JRFB seeks new science members

(July 1, 2018) - The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) seeks two senior scientists, one U.S.-based and one based in a non-U.S. IODP member country, to serve a three-year term beginning October 1, 2018. The deadline to apply is July 20, 2018. The JRFB oversees the operations of the the JR, including scheduling expeditions, approving program plans, monitoring the advisory panels to ensure effective review of drilling proposals, and developing and monitoring policies for data collection, publications, and core curation. Candidates should have an extensive history of participation in scientific ocean drilling. To apply, send a cover letter and a two-page CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The cover letter should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly document any previous committee experience, and describe your interest in scientific ocean drilling and serving on the JRFB.

Scheduling Decisions by the JRFB at the May 2018 Meeting

(May 28, 2018) - The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) met May 15-16 near the new NSF headquarters in Alexandria, VA, USA. The JRFB recommended 8 proposals for scheduling in U.S. fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Proposal 769-APL (Costa Rica Crustal Architecture), which had been scheduled to be concurrent with an engineering expedition in U.S. fiscal year 2019 at the 2017 JRFB Meeting, was rescheduled to allow extra preparation time for the various engineering tests and will now follow proposal 833 (Guaymas Basin Activity) in fiscal year 2020. The newly recommended proposals that will be added to the expedition schedule are 859 (Amazon Margin), 864 (Equatorial Atlantic Gateway), 853 (South Atlantic Transect, Expedition #1), 890 (Walvis Ridge Hotspot), 834 (Agulhas Plateau), and 853 (South Atlantic Transect, Expedition #2). The previously scheduled expedition for the Complementary Project Proposal 877 (Gulf of Mexico Methane Hydrates) was canceled due to permitting difficulties for operations in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but the proposal has been forwarded to the ECORD Facility Board (EFB) for consideration. The JR will operate in the general area of the Equatorial and North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the Arctic in U.S. fiscal years 2021 and 2022. The JRFB expects the JR to complete its circumnavigation into the Indo-Pacific region in fiscal year 2023.

Aside from decisions about the JR schedule and ship track, the JRFB passed 18 other consensus statements and assigned 7 action items, involving topics such as IODP policies and guidelines (with a new Standard IODP Confidentiality Policy), the JR Science Operator and recent NSF panel facility review report, and intentions of continued support from international partners for the second IODP phase through 2024. There was discussion regarding the future of U.S. marine seismic acquisition capabilities, due to NSF’s intended divestment of the R/V Langseth, and the importance of such data to IODP.

The complete set of Consensus Statements and Action Items is available on the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board Minutes and Terms of Reference page.

New JRFB Science Members Selected

(Sept 1, 2016) - The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) will welcome new science members Wolfgang Bach (University of Bremen) and Liping Zhou (Peking University) to three-year terms beginning October 1, replacing Ryo Anma (University of Tsukuba) and Andrew Roberts (Australian National University). Bach and Zhou will join JRFB science members Anthony Koppers, Christina Ravelo, Clive Neal, and Paul Wilson.

Dr. Bach is considered a leader in the field of alteration petrology and has a long and distinguished history in scientific ocean drilling. He has participated on five ODP cruises and served as co-chief on IODP Expedition 336 (Mid-Atlantic Ridge Microbiology). He has also served on several program panels and steering committees, is a co-proponent on the proposal for IODP Expedition 376 (Brothers Arc Flux, scheduled for 2018), and was co-organizer of the 2009 IODP INVEST meeting.

Dr. Zhou has a strong background and history of achievement in Quaternary geochronology and stable isotope geochemical techniques. He has active research in the South China Sea and participated on IODP Expedition 353 (Indian Monsoon Rainfall). In addition to his involvement in the Chinese national IODP structure, he has served on the steering committees of other large Earth science programs, such as GEOTRACES and Past Global Changes (PAGES).

As per its Terms of Reference, the JRFB has six science members, three affiliated with research institutions in the United States and three drawn from other JR partner nations. These members are selected from the ranks of leading senior scientists worldwide and their role is to represent IODP science as a whole. At the request of the JRFB, applications for science member vacancies were solicited by the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) and vetted by the U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC), which made recommendations to the JR Facility Board. In addition to its six science members, the JRFB also includes one member from each of the JR's seven funding partners, and a member representing the JR Science Operator. The JRFB provides operational and management oversight of the JOIDES Resolution as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).