Expedition 387 Amazon Margin

Informational Webinar

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is now accepting applications for scientific participants on Expedition 387 Amazon Margin aboard the JOIDES Resolution. Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including but not limited to sedimentologists, micropaleontologists, paleomagnetists, inorganic/organic geochemists, microbiologists, petrologists, petrophysicists, and borehole geophysicists. To learn more about the scientific objectives of Expedition 387, life at sea, and how to apply to sail, please join us for a web-based seminar on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 17:00 pm GMT (18:00 MEZ).

To participate in the webinar, you need access to the Internet and a computer with a microphone and speaker capability or a telephone. To register, click the following link: Exp. 387 Webinar. After registering, you will receive an email response with instructions on how to join the webinar.

Expedition 387 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. The expedition will occur from 26 April to 26 June 2020.

Scientists from ECORD member countries interested in participating in this expedition should apply to sail through ESSAC, by visiting our http://www.ecord.org/expeditions/apply-to-sail/.

The deadline to apply to sail is March 1, 2019



For further information, please contact the ESSAC Office: 


Antony Morris (ESSAC Chair) 

Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)

University of Plymouth

Email: essac@plymouth.ac.uk