School of Science Professor Chairs International Planning Committee for Oceanic Research, Climate Change

Release Date: 
Feb 19 2010

Indianapolis, IN, February 19, 2010 –The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis announced Dr. Gabriel Filippelli will serve as the Chair of Science Planning Committee for Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), an international research effort exploring the ocean floor to better understand deep ocean life, how oceans form and what climate changes are occurring throughout the world. Dr. Filippelli has been involved with the program for nearly a decade serving on several committees and research expeditions. For the next two years, he will lead scientists from around the globe to review plans and proposals for further ocean exploration.

A $170 million per year science program, the IODP handles more than 120 proposals from a pool of 700 research scientists at any given time. "The Science Planning Committee must decide which plans and proposals are the highest priority for science and exploration and can typically only pursue around 10 expeditions at a time," said Filippelli, department chair for Earth Sciences at the School of Science at IUPUI and current chair of the Science Planning Committee for IODP. "I look forward to being on the front lines to see what types of research programs are presented and how science continues to expand in this field."

The organization receives one-third of the funding from the National Science Foundation in the U.S. as well as other grantors from European and Asian partners. As Chair of the Science Planning Committee, Filippelli will not only lead an international committee of eighteen scientific peers, but will also manage and coordinate six other committees for the IODP to ensure each funded project has the needed resources to complete the research.

 "Dr. Filippelli's leadership role on this committee will not only bring international recognition to the university, but will provide exposure to our science students to other leading scientists and researchers around the world," said Dr. Bart Ng, Dean of the IUPUI School of Science. "The IODP's work will continue to shed light on the history of the ocean and earth ultimately impacting the way we view and react to climate changes. It's impressive that one of our very own researchers will lead this charge."

Dr. Filippelli's research over the past 20 years has focused primarily on biogeochemical cycling in the environment and the connections between geochemistry and the geologic record of climate change. For his extensive experience in leading environmental, earth and geological science research and education, Filippelli has earned numerous teaching awards and recognitions including the IUPUI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the School of Science Research Award, and the Distinguished Five College Lecturer in Geosciences at Williams College.  He has served on several national and international committees including National Science Foundation, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Geological Society of America, and the US National Committee on Scientific Ocean Drilling.

After receiving a B.S. in geology and Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of California, Dr. Filippelli has successfully secured more than 20 research grant awards on impacting undergraduate, graduate and post doctoral students at IUPUI and throughout the world.