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NSF Office of Polar Programs New Investigators Workshop – August 2006

SOME THOUGHTS ON LAUNCHING A CAREER IN POLAR SCIENCE
Mature researchers and recent graduates

Peter-Noel Webb The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio (webb.3@osu.edu)

NSF-Office of Polar Programs New Investigators Workshop – August 2006

1. BENEFITS OF INVOLVEMENT IN POLAR RESEARCH
Collaboration with the some of the best, most adventurous, and insanely happy & positive scientists from the United States & other countries Test your scientific, personal and political skills at the edge of reality, and in a really challenging environment Propose and resolve globally significant scientific problems, and become a household name Create opportunities for your undergraduate & graduate students

NSF Office of Polar Programs New Investigators Workshop – August 2006

2. IN PREPARATION FOR MY PROPOSAL WRITING CAMPAIGN I SHOULD
Consult the NSF Office of Polar Programs web site regularly Attend OPP-sponsored planning workshops & get involved Consult the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research web site & get involved Attend the national meetings of your professional societies, seek out special symposia with talks and posters; and visit town meetings and meet with OPP personnel and other scientists. Network, network, network!! Seek out conference travel grants for your students and get them involved in proposal preparation

NSF Office of Polar Programs New Investigator Workshop – August 2006

3. CONSIDER THESE ISSUES
Is my proposal unique, innovative and relevant cutting edge science, and likely to advance polar & global science A lone PI proposal versus a collaborative submission in major & complex research projects Small versus big science Read successful and unsuccessful proposals, and reviewer comments Who is likely to review my proposal? Will I re-submit my proposal if it is rejected & how will I improve its chances Will I be in competition with my dissertation advisor?

www.andrill.org

a multi-national collaboration of more than 150

Scientists Drillers Students Educators

• Promote career opportunities in science • Provide engaging, flexible materials • Challenge conceptions about science research • Spark the curiosity of students and the general public • Demonstrate Earth’s dynamic climate history • Promote the International Polar Year • Pending projects…

Cape RobertsInternational Consortium science huts ANDRILL Project - -Drillsite camp and 1995-2000
Planning and Implementation: Germany Italy New Zealand United States Planning only: United Kingdom

Cape Roberts Project drillsite

Other nations are welcome to join the Consortium

Recovering proximal records of ice sheet and climate history to complete the global climate puzzle

http://andrill.org

ROSS ISLAND

DVDP 11

CIROS-1

SMS

The ANDRILL drilling rig testing in Canterbury New Zealand Oct. 2005

ANDRILL Technology

Cape Roberts Project

Cape Roberts Project (1995-2000) Sea-ice and ice shelf platform (> 300 m) Drill in 1000 m water Recover 1000 m of core Recover soft sediment 95% core recovery of CRP-3 (939m of core)

A. Pyne

A. Pyne

Ice Volume + Temp. Proxy

An Outstanding Question
When did the Here? Antarctic Ice Sheet change from polythermal Here? conditions to modern cold polar conditions?
How fast were glacial changes? How often did the system change?

Age (Ma)

20
Oligocene

30

40
Zachos et al., 2001

Miocene

10

Plio

0

How big were the ice volume changes? How did the rest of the Earth respond?

Ross Ice Shelf behaviour during past warm climate extremes: A geologic analogue for future behaviour?

P R O X IM A L R E C O R D S
A N T A R C T IC C R Y O -C Y C L O S T R A T IG R A P H Y

ANDRILL’s TARGET
• Obtain new and unique records of Cenozoic environmental change, proximal to ice sheets

G L A C IA L E U S TA S Y

• Test and calibrate chemostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic proxy records • Provide geological data input to glacial and climate models.

D EEP SEA O XYG EN IS O T O P E R E C O R D

S E Q U E N C E S T R A T IG R A P H Y F R O M C O N T IN E N T A L M A R G IN S

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