IODP Expeditions 387 and 388 Call for Applications

The IODP-China office is calling for applications for the IODP Expeditions 387 (Amazon Margin) and 388 (Equatorial Atlantic Gateway) operated by the JOIDES Resolution during April-August, 2020.


Amazon Margin Expedition (387)

26 April to 26 June 2020

Expedition 387 (based on IODP Proposals 859-Full2 & 859-PRL) will drill the upper portion of the Foz do Amazonas basin of the equatorial margin of Brazil to recover a complete, high-resolution sedimentary sequence spanning nearly the entire Cenozoic. This expedition is the marine complement to the Trans-Amazon Drilling Project transect of continental drill sites, and will address fundamental questions about the Cenozoic climatic evolution of the Amazon region, the origins and evolution of the neotropical rain forest and its incomparable biodiversity, the paleoceanographic history of the western equatorial Atlantic, and the origins of the transcontinental Amazon River. Core and log data from sites on the uppermost continental slope will be used to: (1) generate a continuous record of climate and biodiversity in Cenozoic South America at unprecedented resolution; (2) reconstruct the oceanographic conditions of the western tropical Atlantic; (3) provide critical marine biostratigraphic control for correlation with the Trans-Amazon Drilling Project; (4) determine the onset and history of trans-continental drainage of the proto-Amazon River into the Atlantic; and (5) test major hypotheses about the originations and extinctions of tropical South American biota.

For more information about the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution Expedition Schedule see

**Apply to Participate by 1 March 2019


Equatorial Atlantic Gateway Expedition (388)

26 June to 26 August 2020

Expedition 388 (based on IODP proposals 864-Full2 & 864-Add) will study the tectonic, climatic, and biotic evolution of the Equatorial Atlantic Gateway (EAG) at three sites on and near the Pernambuco Plateau (northeastern Brazilian continental shelf). These will target Late Cretaceous-Recent sediments and oceanic crust and are strategically located both near the continental margin and at paleo-water depths that are shallow enough (< 2000 m) to provide well-preserved organic biomarkers and calcareous microfossils for proxy reconstructions of greenhouse climates. Core and log data will address four key themes: (1) the early rift history of the Equatorial Atlantic; (2) the biogeochemistry of the restricted Equatorial Atlantic; (3) the long-term paleoceanography of the EAG; and, (4) the limits of tropical climates and ecosystems under conditions of extreme warmth. This expedition will constrain the long-term interactions between tectonics, oceanography, ocean biogeochemistry and climate, and the functioning of tropical ecosystems and climate during intervals of extreme warmth.

For more information about the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution Expedition Schedule see

**Apply to Participate by 1 April 2019


WHO SHOULD APPLY: Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties – including but not limited to sedimentology, micropaleontology, paleomagnetics, geochemistry, microbiology, petrology, petrophysics, and borehole geophysics.


WHERE TO APPLY: Applicants must submit the application form (/Assets/userfiles/sys_eb538c1c-65ff-4e82-8e6a-a1ef01127fed/files/196_Application Form.doc), CV and post-expedition research plan (in English) to the IODP-China Office ( by the deadlines.



Zhen Guo,

Ph.D., the Science Coordinator

The IODP-China Office

Tel.: +86-21-6598 3441

Fax: +86-21-6598 8808