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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton


Staff at the School of Ocean and Earth Science not only play a leading role in collaborative research across the University of Southampton, but we also have a global network of partners who work with us to address today’s major challenges.

We collaborate with teams from other universities, institutes and businesses from around the world; working together is integral to many of our research projects and >74% of our extensive portfolio of publications were co-authored with international collaborations. We also foster interactions between external businesses to strengthen our teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, with GSNOCS being a particular focus for these activities (>20 leading international and >30 national institutions involved in co-supervision of our PhD students).

A good example of our international collaborations is the leading role we play in the Integrated Ocean Drilling programme.

Lisa McNeill carries a core during an IODP expedition.
Lisa McNeill carries a core during an IODP expedition.

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP) is an international marine research program that explores Earth's history and structure recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors subseafloor environments. IODP builds upon the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), which revolutionised the view of the Earth's history and global processes through ocean basin exploration.

Image by Bill Crawford, courtesy of IOPD
The IOPD drilling vessel

Southampton-based scientists have played influential roles in ocean drilling since its inception. SOES Staff Prof Damon TeagleProf Lisa McNeill and Dr Steven Bohaty are involved in running the current programme at the highest levels. Prof Teagle and Dr Rosalind Coggon also recently oversaw the evaluation and successful renewal of UK membership to Scientific Ocean Drilling. These and many other SOES staff and PhD students have also led and sailed as scientists on numerous IODP, ODP and DSDP expeditions.  

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