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Director's welcome

Well, what a year!
This bumper issue of the ANZIC Bulletin, our last for the year, is testament to the level of achievement and activity through 2023. There have been many highlights, so grab a coffee and enjoy the read!

We were made to wait, but the most important news of the year was the announcement of new funding under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). This gives as much-needed clarity beyond 2024, after the end of our current ARC LIEF grant, but also creates immediate new opportunities - namely ICDP membership and involvement in an exciting new JR Academy initiative.

February and March were flat out with our ANZIC Roadshow, closely followed by the Future DEEP workshop in April. After feedback from the global community, you can now read the Future DEEP workshop report  - see the item below! New Zealand hosted two successful ICDP workshops during 2023, the report from one of which - FACET - is included in this Bulletin. Our other major event was hosting the IODP Forum and Program Member Office meetings in Wollongong in October.

2024 kicks off in mid-January with the next edition of ANZIC's Marine Geoscience Masterclass (now endorsed as a UN Ocean Decade activity!), led by Helen Bostock and Luke Nothdurft in Brisbane and on Heron Island.

There are of course five IODP expeditions still to come in 2024! The most notable of these is Expedition 403, the last under IODP for the revered JOIDES Resolution. Simon George is our next IODP expeditioner and we wish him well as he makes final preparations for Expedition 401 to the Mediterranean/Atlantic gateway from 10 December.

Finally, I'd like to acknowledge and thank Agathe Lisé-Pronovost for her leadership and support as Chair of the ANZIC Science Committee in 2023. By the time of the next Bulletin, Myra Keep will have taken the reigns and if you'd like to follow in the footsteps of Agathe and Myra, the call for Science Committee Vice Chair is open - as is a call for new members of our Science Committee.

As this will be the last Bulletin for 2023, on behalf of Sarah, Kelly, Janelle and myself, I'd like to wish the ANZIC community a safe, enjoyable and relaxing festive season. Thank you everyone for your engagement, support and encouragement in 2023.

Ron Hackney

Director, ANZIC-IODP

Opportunities: Science Committee

Join our Science Committee!

ANZIC is on the lookout for vibrant and passionate individuals to join the renowned ANZIC Science Committee. If you have a keen interest in international and interdisciplinary research, a love for collaboration, and a desire to make a meaningful impact on Earth's mysteries, this is the opportunity for you!

The Science Committee has oversight of ANZIC's scientific program, including setting criteria and assessing and ranking applications for expeditions, post-expedition support, legacy projects and workshops.

What's in it for you?

Water wave Knowledge boost: Enhance your understanding of IODP and ICDP science, operations and opportunities! Gain valuable insights into cutting-edge research themes from climate, deep life, geodynamics, geohazards, and resources on land and in the vast ocean.

🤝 Collaborate globally: Forge connections with professionals, researchers, and institutions nationally and worldwide, creating opportunities for collaboration and growth. Connect with experts from around Australia and broaden your network within the IODP and ICDP communities.

🌍 Impactful contribution: Be a key player in decisions that shape scientific and educational opportunities, funding support, and governance at ANZIC.

🌈 ANZIC celebrates a spectrum of perspectives! ANZIC proudly boasts a committee rich in diversity, welcoming applicants from various backgrounds, including post-graduate students, early and mid-career researchers.

This is your invitation to become part of our dynamic team and contribute your distinct thoughts and unique viewpoint at the ANZIC table! 

Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates in member institutions not currently represented on the ANZIC Science Committee (Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of Wollongong, University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, NIWA, University of Otago).
Expressions of interest close December 8, 2023.

Find out more & apply

Thanks to Science Committee Chair

Agathe Lise-Pronovost 


ANZIC is extremely grateful to outgoing Chair of our Science Committee, Agathe Lise-Pronovost from the University of Melbourne.

Agathe has been at the helm during a time of particular uncertainty and we are grateful for her leadership. Her strong support for the ANZIC roadshow was invaluable, and she has enabled many students and researchers to go overseas and reconnect after COVID.

Agathe comments:
"It's been wonderful to work with an inspiring team of leaders -  from all career levels and backgrounds - with a shared passion for positively shaping the future of scientific drilling."

"The SC Chair was a fantastic experience on many levels and I encourage EMCRs to apply." 

"I found it immensely satisfying to work along with the ANZIC team to create opportunities, and support students and researchers in the scientific drilling community to reach their goals."

"I also learnt useful leadership skills and developed relationships that made a positive impact on my career."

Are you our new Science Committee Vice Chair?


We are currently seeking expressions of interest in serving as Vice-Chair of the ANZIC Science Committee in 2024. The role is supported by the ANZIC office.

This is a great opportunity to be part of ANZIC's leadership team, and make a positive impact on your own career (see what outgoing Chair, Agathe Lise-Pronovost, says about the role above).

The term is nominally three years: one year as Vice-Chair, followed by a year as Chair, and then one year as Emeritus Chair. To be eligible you will need current or past experience serving on the ANZIC Science Committee, ANZIC Governing Council or equivalent experience on a relevant board.

Apply by December 8, 2023.

Find out more & apply

Special Call:
Carbonate sedimentologist

Expedition 389 

Hawaiian Drowned Reefs


We are seeking a carbonate sedimentologist with special expertise in crustose coralline algal taxonomy to join the Onshore Science Party of Expedition 389 from 6-26 February, 2024, in Marum, Bremen (Germany).

Extensive skills and experience in the analysis and the paleoenvironmental interpretation of coralline algae in Quaternary fossil coral reef deposits across the Indo-Pacific, including Hawaii, is necessary.

This scientist will oversee the analysis of the coralline algal deposits throughout the Exp. 389 cores, contributing to the paleo ecologic and stratigraphic objectives, while also providing precise paleowater depths for the reconstruction of past sea level changes.  (See more about this expedition later in the Bulletin.)

If you, or anyone you know, fits the bill please check out this opportunity or pass it on!

Find out more & apply

International training

Apply to join the JR Academy - fire to ice

8-25 April, 2024


Apply now to be a part of this transformative experience to grow your STEM skills, seize new opportunities, build networks, and contribute to international knowledge exchange.

ANZIC, in collaboration with the International Ocean Discovery Program's U.S. Science Support Program, invites First Nation's students and mentors to set sail on an unparalleled adventure in STEM exploration!

Join us for the 2024 JR Academy aboard the JOIDES Resolution. This year, the JR Academy is dedicated to bridging the gaps between Western and Indigenous sciences, benefiting First Nations Peoples. Students will immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of Earth and ocean science activities, complemented by hands-on experiences in science communication and career development.

If accepted into the JR Academy, ANZIC covers all travel and participation fees for both students and mentors. This includes medicals, visas, flights, meals, and accommodation throughout the program. Please note that insurance and primary researcher salaries are not covered and should be arranged through your host institute.

Spread the Word, Share the Opportunity!

ANZIC mentors, apply by January 2 using this form.

Undergraduate students, apply by December 31.

Find out more

ANZIC Marine Geoscience Masterclass

Queensland


Our 2024 Masterclass is ready to go!
We were overwhelmed with nearly 100 very impressive applicants! The 25 course places are now filled with the brightest and most amazing students who we think will get so much from the experience. Many thanks to our Science Committee who took on the big task of assessing the applications!

We are also thrilled that the event has been endorsed as an official activity of the UN Ocean Decade.
Huge thanks to Helen Bostock and Luke Nothdurft (UQ and QUT) who are convening the Masterclass, lining up a truely amazing program. Thanks also to the many volunteers from the hosting universities and Lorna Strachan - from our Science Committee - who is the key note speaker. 

Our future priorities

Future D.E.E.P report

Read it now!

 

ANZIC's Future DEEP Workshop, held earlier this year, was a exciting opportunity to develop the next generation of innovative drilling ideas and proposals, focusing on the needs and interests of the Australian and New Zealand scientific communities.

The science priorities and research opportunities that emerged are now brilliantly synthesised and detailed in our Future DEEP Report - now available for you to read and share online.

Our goal is to share this information to create new opportunities and increase international collaborations for scientific drilling in our region. Through this report, ANZIC is providing an Australian and New Zealand perspective on the future of global science that can be supported by scientific drilling on the continents and throughout the world ocean.

Read more in the report about the science priorities arising from the Future DEEP Workshop:

  • Antarctica and the Southern Ocean coordination
  • Ground-truthing future climate change
  • Geohazards
  • Coastal zone
  • Kickstarting Australian ICDP membership
  • Legacy Assets Projects
  • Deep biosphere
Read it now!

Preparing to sail

Expedition 401

Mediterranean-Atlantic Gateway Exchange

Past changes to the gateway between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean created some phenomenal events and changed ocean circulation and chemistry. Scientist will drill down – on land and under sea – to understand the details.

ANZIC expeditioner, Prof. Simon George, will be there, loving being at sea.

Meet the expeditioner

Simon George, Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University’s School of Natural Sciences, will travel as ANZIC’s expeditioner on 401, from December 2023. Simon is an organic geochemist and sails as one of the expedition’s sedimentologists. 

“As a sedimentologist, you’re the first to inspect and interpret the cores as they are brought aboard,” he explains. “You’re seeing metres and metres of sediment - records of these past processes - that no one has ever seen before. It’s a great buzz. A sense of discovery.” 

Examining the cores will allow the team to reconstruct flow between the Atlantic and Mediterranean as the marine corridors became restricted and closed in the Miocene, while correlating this with climate events, to understand and quantify the global cooling caused by changes to Atlantic–Mediterranean exchange. 

“We can analyse the sediments and look for biomarkers, chemicals that are markers of particular biological processes,” Professor George explains. “You can think of them as chemical fossils.” 

“We can use them to illuminate the last 15 million years of ocean chemistry and flow in and out of the Mediterranean.”

Read the whole story on our website.

The Atlantic-Mediterranean gateway has a dramatic history. A complete and detailed record of Miocene changes will be uncovered and carefully examined by the IMMAGE project (Investigating Miocene Mediterranean-Atlantic Gateway Exchange), by using scientific drilling to recover under-water sediment cores on IODP Expedition 401, along with onshore drilling through International Continental Scientific Drilling (ICDP). It's a truly ground-breaking Land-2-Sea initiative.

“I love being on ships. I love being at sea. I love being part of a highly skilled and dedicated team, working towards a common cause.” 


“What you find doesn’t just tell you about the past, it informs the future.” 

Read on

Book a Ship-to-shore

Expedition 401 on the JOIDES Resolution

Ship-to-shore opportunities, live from the JR to your event or classroom, are available from December 17 to February 1.
Book now!

Current expeditions

Expedition 389

Hawaiian Drowned Reefs

The offshore phase of this expedition has come to an end after a very exciting two months offshore the Big Island of Hawaii.

Right: Offshore participants minus an EPM (sleeping) and colleagues from the first leg. MMAValourBridge@ECORD_IODP.
Below: A complete double ānuenue (rainbow) right after sunrise west of the island of Hawaii - Hawaii has a lot of rainbows!
Due to the facilities available offshore, only a minimum number of measurements were made on the vessel, and not all of the Science Party participated. The entire team will meet for an onshore phase at the IODP Bremen Core Repository and MARUM laboratories (Germany) in February 2024.
Note that the Onshore Science Party have issued a Special Call for a carbonate sedimentologist with special expertise in crustose coralline algal taxonomy.

Professor Jody Webster, Co-Chief Scientist, filled us in on the expedition to date:
 

“The expedition was an incredible adventure - filled with many ups and downs but overall we collected a truly spectacular sequence of fossil reef material that spans important intervals over the past 500,000 years."


"I'm confident that we have recovered a globally unique record of past sea level, climate and coral reef responses - particularly during several of the crucial but poorly understood glacial terminations."

"The 400 plus meters of cores are now on their way to Bremen - with a brief stop-over in the UK for 3D CT-scanning - where the entire Exp. 389 science team will gather for the Onshore Science Party to carefully split, describe and subsample the cores for the exciting post expedition science."

"On a personal note, I would like to thank the ANZIC community for all their wonderful support over the years. It's taken a long time to get to this point in the expedition so I'm deeply appreciative of all the support and encouragement I've received along the way.”

See also the Expedition's website, blog site, and Scientific Prospectus.

SWAIS 2C is on the ice!

We're thrilled to bring you the latest update on the SWAIS 2C project, an Antarctic mission poised for groundbreaking discoveries!

Traverse Team Triumph

This season's drill site at is at the Kamb Ice Stream on the margin of the Ross Ice Shelf. In a momentous achievement, Traverse Team K408A safely arrived at site, marking a historic milestone as the first vehicles along the South Pole Overland Traverse route this year. The team's dedication and expertise have paved the way for the establishment of the SWAIS 2C camp, setting the stage for the extensive research efforts ahead.

Antarctic Field Training Triumph

Our intrepid science team has successfully completed the mandatory Antarctic Field Training (AFT), gearing up for the challenges that lie ahead. This essential preparation ensures the safety and readiness of our researchers for the remarkable journey that awaits. Hopefully the science team will be off to KIS-3 in a couple of days.

SWAIS 2C is a collaborative effort on a global scale, with over 120 individuals from around 35 international research organisations. Among them are approximately 25 early-career researchers, contributing their energy and expertise to this monumental project.
The collaborative spirit unites researchers from New Zealand, the United States, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, Spain, Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Find out more

Travel grant

Leanne Armand Travel Grant

Extended deadline!

The Australasian Quaternary Association has extended the deadline for applications for the 2024 Leanne Armand Travel Award.

The award consists of a travel stipend up to $3000 for postgraduate and early- to mid-career researchers based in Australia. Preference is given to travel aimed at learning microfossil identification or advanced characterisation techniques from an expert.

The award was established in honour of the Late Professor Leanne Armand, much-loved former ANZIC Director.

Applications are now due 15 February, 2024.

Find out more & apply

ANZIC office news

GeoSciences '23

New Zealand

The Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2023 was held in November at Victoria University of Wellington.

GeoDiscoveryNZ was a bronze sponsor of the event and we maintained a booth through the duration ably assisted by Marianna Terezow, Stuart Henrys (both GNS Science) and Ron Hackney (ANZIC).

Visitors to the booth were encouraged to share GeoDiscoveryNZ’s presence at the conference by posting a photo of the booth to social media and tagging ANZIC and GeoDiscoveryNZ, in exchange for some merchandise. Ron's presentation at the conference ‘Future Opportunities for Australia and New Zealand in international scientific drilling’ was well attended.

IODP Science Evaluation Panel (SEP)

Announcing ANZIC representatives


We are delighted to introduce and congratulate the successful applicants, Dr. Hugo Olierook from Curtin University and Dr. Jess Hillman from GNS Science, who will be representing the Australia and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) on the esteemed IODP Science Evaluation Panel (SEP).

Their dedication to advancing scientific research aligns seamlessly with ANZIC's commitment to making impactful contributions to the global scientific community. With deep gratitude and appreciation, we extend our sincere thanks to Associate Professor Mark Kendrick from the University of Queensland for his contributions and support during his tenure as the ANZIC representative on the SEP from 2021 to 2023.
 

Dr. Hugo Olierook (Science Panel)

Dr. Olierook (Curtin University) brings a wealth of knowledge special ising in Geochemistry, Geochronology, and Tectonics. His expertise will undoubtedly contribute significantly to SEP's evaluations of scientific drilling proposals, advancing our understanding of Earth's processes.

Dr. Jess Hillman (Sites Panel)

Dr. Hillman (GNS Science) specialises in Geophysics, Gas Hydrates, Fluid Flux, and Submarine Slope Failure. Her expertise will be instrumental in shaping decisions related to potential drilling sites, ensuring the success of future scientific exploration endeavours.

We also extend our gratitude to all those who applied. The competition was strong, reflecting the outstanding calibre of professionals within our community. Your continued support and engagement are vital to the success of ANZIC. 

Celebrating with ANU

Research School of Earth Sciences turns 50

ANZIC's host institute - the Australian National University's Research School of Earth Sciences - celebrated its 50th Birthday this month.

The ANZIC office team enjoyed joining in, with a vibrant display, ANZIC cupcakes, and catching up with former Directors Neville Exon and Richard Arculus! 

Most excitingly, Prof. Maureen Raymo presented the 2023 Jaeger-Hales Lecture - there was standing room only and much discussion! Professor Raymo also spent time with students and ECRs, lending her wisdom and mentorship.

Where would You drill?

As part of our display, we asked visitors to pin point where - in the world's oceans - they'd like to drill.

You can join in too!
It's not too late to add your mark on our online 'Where Would You Drill?' map!

Upcoming events

National Science Week Grants (Australia)
Grant applications close 11 December, 2023, for activities held 10-18 August, 2024.
Find out more
 

AMOS 2024
5-9 February, 2024
Canberra, Australia

The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society's 30th Conference will profile the latest findings and applications of meteorology, climate science and oceanography across local, national and global scales.
Find out more
 

2024 Ocean Sciences Meeting
18-23 February, 2024
New Orleans, USA

The meeting welcomes a diverse community of scientists, students, journalists, policymakers, educators and organisations who are working toward a world where our global collaborations and partnerships can carry us into a sustainable future.
Find out more
 

Integrating Ocean Drilling and NASA Science
20-22 February, 2024
Washington D.C, USA

A workshop to explore missions to planet Earth. Virtual participation available.
Find out more
 

Workshop: Future of Scientific Ocean Drilling with MSPs & Chikyu
18-20 March, 2024
Nachikatsuura, Japan

Phase 2 workshop gathering submissions of drilling proposals for IODP3, jointly organised by ESSAC and J-DESC.
Find out more
 

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society: AOGS2024
23-28 June, 2024
Pyeongchang, South Korea

Abstracts and call for funding support closes 2 January.
Find out more

ANZIC & IODP meetings

ANZIC Governing Council Meeting, 7 December, 2023
 

IODP Meetings

Science Evaluation Panel, 10-11 January 2024, California, USA
JOIDES Resolution Facility Board, 8-9 May 2024, Hawaii, USA

IODP Publications

The latest issue of Scientific Drilling is a major highlight, containing these publications:

  • Towards an integrated system understanding for the Early Jurassic
  • Sediments from a glacially overprinted valley in Switzerland
  • Effects of drilling tools on sediment lithification and physical properties
  • Poor Man’s Line Scan
  • Drilling Pliocene lakes in western North America
  • Drilling Nicaraguan Lakes: bridging continents and oceans
  • Planning for the Lake Izabal Basin Research Endeavor
  • Mission-specific platform approaches to assessing natural hazards
  • Deep-time Arctic climate archives

Kenji Matsuzaki, Ann Holbourn, Wolfgang Kuhnt, Masayuki Ikeda, Li Gong, Variability of the Indonesian Throughflow and Australian monsoon across the mid Pleistocene transition (IODP 363, Site U1483), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, V 624.

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