Becker to Serve as the First Chairman of the New IODP Forum

UM Professor Keir Becker in the "moon pool" of the JOIDES Resolution, standing next to the wellhead of a CORK borehole observatory that was about to be deployed in Hole 395A in the Atlantic. Photo credit: W. Crawford, USIO-TAMU

MIAMI – March 11, 2013 -- University of Miami(UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Professor Keir Becker has been selected as the first Chair of the new International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Forum by the Board of Governors of IODP Management International and the International Working Group representing the IODP funding agencies, platform providers, and science community coordination offices.

A professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Becker is a veteran of 19 scientific ocean drilling expeditions, four as a chief scientist, and has nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications related to scientific ocean drilling.

As Chair, Becker will promote the scientific accomplishments of IODP, preside over meetings of the IODP Forum, and develop liaisons with other program entities, potential new partners of IODP, and related science groups. Becker's activities as IODP Forum Chair will be supported by the U.S. Science Support Program managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

The IODP Forum is an international venue for exchanging ideas and views on the science progress of the new International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The International Ocean Discovery Program begins October 1, 2013 as the newest phase of exploration and discovery using the technique of scientific ocean drilling as described in the program's science plan "Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future." The International Ocean Discovery Program will build on the experience of the IODP (2003-2013), the Ocean Drilling Program (1985-2003), and the Deep Sea Drilling Project (1968-1983). The Forum will monitor progress toward completion of the science plan and provide advice to the IODP Facility Boards responsible for the program's drilling platforms.

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