Professor Dick Kroon, Regius Chair of Geology at the University of Edinburgh, has been selected as the next Chair of the IODP Forum. He will begin a three-year term October 1, 2018.

Dick is a marine geologist and paleoceanographer with over 150 publications. His current research includes Paleogene hyperthermal events, the evolution of hominids, the history of Neogene carbonate platforms, and the geology of Cyprus. No stranger to scientific ocean drilling, Dick has sailed on six IODP cruises, twice as co-chief scientist. He is also experienced in the IODP leadership structure, chairing the Dutch IODP Committee from 2002-2006 and leading IODP’s Science Evaluation Panel as co-chair from 2012-2016.

The IODP Forum is a venue for exchanging ideas and views on the scientific progress of the International Ocean Discovery Program. The Forum assesses achievement toward the long-term objectives of the IODP Science Plan and advises / assists the IODP Facility Boards.  The Chair is a well-recognized scientist from an IODP member country who serves as the face of the program. Kroon will be the third Forum Chair, following Jamie Austin from the University of Texas at Austin (October 2015 – September 2018) and Keir Becker from University of Miami (October 2013 – September 2015).