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ANZIC Bulletin

January, 2020

In this Bulletin:
  • Program Scientist’s Message
  • Ocean Planet Report now available
  • Advancing Future Scientific Ocean Drilling Update
  • Expedition News (Exp. 378 South Pacific Paleogene Climate)
    • ANZIC Report: Simon George
    • ANZIC Outreach Officer Report
    • Article about Exp 378. objectives
  • IODP News
    • Expression of Interest to Sail in 2021
    • IODP – Preliminary Proposal Workshop
    • Call for next round of Preproposals and JR ship track update
    • Apply for ECORD Summer School 
  • Other Opportunities
    • NIWA Marine Geologist Tech. position
  • Program Scientist’s Message

Dear ANZIC community members and supporters,

The bushfires across Australia have meant a sombre start to 2020. We know that many have been affected directly or indirectly in our wide community, and indeed our neighbours in New Zealand have experienced the smoke haze and had their glaciers dusted with the ashen dust from the east coast fires. As with any community, we pull together in such truly difficult times and provide support to those whose lives are changed in significant ways. Such step-change events require reflection in our ways of life, and needless to say, the world has received the first wake up call for change in our ways. We hope that those affected by the fires have access to the assistance they need to rebuild their lives and that those of us with colleagues affected, ensure we reach out and provide support no matter how small a gesture.

With the fires, and thus smoke haze over Canberra the last month, the ANZIC Office has been opened and closed in line with ANU campus closures. This said we have been able to keep the ball rolling, getting our ANZIC members on to Exp 378 (South Pacific Palaeogene) and finalising the Ocean Planet workshop report. Both of these items are detailed further in this Bulletin, although at the writing of this message, I have had word that the coring has started at the first site, so make sure you read the logs to see how they advance. The expedition will be cut short and a letter to the IODP community will be forthcoming from the JR Science Office and Facility Board to detail the nature of this shortened expedition.

2020 will be a big year for ANZIC as we wait for news on the renewal of the program (expected ~April-May). The Science Committee and Governing Council will be meeting soon to finalise the activities planned for our final year of ARC DP support. Please don’t forget to register your interest in future expeditions ( post 2020) via the Survey Monkey portal, so we can contact you to apply for opportunities if we are renewed.

I trust you will enjoy reading over, and including future reference to, the outcomes from the Ocean Planet workshop. We genuinely believe that the contributions from the workshop participants and submissions made during community input phases have been captured and thus provide a cohesive picture of the challenges and opportunities that our community hold for the future of scientific ocean drilling. I thank our Science Chairs at the time, Mike Coffin and Joanna Parr, for heading up the work, all of our theme leaders (Kliti Grice, Anais Pagès, Agathe Lisé-Pronovost, Ben Clennell, Nick Mortimer, Rob McKay, Helen McGregor, and Christina Riesselman) who coordinated and wrote up the themes, and Larisa Medenis for her tireless efforts in formatting and version editing support.


Leanne Armand

ANZIC Program Scientist.

  • Ocean Planet Report 

The ANZIC Ocean Planet Workshop report, "Ocean Planet: An ANZIC workshop report focused on future research challenges and opportunities for collaborative
international scientific ocean drilling" is
now available for viewing and download. The report forms part of the future international Science Strategic Plan beyond 2023.



  • Advancing Future Scientific Ocean Drilling Update

IODP Future: Recent activities

IODP Future: A new area of the IODP website has been established to document the planning process towards a new science plan.
ANZIC’s representatives contributing to the writing and working groups of the new Science Framework through to 2050 are:
Writing Team: Kliti Grice (Curtin University); Anais Pages (Dept of Water & Env. Regulation); Laura Wallace (GNS) and Rob McKay (Victoria University Wellington)
Working Group: Mike Coffin (University of Tasmania); Anais Pages (Dept of Water & Env. Regulation) and Stuart Henrys (GNS).
The the writing team met prior to the AGU Meeting in San Francisco last December. Below is the current timeline of Strategic Framework activities planned for 2020:


  • 12 Jan   All Draft Chapters were submitted for review.
  • 26 Jan   Reviews to be completed.
  • 21 Feb - 15 Mar   Posting of Version 1 for community commenting on
  • 24 Apr   Posting of Version 2 for community commenting on
  • Expedition News 
Exp. 378: South Pacific Paleogene Climate 

Simon George was asked "What are the top 3 things you couldn't live without on the JR?"


ANZIC Expedition Report

Expedition 378 (South Pacific Paleogene Climate) began on 3 January 2020 in Lautoka, Fiji, and is scheduled to end on 6 February 2020 in Papeete, Tahiti. 

The ANZIC team for Exp. 378 includes Dr. Chris Hollis from GNS Science, Claire Concannon from the Otago Museum and Prof. Simon George from Macquarie University. 

Simon has outlined a REPORT on his role and activities on the expedition.

For daily science reports and expedition photos, please see the following link: Expedition 378 

ANZIC Outreach Officer Report

Clare Concannon, Otago Museum's Science Outreach Projects Coordinator, is working as the onboard outreach officer on the JOIDES Resolution for the next month on Exp. 378. The ship is currently on site at the first drill hole.

Claire talks on Radio New Zealand about her adventures aboard thus far. 

You can also follow Clare's blog onboard the JOIDES Resolution here:

The cruise is led by Ursula Röhl of MARUM (left) and Debbie Thomas of Texas A&M University (right). They are supported by the Expedition Project Manager Laurel Childress. Photo: SIEM offshore

"International team starts on drilling expedition,"  was published in on January 7, 2020. In the article Co-Chief Scientists, Dr. Ursula Röhl and Dr. Debbie Thomas talk about Exp. 378's objectives & the importance of our drill site for learning about Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary and climate history & transitions in the Paleogene. 

  • IODP News

Expressions of Interest to Sail!

Due to ANZIC’s ARC funding and thus membership in IODP coming to an end in December 2020, and whilst we wait for an outcome on our renewal. ANZIC is currently accepting expressions of interest to sail on future expeditions post 2020. In the event we are renewed we will contact those on our expressions of interest register aside from making a community call to alert those interested in available berth opportunities. The expedition schedule can be found at:

Register your Interest through the link below;

IODP – Preliminary Proposal Workshop

Workshop to develop an IODP preliminary proposal to investigate the early evolution of back-arc basins by drilling in the Havre Trough, 10-11 March 2020

Call for next round of Preproposals and JR ship track update

Proposals are being actively sought for all three facilities. The next submission deadline will be in 1st April, 2020. ANZIC members are strongly encouraged to get their preproposals submitted in the next round keeping in mind proposal pressure from this community will bring the JR back to our region from late 2023!
The JR is currently scheduled into the beginning 2022. Due to the recent facility renewal, we plan to schedule JR expeditions through the end of 2024. The JR is expected to operate in the Equatorial and North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the Arctic in 2021 and 2022, and to complete its circumnavigation with a return to the east Pacific region by 2023, the western Pacific by 2023-2024, and potentially the Indian Ocean by the end of 2024. Proposals for these future operational areas are now needed.
MSP expeditions are planned to operate once every other year to recover core from targets that are inaccessible by the other facilities (e.g., shallow water, enclosed seas, inland seas). MSP proposals for any ocean are welcomed. Completely new Chikyu riser proposals (other than CPPs) will not be accepted until after publication of a new post-2023 science plan.
Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the facility Science Operators to discuss platform-specific operational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals. More proposal submission information.


Applications Now Open for ECORD Summer School 2020

The application procedure for the ECORD Summer School 2020: Downhole Logging for IODP Science (4th to the 10th of July 2020, Leicester, UK) is now open until 14 February 2020. Please visit for more information.

  • Other Opportunities

Marine Geology Technician 

NIWA is seeking a marine geology technician in Wellington, New Zealand. Join a great team doing lots of work on IODP cores and data from the Hikurangi Margin.… 

For further information about NIWA, a detailed position description and online applications, please visit



The International Ocean Discovery Program is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth’s history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor subseafloor environments. 

Australia and New Zealand have been associate members of IODP for over a decade with 21 financially contributing members forming the Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC). ANZIC provides operational and administrative support, and grants and legacy funding to its members.



ANZIC Science Committee Meeting
23rd January 2020

ANZIC Governing Council Meeting
26th February 2020 TBC

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