Apply to Sail
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is now accepting applications for Expedition 357 Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life. This expedition will address two exciting discoveries in mid-ocean ridge research: off-axis, serpentinite-hosted hydrothermal activity, exemplified by the Lost City Hydrothermal Field (LCHF) on the Atlantis Massif oceanic core complex, and the significance of tectono-magmatic processes in forming and exposing heterogeneous mafic and variably serpentinized ultramafic lithosphere that are key components of slow and ultraslow spreading ridges. The expedition objectives are 1) to explore the extent and activity of the subsurface biosphere in young ultramafic and mafic seafloor, 2) assess how abiotic and biotic processes change with aging of the lithosphere and with variations in rock type, 3) quantify the role of serpentinization in driving hydrothermal systems, in sustaining microbiological communities, and in the sequestration of carbon in ultramafic rocks, and 4) characterize tectono-magmatic processes that lead to lithospheric heterogeneities and the evolution of hydrothermal activity associated with detachment faulting.
The offshore phase of this expedition will take place in the October to December 2015 timeframe and last for 46 days, with only a subset of the science party members participating. An onshore science party (OSP) will be held at MARUM, University of Bremen, in early 2016. The OSP is expected to last 2-3 weeks; the exact length will depend on core recovery during the offshore phase. All science party members must attend the entire duration of the onshore science party.
Opportunities exist for researchers, including graduate students, to sail as sedimentologists, microbiologists, organic geochemistists, inorganic geochemistists, structural geologists, igneous petrologists, metamorphic petrologists, paleomagnetists, geophysicists, and petrophysics/downhole loggers. Other expertises may be considered. Additional information on this expedition can be found here: http://www.eso.ecord.org/expeditions/357/357.php.
The deadline to apply is 9 January 2015. For questions, please email email@example.com.
The U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling reviews and prioritizes applications from U.S. scientists prior to forwarding them to the implementing organization. Learn More
Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. university, government agency, or corporation, and if selected would be provided with salary and travel support. Learn More
A complete application includes an online application form, curriculum vitae, participation plan, preliminary budget, and (for graduate student applicants) an adviser recommendation. Learn More
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