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Professor Neville Exon

Program Scientist
Australian IODP Office

Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra 0200

T:  +61 2 612 55131
F:  +61 2 6125 0756



Current Research

Student Projects

Research Interests

General career

I have had a varied, rewarding and very interesting career in geoscience as a sedimentologist and marine geologist, including over forty years in Geoscience Australia (GA) and its predecessors (AGSO and BMR), where I started as an onshore field geologist in 1963, moved into marine research in frontier areas in the 1970s, and completed my Government career in 2005 as a Senior Principal Research Scientist in charge of exploration and research in marine geology and geophysics. Since 1969, I have participated in 46 marine expeditions, many as Chief Scientist, on both Australian and foreign vessels. Two of those expeditions were part of the Ocean Drilling Program. Those in the Australian marine jurisdiction were designed to geologically map poorly known areas in order to address tectonic problems, to assist petroleum assessment and to aid marine planners. From 2005 to 2007, I continued my research in marine geoscience as a Visiting Fellow at ANU, and took a leading role in Australia’s successful bid to join the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. I have produced eleven scientific books or monographs, about 140 refereed scientific papers, and 45 major BMR-AGSO-GA Records (reports).

Present role

My present role is as part-time Program Scientist in charge of the Australian IODP Office (AIO), which is responsible for the day-to-day running of Australia-NZ IODP Consortium (ANZIC) affairs, and responsible both to the ANU Delegate and to the ANZIC Governing Council. My role involves science planning, science administration and science encouragement on behalf of the Australian, and to a lesser extent New Zealand, marine geoscience communities that are involved in IODP. The Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU hosts AIO.

IODP is the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, a major international research program to drill the world’s ocean bed in order to solve global scientific problems. Australia and New Zealand are participants in this program, with Australia’s funding coming from the Australian Research Council, 14 universities and three government agencies. For more information see and

I am also continuing some marine geoscience research on the Australian continental margins, see Current Research.