IODP Expedition 379 Special Call for radiolaria micropaleontologists


The IODP-China Office is seeking applications from biostratigraphers, with a particular focus in radiolaria, of the Antarctic region or Southern Ocean for the IODP Expedition 379 (Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History) aboard the JOIDES Resolution (18 January to 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.




The expedition schedule ( ) includes links to the individual expedition web pages that provide the original IODP proposal and expedition planning information.




China-based scientists could apply through the IODP-China Office, and submit application form, English CV as well as post-cruise research proposal. The application deadline is:


15 February 2018


For further details, please contact:


Shouting Tuo, Science Coordinator, the IODP-China Office

Tel.: +86-21-65982198, Fax: +86-21-65988808


Address: State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092

Tel. : +86-21-65982198, Fax: +86-21-65988808