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).