For the Public

In Search of Earth’s Secrets is a special project to bring the JOIDES Resolution (the JR) and its exciting science to communities around the country!

In Search of Earth’s Secrets is a 5-year project designed to create exciting “pop-up” science events in the style of pop-up restaurants, stores and art fairs. Bringing high quality earth and ocean science content to rural communities and those with a high percentage of traditionally underserved populations will create a buzz about the intriguing discoveries done around the world’s oceans and create opportunities for further learning. The project involves working with libraries, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations, program scientists, educators, and museums across the country.

Exhibit renderings of Earth’s Secrets event. Exhibits are being designed in partnership with Luci Creative.


For 2018, Earth’s Secrets is slated to visit these communities:

February – April    Martinsville, VA

April – June          New Brunswick, NJ

June – August      New York, NY

We will be looking for new communities for 2019, 2020 and 2021! Educators, families, museums, youth organizations, libraries: Are you interested in bringing Pop-Up to your community? Please fill out this form.


Our goals with the overall Pop-Up/Drill-Down Science traveling exhibit are to:

  1. Increase access to and awareness of ocean/earth science and careers especially in disadvantaged communities, by bringing the activities, exhibits and scientists themselves to non-traditional venues ranging from block parties, local festivals, malls and parking lots to libraries, museums, and science centers).
  2. Create a sustainable model for STEM learning in informal environments.
  3. Increase interest in the scientific drilling and research activities of the JOIDES Resolution among the general public (children, teens and adults) who attend the PUBs and Drill Down events.
  4. Foster partnerships between educators and scientists that lead to broader dissemination of scientists’ research and the larger vision of NSF.

This project is funded through NSF Award #1515856.   

It is run through a partnership with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Texas A&M University at College Station, Rutgers University and the University of Hawaii.


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Ocean Discovery Lecture Series

For over 20 years, the Ocean Discovery Lecture Series (formerly the Distinguished Lecturer Series) has brought the remarkable scientific results and discoveries of the International Ocean Discovery Program and its predecessor programs to academic research institutions, museums, and aquaria. Since 1991, over 750 presentations to diverse audiences have been made through the Lecture Series.

For the 2017-18 academic year, an exciting lineup of distinguished lecturers is available to speak at your institution. The topics of their lectures range widely, and include geohazards, methane hydrates, climate change, magnetostratigraphy, and more.