Professor Neville Exon



Research interests

I am at ANU as the Program Scientist responsible for Australian and New Zealand involvement in scientific ocean drilling through the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and that responsibility takes up most of my time. The main IODP drillship, the JOIDES Resolution, is pictured below. I can provide advice for those interested in getting involved in IODP, either by applying for a shipboard position, or by accessing the massive archives of cores from the world’s oceans.

My research interests are:

  • Studies of Australian onshore and offshore sedimentary basins, with some emphasis of petroleum prospectivity.
  • An understanding of Australia’s continental margins and plateaus through swath mapping, seismic profiling and geological sampling
  • Keeping broadly up-to-date with the various aspects of IODP science: plate tectonics; continental margins; ocean basins including spreading ridges, island arcs and backarc basins; the nature of oceanic crust and the mantle; climate and oceanographic change; the evolution of marine and land micro-organisms; sub-seafloor microbiology; and geological hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
  • Deepsea manganese nodules and crusts.

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