a very successful short course in Scientific Drilling at Hokkaido University. During this, 9 international (NZ, China, Italy, France, Nepal, Angora, Australia/USA) and 4 Japanese students learned about Structural Geological, Geophysical, and Paleoenvironmental analyses from a Japanese (Hokkaido, JAMSTEC, GSJ) and International (NZ = Chris Moy, Ireland) faculty group. They enjoyed a combination of lectures, practical classes that included examination of cores loaned to us by Kochi core repository, and fieldwork to validate and upscale drilling-related observations. 

I think this was extremely successful – the student feedback confirms this – and am currently preparing an application for a similar course next year – but I will only be able to run the course next year if we get more enrollments than we did this year. The NZ BSc(Hons) and MSc students who participated were able to get credit for one 20 point 400-level course by participating and I will ensure this is also the case in 2019. However, applications for next year from international students have to be submitted by the end of February 2019 but this does not equate to a commitment to attend. So please advise your current students of this opportunity and get them thinking about it. I will send a flyer for the 2019 course in ~September this year.


Thanks everyone


Sessions of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community, taking place at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, December 10-14 in Washington, DC

AGU abstract submission deadline is 1 August 2018, 11:59 P.M. EDT.
Submit your abstract:
Your session is not listed? Email us at and we’ll be happy to include your session to the list.


T017. Exploring Subduction Initiation Processes and Subduction Zone Dynamics: New Insights from Scientific Drilling, Marine Geophysics and Ophiolites
T032. Oceanic Lithosphere: Structure and Evolution from Creation to Destruction
T035. Seafloor Geodesy — Measuring Deformation of the Seabed
S008. Environmental seismology: using geophysical tools for Earth surface processes research
V011. Chemistry and Physics of Redox reactions in the Solid Earth
V018. Deciphering Magma-Tectonic Interactions in Rifts, Arcs, Ridges and Volcanic Fields
V026. Integrating perspectives on East African Rift magmatism from satellite to subsurface measurements
V027. Interdisciplinary Characterization of Volcanic Explosion Source Dynamics
V037. Sulfur – a unique player for redox evolution, volatile degassing, metal transport in magmatic, volcanic, and hydrothermal systems
V044. Volcano Seismology and Acoustics: Recent Advances in Understanding Volcanic Processes
MR023. Volatile Elements in Planetary Interiors: Storage, Cycling, and Implications
DI022. The Role of Lithosphere Heterogeneities in Shaping Plate Kinematics and Subduction Dynamics

June 17, 2018: Deadline to apply for Workshop: Scientific Exploration of the Arctic and North Pacific ()

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline to apply for this ocean drilling workshop is 4 days away:

Scientific Exploration of the Arctic and North Pacific (SEA-NorP)
September 25-27, 2018; Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon, USA
At the workshop, we will develop proposals for scientific ocean drilling in the Northern Pacific, Bering Sea and Western Arctic Ocean region, including GeoPRISMS primary site, the Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone. The drilling platform, JOIDES Resolution, is scheduled to operate in the Pacific in 2023. To ensure that the ship is used to best advantage, now is the time to develop proposals that could be linked through regional drilling strategies.

Our goal is to initiate multiple proposals around GeoPRISMS-related themes such as geohazards and volatile cycling, as well as other themes including ocean gateways, ice histories at transition zones, biosphere and climate.

The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants. The deadline to apply is June 17, 2018. Travel grants are available thanks to funding from USSSP-IODP, the National Science Foundation and ECORD. Graduate students, early career scientists and those new to IODP are encouraged to apply.

Draft agenda attached. For more information and to apply, visit the workshop website:
Thank you,

Workshop Conveners: Lindsay Worthington (UNM), Bernard Coakley (UAF), Matthias Forwick (UiT – Tromsø), Juliane Mueller (Alfred Wegener Institute), Summer Praetorius (USGS), and Kristen St. John (JMU)

Workshop Science Committee: Jessica Larsen (UAF), Alan Mix (Oregon State), Terry Plank (LDEO), Donna Shillington (LDEO), Harold Tobin (Wisconsin)


Lindsay Lowe Worthington
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
University of New Mexico
office: 505-277-2831
cell: 512-779-4565

Provide information on outcomes of past IODP work?

Hi everyone

I’ve just received an email from Stuart Henrys that indicates that there is a chance that MBIE will support long term membership fees for IODP and ICDP under the Infrastructure Component of the SSIF.

However, we have to make a good case to MBIE that these memberships are beneficial to us. We can best do that by demonstrating results/benefits/impacts of past consortia-associated research.

To help build this case, can you please take a few minutes to add information about this in the format of the attached document (which is based on Hikurangi)? In particular:

list complementary funded science proposals and funded voyages.
Student information .. year(s) institution, degree, worked on material from which IODP leg, etc
Post Doc information

Many many thanks

Reminder – analytical funding deadline June 1 5pm

ANZIC funding for analytical work on IODP legacy material
The International Ocean Discovery Program, in its various iterations, has collected core material from all over the globe, since 1969. ANZIC encourages our research community to take advantage of this exceptional resource by conducting short research projects in support of existing research or scope out a new line of enquiry.

Funding is available to researchers working in ANZIC’s Australian member institutions. Awards of up to AU $10,000 and AU$20,000 are available. Funding is awarded for analytical work on IODP Legacy material, leading to publication.
Please read full details of this opportunity at the link below.
Applications by individuals or teams expected by Friday, June 1st (5pm), sent to Program Scientist, Leanne Armand ( and Science Committee Chair, Rob McKay (

ANZIC Bulletin, 17 May 2018

Hi all

The latest ANZIC Bulletin is available in PDF form here

The major things it covers are:

  • Special Analytical Funding for Australian-based researchers working on IODP Legacy material has a deadline for applicitions of 31 May 2018
  • New ANZIC Governing Council list
  • Expedition 376 – Brothers Arc Flux is just starting and there is some information about it
  • Comments on the implications of the Australian federal budget for ANZIC funding
  • Australian STEM group meeting report
  • Employment opportunities
    • Communications officer
    • Some academic positions at U Melbourne
  • Announcement of an IODP workshop to consider Scientific Exploration of the Arctic and Northern Pacific, 25-27 Sept, Mt Hood, Oregon. Please follow the link in the PDF if you think you can and should attend. Note that you cannot draw on ANZIC support to do so.

NSF GeoPRISMS Program Solicitation

From the GeoPRISMS Office:

NSF has just released the new GeoPRISMS solicitation:

Full Proposal Target Date: August 13, 2018

Important revisions this year include:
– Large field projects that involve ship time, significant resources, or where the fieldwork is a significant fraction of the budget (>15%) are no longer accepted to the program;
– In order to encourage synthesis and integration of multidisciplinary datasets and models, we will welcome conference proposals throughout the year, separately from the full proposal Target Date;
– Postdoctoral proposals now only require two letters of reference
– Postdoctoral Fellows are now called Postdoctoral Scholars

Questions should be directed to PO Jennifer Wade:; (703) 292-4739 or Maurice Tivey:; (703) 292-7710

[GeoPRISMS] Student survey for U.S. crustal-scale marine seismic imaging capabilities

Dear Peers and Colleagues,

We are organizing a student response to NSF’s decision to divest from the R/V Marcus G. Langseth by 2020. If you are a student who feels that your future research and training opportunities are impacted by this decision, we ask that you complete this brief survey by Friday, May 11:

If you are not a student, we ask that you consider sharing our survey with students who relate to the description above. Survey participants will be provided the opportunity to sign a response letter stating student interests in academic crustal-scale seismic imaging facilities.


Dominik Kardell, University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics
Bridgit Boulahanis, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Andrew Gase, University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics
Hannah Mark, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
Justin Estep, Texas A&M University
Ethan Williams, California Institute of Technology
Amanda Price, Washington University in St. Louis
Colin White, Stanford University
Brendan Philip, University of Washington

The GeoPRISMS Office is hosted by The Pennsylvania State University.
Questions? Contact the GeoPRISMS Office at
To contribute to the GeoPRISMS Listserv, please send your message to
Subscribe Unsubscribe

The Pennsylvania State University | Department of Geosciences
GeoPRISMS Program 503 Deike Building University Park, PA 16802