Teams and Staffing

3.1 Overview

This ANDRILL Guide to Participation (AGTP) was developed by the SMO, M-ASIC, and the MIS Co-Chiefs to facilitate: participation of international scientists in ANDRILL projects; production of high quality scientific results; and dissemination of results to the broader international community. The AGTP directs or outlines involvement of the international Antarctic scientific community in all aspects of ANDRILL, from initial planning activities through post-drilling dissemination of results.

Components of the ANDRILL Guide to Participation include:

  • Scientist Support
  • Project Staffing
  • Core Characterization Phase
  • Science Documentation Phase
  • Travel and On-Ice Information
  • Contact information for the MIS Science Team

The ANDRILL MIS Science Team activities are managed by the ANDRILL SMO, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), under advisement of the Co-Chief Scientists and the M-ASIC. A description of ANDRILL’s Science Management Organization is found in Appendix A; and contact information for its current members is in Appendix B.

3.2 Composition of Science Teams

Science Team Members for ANDRILL projects were selected from a pool of applicants affiliated with scientific institutions from nations that are contributors to logistical and operational costs of the ANDRILL projects. A standard application procedure was implemented for interested scientists from each contributing nation, however initial screening of applicants fell within the jurisdiction of each national program. Applications for both the MIS and SMS Projects were submitted and managed through CHRONOS, a web-based data portal and interface system.

The application process was competitive, and decisions were based on a variety of criteria, including scientific program needs, qualifications, availability of appropriate research facilities, and national and international priorities and constraints. The number of participating scientists from each partner nation is roughly proportional to that nation’s financial contribution to the total ANDRILL operational costs.

The ANDRILL SMO forwarded all submitted applications from participants to the relevant Co-Chief Scientists and to respective national agencies for evaluation. Co-Chief Scientists considered staffing recommendations from each contributing nation to formulate an initial staffing plan for each project based on science needs, national logistical contributions, and identified areas of national scientific focus. Co-Chief Scientists forwarded their initial staffing plans to the M-ASIC for consideration. The M-ASIC met in September 2005 to decide on the Staffing Plan for both the MIS and SMS Projects.

Senior scientists from the member nations were invited to become Science Team Members for each of the supported ANDRILL Projects (two Co-Chief Scientists and approx. 74 senior, research, and post doctoral scientists On- and Off-ice). Applications were accepted from scientists and engineers (e.g. professors, research scientists, technologists, graduate students) affiliated with respective national institutions (e.g. universities, government agencies, corporations). Science Team Members were assigned to either the on-ice or off-ice group. All on-ice team members will travel to, and work in, Antarctica (at McMurdo Station, with exception of the drillers and other designated science personnel) during the drilling operations, while off-ice personnel will remain at their home institutions.

Acceptance of an invitation to participate as a Science Team Member in an ANDRILL Project is an implicit, non-transferable agreement to participate, unless circumstances develop that would prevent your participation. All participants have agreed to the "Responsibilities of Science Team Members" given in Section 5 of this document, as well as specific responsibilities in the duties as outlined by the official letter/invitation of the MIS Co-Chief Scientists.

3.3 Staffing Procedure

Staffing recommendations were made through a joint consultation procedure involving a proposal submission and review process managed by the National Programs. This process was completed during the summer of 2005. Staffing recommendations were forwarded to project Co-Chief Scientists and the M-ASIC for consideration and approval. The staffing procedure resulted in an integrated Science Team chosen to meet the scientific objectives of each project, balanced by national affiliation as outlined in the ANDRILL Record of Understanding (RoU) signed by members of the AOMG, and by M-ASIC staffing protocol. All chosen Science Team Members were contacted with an invitation to join their respective ANDRILL-project in October 2005.

3.4 Involvement of the Science Team Members

Commitment to the project begins when invitees sign an agreement with the M-ASIC elaborating their responsibilities and their acceptance of all the rights, privileges and obligations of a member of the Science Team, as defined by ANDRILL policy. On-ice Science Team Members will travel to Antarctica for the drilling season. Drilling season lengths can vary, but two to three months is a typical duration. On-ice Science Team Members will be expected to stay for the entire length of the expedition. Off-ice Science Team Members will receive samples delivered from Antarctica while drilling is underway, and will work on these samples at their home institution and report results to the Co-Chief Scientists in Antarctica. Each project will run for approximately two and a half years with the work effort divided into two phases: Core Characterization and Science Documentation.

Initial scientific data and core logs will be included in an On-Ice Report produced and circulated on-line at the conclusion of drilling operations. Following the completion of the drilling phase of each project, Science Team Members will continue research activities at their home institutions and publish initial scientific results in an Initial Results Volume, which will be produced as a compilation of results presented at the Core Sampling Workshop (4 months post-drilling). In addition, there will be a moratorium period of two years on post-core workshop sampling.

Projects will be considered complete following acceptance of a manuscript for a Scientific Results Volume or other mainstream scientific journal approximately 24 months after drilling ends.

It is anticipated that all Science Team Members will participate in both the Core Characterization and Science Documentation phases.