Lead Proponents


Project Steering Committee

The Oman Drilling Committee

Other Principal Investigators

ChikyuOman Phase 1 Decision Making Team


Lead Proponents

Prof. Peter Kelemen – Lead Proponent, Chief Scientist, Chair of Project Steering Committee

Peter Kelemen is Arthur D. Storke Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the Geochemical Society. He studies the chemical and physical processes of reaction between fluids and rocks. He has worked on the genesis and evolution of oceanic and continental crust, chemical cycles in subduction zones, and new mechanisms for earthquake initiation. His primary focus now is on geologic capture and storage of CO2 (CCS), and reaction-driven cracking processes in natural and engineered settings, with  application to CCS, geothermal power generation, hydrocarbon extraction, and in situ mining. He teaches a popular course on “Earth Resources for Sustainable Development” at Columbia, as well as courses and seminars on petrology, geochemistry, and geodynamics. Kelemen was a founding partner of Dihedral Exploration (1980-1992), consultants specializing in exploration for mineral deposits in steep terrain, with contracts in Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Research and climbing have taken him to Peru, India, Oman, the Aleutian Islands, 7,500 meters above sea level in Pakistan, and 5,500 meters below sea level via submersibles along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. He received his AB from Dartmouth College in 1980, and his PhD from the University of Washington in 1987. He spent 16 years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before moving to Columbia’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in 2004.



Prof. Jürg M. Matter – Lead Proponent and Project Director

Juerg Matter is Associate Professor in Geoengineering at the University of Southampton, UK since spring 2013. Matter was previously an Associate Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York. Matter studies the physical and geochemical processes of gas-water-rock reactions. He has worked on the geochemical and isotopic characterization of groundwater systems applying field techniques and numerical simulations. His primary focus now is on geologic carbon capture and storage. Matter has made fundamental advances in understanding permanent carbon storage in unconventional geologic reservoirs, such as basaltic rocks and mantle peridotites. He also develops new tracer techniques for monitoring and accounting of CO2 transport, reactivity and storage in geologic systems. He received his MSci and PhD from ETH-Zurich in Switzerland.





Prof. Damon A. H. Teagle – Lead Proponent, Vice Chair of Project Steering Committee

Damon Teagle is Professor of Geochemistry and Royal Society Wolfson Foundation Merit Award holder at Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, UK.  He is also Deputy Director (Research) of the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute.  Damon’s research principally involves the role of fluids in geological and environmental processes with emphasis on the formation and evolution of the ocean crust, sea floor hydrothermal systems and their influence on global geochemical cycles, fluid flow during metamorphism and mountain building, ore mineralization, and unconventional approaches to carbon sequestration. In addition to the Oman Drilling Project, Damon has been heavily involved in the Superfast Campaign to drill a complete section of upper oceanic crust in ODP Hole 1256D (ODP Leg 206, IODP Expeditions 309/312, 335), the MoHole to Mantle project (M2M), and the Deep Fault Drilling Project to penetrate, sample and instrument the Alpine Fault, the highly active fault zone that forms the boundary between the Australian and Pacific plates in the South Island of New Zealand. He is heavily involved in scientific ocean drilling, and was part of the team that co-wrote the current IODP Science Plan. He presently chairs the NERC UK-IODP Programme Advisory Group. He holds an MSc in Geology from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge.  Before an unlikely move back to the UK he spent almost 7 years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan.




Dr. Jude Coggon – OmanDP Project Manager

Jude Coggon is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK. Her research focuses on the use of platinum-group elements (PGEs) and Pt-Re-Os isotopes to trace mantle processes and Early Earth crust-mantle dynamics. Coggon and co-authors developed a novel technique for measuring the 190Pt-186Os isotope system and pioneered the application of this system to directly date terrestrial samples, including platinum-group minerals from ophiolitic chromitites. She is interested in the behavior of PGEs during the lifecycle of oceanic lithosphere, implications for investigating early tectonic processes and concentration of these elements in precious metal mineral deposits. Coggon teaches undergraduate, MSci and MRes courses on subjects including mineralogy and crystallography, petrology, contemporary research and oral and written research presentation skills. She received her MESci from Cardiff University in 2007 and her PhD from Durham University in 2010. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Steinmann Institut, Rheinishe Friedrich-Wilhems-Universität Bonn from 2011 to 2015. She moved back to the UK from Germany in September 2015 to take up her current post at Southampton.



Eng. Zaher Bin Khalid Al Sulaimani – In-Country Project Manager

Mr Zaher Khaled Al Sulaimani holds BSc and MSc degrees in Earth Science and Physics. He is the Sultanate of Oman Country Technical Representative in the Middle East Desalination Research Center and a board member of the Public Authority for Electricity and Water. Al Sulaimani was Director General of Water resources in the Ministry of Regional Municipality and Water Resources and subsequently Director General of Projects in the Public Authority of Electricity and Water (total of 19 years service). Prior to that he served in the Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals for 11 years. Al Sulaimani is founder member and President of the Oman Water Society and founder member of the Geological Society of Oman. He is also a member of the Water Science Technology Association, the Environment Society of Oman, the International Water Association, the International Desalination Association and the Historical Association of Oman. His current interests focus on enhancing the principle of Integrated Water Resource Management and its applications and monitoring climate change and its impact on water resources and environmental systems.


Project Steering Committee (PSC)

The Oman Drilling Project is guided by a Project Steering Committee comprising the lead principal investigators, specialist experts, and important liaisons with national and international bodies such as the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR), JAMSTEC, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP):

Prof. Peter Kelemen  Chief Scientist of the Oman Drilling Project; Chair PSC; Lead Principal Investigator on Oman Drilling Project

Prof. Juerg Matter  Principal Investigator on Oman Drilling Project; Principal contact with ICDP; Principal liaison with Omani Government and other bodies; Geophysical logging, physical properties measurements, and hydrology

Dr Jude Coggon  OmanDP Project Manager; Logistics, personnel, website, organisation

Eng. Zaher Bin Khalid Al Sulaimani  In-Country Project Manager; Logistics and liason in Oman

Prof. Damon A. H. Teagle  Vice Chair of PSC; Chair of the Sampling Oversight and Allocation Committee (SOAC); Principal Investigator on Oman Drilling Project

Eng. Said Al-Habsi (Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, Sultanate of Oman)  Chair of the Oman Drilling Committee (ODC)

Dr. Ali Al Rajhi (Public Authority for Mining, Sultanante of Oman)  Permitting and Government liason in Oman

Dr. Marguerite Godard (Directrice de Recherche, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, France)  Geochemical and isotopic analyses of rock sampless

Prof. David Goldberg (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA)  Geophysical logging and borehole packer testing

Dr. Benoit Ildefonse (Directeur de Recherche, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, France)  Outreach, and liaison with the IODP

Prof. Jürgen Koepke (Leibniz Universitaet, Germany)  Petrology of igneous and hi-T metamorphic rocks from the lower crust and mantle

Prof. Chris MacLeod (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK)  Structural and petrological work on igneous and high T metamorphic rocks in the middle crust and sheeted dikes

Prof. Craig Manning (Dept. Earth & Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, USA)  Analyses of low temperature metamorphic rocks

Prof. Katsuyoshi Michibayashi (Shizuoka University, Japan)  Structural analyses of igneous and high T metamorphic rocks from the lower crust and upper mantle

Dr. Jay Miller (IODP Manager of Technical & Analytical Services, Texas A&M University, USA)  Core logging, publication of the Initial Report, and other liaison with IODP personnel

Prof. Sobhi Nasir  (Head, Dept. of Geology, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)  Participation of undergraduates and graduate students from Oman

Prof. Matt Schrenk (Michigan State University, USA)  Biogeological sampling and borehole incubation experiments

Prof. Everett Shock (Arizona State University, USA)  Water and gas sampling and analysis

Prof. Eiichi Takazawa (Niigata University, Japan)  Detailed site selection and associated surface mapping and sampling

Prof. Alexis Templeton (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)  Biogeochemical and microbiological sampling and borehole incubation experiments

Day-to-day decisions are made by a Core Team comprising the Chief Scientist and Chair of the PSC (Kelemen), the Oman DP Project Director and Manager (Matter and Coggon, respectively), Mr Zaher al Sulaimani of the Oman Water Society, and the Vice-Chair of the PSC and Chair of the Sample Oversight and Allocation Committee (Teagle).


The Oman Drilling Committee (ODC)

The Oman Drilling Committee (ODC) was established by representatives of the major stakeholders in the Sultanate of Oman with interests in the Oman Drilling Project. The role of the ODC is to provide independent advice, and assist with the drilling permitting processes and other matters. The membership comes from a range of Omani government organisations and Sultan Qaboos University:

Eng. Said Al-Habsi (Chair)  Ministry of Rural Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR)

Dr. Rashid Al-Abri (Co-Chair)  MRMWR

Eng. Salim Al-Khanbashi  MRMWR

Haider Al-Ajmi  MRMWR

Dr. Ali Al-Rajahi  Public Authority for Mining

Prof. Sobhi Nasir  Sultan Qaboos University

Ibrahim Al Ajmi  (Director General for Climate Affairs), Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs


Other Principal Investigators

Raeid Abed – Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Shoji Arai – Kanazawa University, Japan

Wolfgang Bach – University of Bremen, Germany

Kier Becker – Univeristy of Miami, USA

Françoise Boudier – Université de Montpellier, France

Georges Ceuleneer – CNRS, France

Laurence Coogan – University of Victoria, Canada

Gretchen Früh-Green – ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Dieter Garbe-Schönberg University of Kiel, Germany

Kathyrn Gillis – University of Victoria, Canada

Steve Goldstein – Columbia University, USA

Philippe Gouze - Université de Montpellier, France

Greg Hirth – Brown University, USA

Albrecht Hofmann – Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany

Bjorn Jamtveit – Univeristy of Oslo, Norway

Frieder Klein – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, USA

Charles Langmuir – Harvard University, USA

Sumio Miyashita – Niigata University, Japan

Adolphe Nicolas – Université de Montpellier, France

Barbara Sherwood-Lollar – University of Toronto, Canada

Satish Singh – Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France

Rob Sohn – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, USA

Martin Stute – Columbia University, USA

Susumu Umino – Kanazawa University, Japan

Jessica Warren – University of Delaware, USA


ChikyuOman Phase 1 Decision Making Team (DMT)

The Oman Drilling Project Phase 1 drill cores will be described and analyzed onboard the JAMSTEC Drilling Vessel Chikyu from 15th July to 15th September 2017. For these shipboard activities onboard Chikyu a Decision Making Team (DMT) has been established for effective decision making and sharing of information between the OmanDP PSC, the shipboard Co-Chiefs, Staff Scientists, the wider Science party and the CDEX Laboratory Managers. When wider discussion is required, for example for budget related issues, the DMT will share information with a broader constituency including the OmanDP PSC, ODS group leaders and JAMSTEC administrators. Oversight of data and sampling will remain the responsibility of the OmanDP Sample Oversight and Allocation Committee (SOAC) but with refined procedures to approve and facilitate shipboard and personal sample requests (see below).

Membership of the OmanChikyu Phase 1 Decision Making Team (DMT)

 Prof. Peter Kelemen

Co-Chief Scientist (Parts A & B)

 Prof. Damon Teagle

Co-Chief Scientist (Part A)

 Prof. Eiichi Takazawa

Co-Chief Scientist (Part A)

 Prof. Katzu Michibayashi

Co-Chief Scientist (Part B)

 Dr Michelle Harris

Staff Scientist (BT1) / Co-Chief Scientist (GT3)

 Dr Jude Coggon

Staff Scientist (Part A)

 Dr Natsue Abe

Staff Scientist (Part A & B)

 Mr Juan Carlos de Obeso

Staff Scientist (Part B, GT3)

 Ms Chiaki Igarashi

Administration and CDEX Laboratory Manager

 Dr Akihiro Tamura

ChikyuOman Project Manager