ESO - People

This page will provide information about the people involved in mission-specific platform operations including members of the ESO team and the scientists taking part in the MSP expeditions.

ESO Science Manager - Dave McInroy

picture of ESO science manager David McInroy has been the ESO Science Manager since April 2010, and is responsible for the detailed planning of operations and activities for Mission Specific Platforms. David joined ESO in 2003, and was Staff Scientist for IODP Expeditions 302 (Arctic), 310 (Tahiti) and 313 (New Jersey). David joined the BGS in 2001 as a hydrocarbon geoscientist, and works on various BGS projects concentrating on the NW European Margin, in particular the regional seismic interpretation, mapping, and analysis of the Hatton-Rockall and Faroe-Shetland Basins. David gained his M.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Durham in 2000, after which he worked as a Processing Geophysicist for Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG) in London.

ESO Curation & Laboratory Manager - Ursula Röhl

picture of ESO Curation & Laboratory Manager Ursula Röhl has worked in marine geology since earning her PhD in 1988; beginning her career at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) including the German ODP office, then continuing at Purdue University, Indiana, USA, and working since 1995 at the University of Bremen. She has held the position of Curation & Laboratory Manager for ESO since before the initiation of IODP in October 2003, and has been involved in nine expeditions of the predecessor program, the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP). She sailed on six ODP/IODP Legs/Expeditions in various capacities, including stratigraphic correlator, physical properties specialist and inorganic geochemist. Her research interests are in the areas of climatic evolution of Cenozoic oceans, cyclostratigraphy of early Paleogene records, and non-destructive core logging/scanning methods. She is the manager of both the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR) and of the XRF Core Scanner Lab at MARUM. Ursula especially enjoys working in international teams in her work related both to IODP research and management.

ESO European Petrophysics Consortium Manager - Sarah Davies

picture of ESO petrophysics consortium manager Sarah Davies is a clastic sedimentologist with key research interests in unravelling the influence of tectonic, climatic and eustatic controls on the development of sedimentary systems. She gained her PhD in 1993, from the University of Leicester, completed postdoctoral research at the University of Liverpool which was followed by a period as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Sarah joined the department at Leicester in June 1999 and is currently a full-time Senior Lecturer in Sedimentology. Her current research focuses on the sedimentology, geochemistry and petrophysics of fine-grained successions and the climatic and sea-level controls on depositional systems. She became the manager of the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC) in October 2007. Leicester is a lead member of EPC (which involves Leicester, Aachen and Montpellier). EPC is responsible for the acquisition and scientific interpretation of core and borehole measurements and the development of associated research programmes. The team advises the Expedition Science Party on logging, pre-expedition planning, shipboard acquisition and data distribution, post-expedition reporting and the scientific analysis and interpretation of the petrophysical data.

ESO Outreach Manager - Alan Stevenson

picture of ESO outreach managerAlan Stevenson joined the ESO team as Outreach Manager in November 2005. He has been with BGS since graduating in 1978 and started working on marine projects in 1986. In recent years he has been involved in several international projects funded by the EC. Alan has always had an interest in making science available to the public and working within IODP has been an opportunity to develop this area of interest. Alan says 'the education and outreach teams in Europe, the USA and Japan work closely to share and disseminate information about the Program. Working closely with the outreach specialists in the team to promote the work of IODP and the mission-specific platforms in particular has been a rewarding experience. I like to think that my marine science background has helped'.

ESO Public Relations - Albert Gerdes

picture of ESO public relations managerAlbert Gerdes has been the public relations officer for ESO since early 2004. After finishing his studies Gerdes worked as a freelance science writer for German radio stations, print media and TV and mainly covered the fields of polar, marine, and environmental research. In summer 1997 he joined the MARUM - Research Center Ocean Margins, University of Bremen, as a press information officer. "In such a position your work often is restricted to a national level and to cooperation with national media. Working within the IODP community offers many opportunities for international cooperation", Albert says. "Organizing media activities in connection with the Onshore Science Parties is one example. I really like that kind of work."