SPECIAL CALL: Biostratigrapher for Expedition 379

ECORD is seeking a biostratigrapher, with a particular focus in radiolaria of the Antarctic region or Southern Ocean, to participate in JOIDES Resolution Expedition 379: Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History (18 January - 20 March 2019).

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is largely marine-based, highly sensitive to climatic and oceanographic changes, has had a dynamic history over the last several million years, and if completely melted, could result in a global sea-level rise of 3.3–4.3 m. Expedition 379 will obtain records from the continental shelf and rise of the Amundsen Sea to document WAIS dynamics in an area unaffected by other ice sheets as well and that currently experiences the largest ice loss in Antarctica.


The primary objectives include (a) reconstructing the Paleogene to Holocene glacial history of West Antarctica, (b) correlating the Amundsen Sea WAIS-proximal records with global records of ice volume changes and air/seawater temperature proxy records, (c) constraining the relationship between incursions of warm water masses onto the continental shelf and the stability of marine-based ice sheet margins, and (d) reconstructing major WAIS advances onto the middle and outer shelf, including the first ice sheet expansion onto the continental shelf of the Amundsen Sea Embayment and its possible control by the uplift of Marie Byrd Land.


Please see the attached CALL and JOIDES Resolution webpage for more information. The deadline to apply is 28 February 2018. 

Canadian-based applicants must be NSERC-funded active researchers, or students/fellows working under the direct supervision of such researchers.  Candidates may request support and feedback on their application from the CCOD Coordinator.  All candidates must send their application to iodpcanada@gmail.com at least 1 week before the deadline (before submission to ECORD) for approval by the CCOD Executive Committee.  

Please note that the way in which Canada participates in IODP has recently changed.  Funding for our membership in ECORD is currently driven solely by individual researchers and their respective universities.  Canadian selection for expeditions is contingent upon Canada maintaining active membership.  All applicants should thus contact us to see how they can contribute.