Deep Submergence Science Committee – Chair Position - Call for Nominations

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DeSSC Call for Nominations - Chair Position

Deadline 15 November 2021

The UNOLS Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC) is seeking nominations for the Chair position that will open in January 2022.  The DeSSC is the UNOLS Committee charged with providing oversight and advice to the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) Operator on matters concerning utilization, upgrades, and long-term planning of its vehicles (Alvin, Jason, and Sentry). The Committee strives to maintain awareness of new scientific tools, the needs of the users for new sensors and equipment to address important scientific questions, and to provide this information to the NDSF Operator, UNOLS, and funding agencies (NSF, NOAA and ONR).

The DeSSC Chair presides over the biannual DESSC meetings and serves as a liaison between the deep submergence community, the NDSF operator, and the funding agencies. Important activities of the DeSSC Chair include leading DeSSC in providing advice for the NDSF, engaging the next generation of NDSF users, and advancing the deep-ocean research agenda/vision in the US.  The DeSSC Chair also serves as a member of the UNOLS Council, which normally meets twice annually in person and once via web conference. The Term of office for the Chair position is three years with the possibility of reappointment for a second term. The new Chair would assume his/her responsibilities after the winter DeSSC 2022 meeting which will be held at the 2022 Ocean Sciences meeting. To assist in the transition of leadership, the current DeSSC Chair, Anna-Louise Reysenbach, will continue to serve on the committee (but as a regular member) through Spring of 2022.

Additional information about the DeSSC, including the Terms of Reference, can be found on the DeSSC page of the UNOLS website .  For information about Chair responsibilities contact the DeSSC Chair, Anna-Louise Reysenbach,

Scientists interested in serving as DeSSC Chair should submit the following information:

  • One page statement of interest that should include your vision for Deep Submergence Science over the next decade as well as how your efforts, service and/or scholarship have supported the introduction of ocean sciences to communities underrepresented in ocean sciences community and fostered an environment of respect which enables all individuals to excel and/or how your work will further the UNOLS’ commitment to diversity.
  • Summary of experience using deep submergence facilities.
  • Two-page current C.V.
Copies of these materials should be sent to Alice Doyle <> by 15 November 2021.  The UNOLS Chair will appoint the new DeSSC Chair based on the nomination made by the DESSC Committee.