Dr. Mohammad Ismaiel, DST-Inspire Faculty in the Centre for Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS), University of Hyderabad (UoH) has participated in an International program called IODP-381 (Corinth Active Rift Development) in MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany during January 28 to February 25, 2018.

He is the only Scientist from India to have been invited to be part of this expedition.


An international team of Expedition 381 has looked many aspects of the active continental rift in the Gulf of Corinth (Greece) and trying to understand the structural evolution, surface processes, natural hazards and paleoclimate reconstruction from drilled core below the seabed.

Dr. Ismaiel was part of an International Scientists team that had analysed the first sediment samples ever drilled from Greece’s Gulf of Corinth, an active continental rift where Earth’s crust expands and thins. As part of International Ocean Discovery Program-381 (Corinth Active Rift Development), Dr. Ismaiel along with other team members from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States met at the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), located at MARUM – Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen, Germany, in February 2018 to split, analyse & sample the cores and analyse the data collected. International team of scientists, including 35 scientists of different geoscience disciplines will continue to analyse the cores and samples over the next 2 to 4 years to understand faulting, landscape evolution, past climate and how the continental rifted margin evolves in spatial and temporal domain.


The expedition is conducted by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research program supported by 23 countries, which explores Earth’s history and structure recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors sub-seafloor environments. Through multiple platforms-a feature unique to IODP-scientists sample the deep biosphere and Sub-seafloor Ocean, environmental change, processes and effects, and solid earth cycles and dynamics.

Dr. Ismaiel has looked at the physical properties of the sedimentary sequences drilled in Corinth active rift system. The association with the IODP program provides him a platform for professional development and research collaboration with international scientists.

About Dr. Ismaiel:

He has done his Doctoral Research from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography and joined the Centre for Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, UoH in 2017 as DST-Inspire Faculty. His areas of interest include Continental rifting and plate reconstruction, Tectonics and sedimentation processes at rifted margins.