Expedition 337: Additional Call for Scientists
Deep coalbed biosphere off Shimokita
July 2012 - September 2012
Application Deadline: December 2, 2011
Expedition 337, postponed due to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, has been rescheduled for Summer 2012. There are five spots available; applications from sedimentologists, microbiologists/biogeochemists, and micropaleontologists are particularly encouraged.
The objective of this expedition is to deepen a hole and recover core samples down to the target Eocene lignite coalbed. The core samples will be used to investigate geological, geophysical, (bio-)geochemical and (geo-)microbiological features of the formation, with a view to expand our knowledge on coalbed subseafloor hydrocarbon system and the deep biosphere.Particular focus will be made on deep subseafloor life and the biosphere down to 2200 mbsf, in a habitat that has never been reached by previous scientific ocean drilling. We will investigate active microbial communities and geobiological processes in the thermally immature coalbed at great burial depths.
Application Process: Scientists interested in participating please consult the
Required documents (PDF only) are:
1) a CV
2) a letter of interest including your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ODP/IODP expeditions, research interest
3) a publication list
Young researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution including information on the post-cruise science support: How to achieve the proposed scientific objectives in the future (funding scheme and support from host institution).
Please send a copy of your application documents to the IODP-Canada office (). Please send your documents at least one week prior to the deadline if you wish to receive feedback or assistance.
For more information, download the ESSAC flyer.