Past Distinguished Lecturers

2022-2023 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Isla Castañeda

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Terrestrial molecules in ocean sediments: Lipids of soil bacteria and land plants reveal past continental climate variability


Dr. Ann G. Dunlea

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

What controls the long-term trajectory of Earth’s climate and ocean chemistry? 

Dr. Gregory Moore

University of Hawai’i

Hows and whys of great earthquakes and tsunamis: New understanding from recent IODP drilling

Dr. Donna Shillington

Northern Arizona University

Active faulting and environmental change in young rifts


Dr. Andreas Teske

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

From magma to microbe: The deep hot biosphere of Guaymas Basin


Dr. Sonia Tikoo

Stanford University

Probing Earth’s seafloor to understand space: Impact craters, plumes and true polar wander



2021-2022 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Samantha Bova

San Diego State University

It’s getting hot in here: Reinterpreted climate proxies alter understanding of interglacial warmth


Dr. Eric Ferré

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Red or green: Overprinting of the climatic signals in sediment


Dr. Karen Lloyd

University of Tennessee

The mysterious deep subsurface biosphere: What sustains one of the largest, slowest ecosystems on Earth?

Dr. Brendan Reilly

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Revealing rhythms of ice ages with paleomagnetism


Dr. Reed Scherer

Northern Illinois University

Inferring West Antarctic Ice Sheet history from diatoms offshore, nearhsore, downcore and beneath the ice sheet


Dr. Joann Stock

California Institute of Technology

Filling the void: Processes of creation of new crustal area during early seafloor spreading



2020-2021 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Valier Galy

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The chilling effect of mountain growth: Cenozoic insights from the Asian submarine fans


Dr. Jessica Labonté

Texas A&M, Galveston

Some like it hot! Microbial communities inhabiting hydrothermal systems


Dr. David W. Peate

University of Iowa

Magmatism at rifted margins: The story from drilling in the South China Sea

Dr. Lisa Tauxe

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Hunting the magnetic field through ocean drilling


Dr. Julia Wellner

University of Houston

Waxing and waning of an ice sheet: Records from the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica


Dr. Jim Wright

Rutgers University

Development of modern ocean circulation during the Cenozoic



2019-2020 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Beth Christensen

Rowan University

How plate tectonics drove continental climate change in Australia


Dr. Ginny Edgcomb

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Life at the edge of what is possible: Microbial biosignatures in the lower oceanic crust


Dr. Matt Hornbach

Southern Methodist University

Forecasting slope failure and slide-generating tsunami hazards with IODP data

Dr. Chris Lowery

University of Texas, Institute of Geophysics

The Chicxulub impact and the resilience of life


Dr. Brandi Reese

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Wanted dead or alive: On the hunt for microbes below the ocean floor


Dr. Lindsay Worthington

University of New Mexico

Buried alive? How sediments shut down faults in the Gulf of Alaska



2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Sarah Feakins

University of Southern California

Climate change and ecosystem transformation: plant wax evidence from Indian Ocean drilling


Dr. Liviu Giosan

Woods Hols Oceanographic Institution

Drilling the monsoon: from mountain building to the fate of civilizations


Dr. Sidney Hemming

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Toward a 5 million year record of the greater Agulhas current system

Dr. Julia Reece

Texas A&M University

Mud and bugs under stress: compression of marine sediments beneath the seafloor


Dr. Brian Romans

Virginia Tech

Reconstructing deep ocean circulation during Cenozoic climate transitions from the marine sediment record


Dr. Evan Solomon

University of Washington

Revisiting the role of continental margin sediment diagenesis in marine geochemical cycles



2017-2018 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Emily Brodsky

University of California, Santa Cruz

The JFAST Expedition: Getting Inside a Giant Fault


Dr. Tim Collett

US Geological Survey

From Research to Discovery – The History and Future of Marine Gas Hydrate Research


Dr. Cecilia McHugh

Queens College, CUNY

Can Continental Margin Sediments be Globally correlated During Large Amplitude, Glacio-Eustatic Fluctuations?

Dr. Mark Reagan

University of Iowa

The Early History of the Azu-Bonin-Mariana Subduction System as Revealed by Diving and Drilling


Dr. Howie Scher

University of South Carolina

Chasing Ice Through Space and Time – Reconstructing Polar Ice Sheets Through the Cenozoic Using the Marine Sediment Record


Dr. Joseph Stoner

Oregon State University

Geomagnetic Insights and Magneto-Stratigraphic Opportunities Provided Through IODP Drilling: New Results from the Southern Alaska Margin IODP EXP 341



2016-2017 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Cathy Busby

University of California, Davis

Anatomy of a Long-lived Oceanic Arc: Synthesis of Three IODP Expeditions in the Izu-Bonin-Marianas Arc


Dr. Andrew Fisher

University of California, Santa Cruz

Subseafloor Experiments And Models Reveal Complex Patterns Of Coupled Fluid-Heat-Solute Transport Through The Ocean Crust


Dr. John Jaeger

University of Florida

Building Mountains In An Icy World: Results From IODP Drilling In The Gulf Of Alaska

Dr. Kira Lawrence

Lafayette College

Back To The Future? Insights Into Future Climate Change From Warm Climate Intervals Of The Past


Dr. Jian Lin

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

South China Sea – Drilling Back In Time To Determine The Evolution Of A Vital Marginal Sea


Dr. Jason Sylvan

Texas A&M University

Those Rocks Are Alive! – Geomicrobiology Of The Deep Biosphere In Subseafloor Igneous Basement



2014-2015 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Gary Acton

Sam Houston State University


A Dynamic Geomagnetic Field Revealed From Coring a Constellation of Paleomagnetic Stations in the Ocean Basins

Dr. Patrick Fulton

University of California – Santa Cruz


Twenty-Five Thousand Feet Under the Sea: Taking the Temperature of the 2011 Mw9.0 Tohoku-oki Earthquake Fault

Dr. Eric Hellebrand

University of Hawaii at Manoa


Melt, Mantle, and Mid-ocean Ridges: Insights from Refractory Peridotite

Dr. Beth Orcutt

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences


Buried Alive: Life Beneath the Seafloor

Dr. Amelia Shevenell

University of South Florida


The Southern Ocean Reveals its Climate Secrets: Paleotemperatures from Antarctic Margin Marine Sediments

2013-2014 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Jennifer Biddle

University of Delaware


Microbial Life in the Subsurface: Letting the Sequences Tell the Story

Dr. Frederick Chester

Texas A&M University


Sampling the Source of the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Dr. Peter Clift

Louisiana State University


The Asian Monsoon and its links to Cenozoic Orogenesis and Global Climate Change

Dr. Anthony Koppers

Oregon State University


Drilling Hotspots to Unravel the Mantle Wind

Dr. Alberto Malinverno

Columbia University


Gas Hydrates, Methanogenesis, and Carbon Cycling at Continental Margins

Dr. Sandra Passchier

Montclair State University


Reconstructing the Footprint of an Ice Sheet on the Antarctic Continental Margin

2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturers

Nathan Bangs

University of Texas at Austin


Seeing What’s at Fault in Subduction Zones: Examining Great Earthquake Megathrusts


Brandon Dugan

Rice University


Origin, Evolution, and Impacts of Large Submarine Landslides

Miriam Katz

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Impact of Antarctic Circumpolar Current evolution on global ocean circulation and climate

Craig Moyer

Western Washington University


Zetaproteobacteria and their associated microbial communities found in hydrothermal systems from the Okinawa Trough subsurface biosphere


Rebecca Robinson

University of Rhode Island


Evidence for the expansion of oxygen minimum zones in the face of Early Pleistocene cooling

Doug Wilson

University of California, Santa Barbara


Probing mid-ocean ridge processes through deep crustal drilling

2011-2012 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Steven D’Hondt

University of Rhode Island


Life in the Subseafloor Ocean

Dr. Craig Fulthorpe

University of Texas at Austin


Deciphering the Long-Term History of Global Sea-Level Change

Dr. Robert Harris

Oregon State University


Drilling Subduction Zones: Temperature, Fluid Flow, and Earthquakes

Dr. Bärbel Hönisch

Columbia University


Estimating Cenozoic Atmospheric CO2 and Ocean Carbonate Chemistry

Dr. Clive Neal

University of Notre Dame


Origins, Evolution, and Environmental Impacts of Large Igneous Provinces

Dr. Stephen Pekar

Queens College


Past Climate Changes in Antarctica: Looking Back to Our Future

2010-2011 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Ivano Aiello

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories


Diatom Oozes in Marine Sediments: Archives of Past Climate Change and Habitats for Microbial Life

Dr. Gail Christeson

University of Texas at Austin


The Chicxulub Structure: What an Impact!

Dr. James Cowen

University of Hawaii at Manoa


Life in the Vast Subseafloor Basaltic Aquifer

Dr. Timothy Herbert

Brown University


The Ice Age-Climate Experiment

Dr. Demian Saffer

Pennsylvania State University


In Situ Stress and Pore Pressure from Riser Drilling: NanTroSEIZE Stage 2

Dr. William Sager

Texas A&M University


Changing Perspectives of Hotspots, Seamount Chains, and Ocean Plateaus

2009-2010 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Jeffrey Alt

University of Michigan


Magma Chambers and the Subsurface Structure of Submarine Hydrothermal Systems

Dr. Frederick Colwell

Oregon State University


Biogeochemical Exhalations: Microbial Methane in Marine Sediments

Dr. Katrina Edwards

University of Southern California


Intraterrestrial Microbial Life Below the Bottom of the Ocean

Dr. Jennifer Latimer

Indiana State University


The Role of Iron Fertilization and Past Climate Change: Where Does All that Dirt Come From?

Dr. Kenneth Macleod

University of Missouri-Columbia


Inoceramid Bivalves, Benthic Ecology, and Sources of Intermediate Waters

Dr. Elizabeth Screaton

University of Florida


From the Seafloor to the Seismogenic Zone: Fluid Flow in Earthquakes

2008-2009 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Adam Kent

Oregon State University


Exploring Oceanic Magmatism Through Silicate Melt Inclusions

Dr. Mark Pagani

Yale University


A Cenozoic History of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Dr. Adina Paytan

University of California – Santa Cruz


Marine Barite: A Recorder of Ocean Chemistry and Productivity

Dr. Glenn Spinelli

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology


Fluid and Heat Circulation in the Subseafloor Ocean

Dr. Hubert Staudigel

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Microbes and Volcanoes: A Tale From the Seafloor

Dr. Debbie Thomas

Texas A&M University


Deep-Ocean Circulation During Extremely Warm Climates

2007-2008 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Peter Flemings

Pennsylvania State University


Pore Pressure, Sedimentation, and Submarine Landslides

Dr. Sean P. S. Gulick

University of Texas at Austin


One Rock to Change the World: The Story of the Chicxulub Impact Crater

Dr. James Kennett

University of California – Santa Barbara


The Earth’s Turmoil of the Last Deglacial Period

Dr. Ellen Martin

University of Florida


Tales of Deep Ocean Circulation Told by Tiny Fish Teeth

Dr. Philip Meyers

University of Michigan


Cretaceous Black Shales, Mediterranean Sapropels, and Greenhouse Climate

Dr. Andreas Teske

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Unlocking the Secrets of the Deep Subsurface Biosphere

2006-2007 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Katharina Billups

University of Delaware


Exploring the Application of Foraminiferal Mg/Ca Ratios to Questions of Early Cenozoic Climate Change

Dr. Donna Blackman

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Discoveries, Hypotheses, and Drilling Surprises: Adventures in Studying the Formation and Evolution of Oceanic Lithosphere

Dr. Christopher House

Pennsylvania State University


Probing the Microbiology of Deeply Buried Marine Sediments

Dr. Larry Krissek

Ohio State University


Iceberg-Rafted Sediment in the Deep Ocean — An Ice Volume Story or Not?

Dr. Ken Miller

Rutgers University


The Phanerozoic Record of Global Sea-level Change: ODP Constrains the Last 100 Million Years

Dr. Terrence Quinn

University of Texas at Austin


Estimating the Level and Taking the Temperature of the Tropical Seas Over the Past 25,000 Years

Dr. James Zachos

University of California – Santa Cruz


A Rapid Rise in Greenhouse Gas Concentrations 55 Million Years Ago: A Deep Sea Perspective on the Causes and Consequences

2005-2006 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Gabriel Filippelli

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis


A Cure for Global Warming? A Critical Look at Iron Fertilization’s Role in Climate Change

Dr. Albert C. Hine

University of South Florida


Big Waves, Extreme Aridity, Strange Reefs, and Poisonous Gas All Seen in the Cool Water Carbonate Sediments of the Great Australian Bight

Dr. Barbara E. John

University of Wyoming


Understanding Slow Spreading Ridges: How Do They Work?

Dr. Ted C. Moore Jr.

University of Michigan


The Once and Future Warm Earth: A Paleoceanographic View

Dr. Kathryn Moran

University of Rhode Island


Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX): A North Pole Discovery

Dr. Harold Tobin

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology


Getting Inside the Plate Boundary: Subduction Zone Megathrusts in IODP

2004-2005 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Kevin Brown

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


What Causes Transience in Fluid Flow in Subduction Zones and in Other Oceanic Margin Environments?

Dr. R. Mark Leckie

University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Linking Tectonics, Climate Change, and Biotic Evolution: The Oceanic Anoxic Events of the Mid-Cretaceous (~120-90 MA)

Dr. Kyger C. Lohmann

University of Michigan


Unraveling the Archive of Climate Change from the Marine Record: Integration of Isotopic and Elemental Proxies in Molluscan Carb

Dr. Jerry McManus

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Pleistocene Climate Instability: Oceans, Ice and Insolation

Dr. Ellen Thomas

Wesleyan University


Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Environment and Biota: The Earth 55 Million Years Ago

Dr. Marta E. Torres

Oregon State University


Methane-Ice in Marine Sediments: Where, How and Why We Study These Deposits

2003-2004 Distinguished Lecturers

Dr. Ruth E. Blake

Yale University


The Deep Biosphere: Microbes in the Mud

Dr. Steven C. Clemens

Brown University


Solar Forcing or Climate System Feedbacks: Who’s the Boss of Plio-Pleistocene Variations in Asian Monsoon Strength?

Dr. Fred Frey

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Formation of the Kerguelen Large Igneous Province, Gondwana Breakup, Lost Continents and Growth of the Indian Ocean

Dr. Mitchell Lyle

Boise State University


The Pacific Ocean and Climatic Change, from Eocene Extreme Warmth to Pleistocene Glacial Cycles

Dr. Julia Morgan

Rice University


Marine Sediments Go To Prism

Dr. Paul Wallace

University of Oregon


Formation and Environmental Effects of Giant Oceanic Plateaus