Dave Smith

IODP ESO Operations Manager

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 5105

E-mail Dave Smith


  • 2009 – ongoing : IODP ESO Operations Manager
  • 2009 –2014 : Head of Marine Operations and Engineering
  • 1986 : Joined British Geological Survey
  • 1984 –1986 : Marine Geophysics Surveys - Industry
  • 1982 –1984 : Wireline Logging Engineer - Industry

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests


  • Design, setup and run large scientific ocean research drilling operations for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
  • Development of remotely seabed drilling systems and ancillary tools

Published outputs

  • Lofi, J, Smith, D, Delahunty, C, Le Ber, E, Brun, L, Henry, G, Paris, J, Tikoo, S, Zylberman, W, Pezard, P A, Célérier, B, Schmitt, D R, Nixon, C and Expedition 364 Science Party. 2018. Drilling-induced and logging-related features illustrated from IODP–ICDP Expedition 364 downhole logs and borehole imaging tools. Scientific Drilling, 24, 1-13.
  • Sawaryn, S J, Bustin, P, Cain, M G, Crawford, I A, Lim, S, Linossier, A and Smith, D. 2018.Lunar Drilling – Challenges and Opportunities. Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 24-26 September, Dallas, Texas, USA.
  • Orcutt, B N, Bergenthal, M, Freudenthal, T, Smith, D, Lilley, M D, Schnieders, L, Green, S and Früh-Green, G L. 2017. Contamination tracer testing with seabed drills: IODP Expedition 357. Scientific Drilling, 23, 39-46.
  • Blackford, J, Stahl, H, Bull, J, Bergès, B, Cevatoglu, M, Lichtschlag, A, Connelly, D, James, R, Kita, J, Long, D, Naylor, M, Shitashima, K, Smith, D, Taylor, P, Wright, I, Akhurst, M, Chen, B, Gernon, T, Hauton, C, Hayashi, M, Kaieda, H, Leighton, T, Sato, T, Sayer, M, Suzumura, M, Tait, K, Vardy, M, White, P and Widdicombe, S. 2014. Detection and impacts of leakage from sub-seafloor deep geological carbon dioxide storage. Nature Climate Change 4, 1011-1016.