C-DEBI Newsletter – July 17, 2017
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Reference Module  in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
A Review of the Geochemistry and Microbiology of Marine Shallow-Water Hydrothermal Vents NEW!
Roy E. Price*, Donato Giovannelli
*C-DEBI Contribution 367

Marine shallow-water vents are ubiquitous but poorly studied geothermal environments located worldwide between the intertidal zone and 212 m depth. Important factors differentiating them from their deep-sea counterparts include sunlight, tidal/wave pumping, meteoric water sources, terrigenous inputs, elevated metal concentrations, and abundant free gas. Mixing of vent fluids with oxidized seawater generates multiple redox disequilibria readily exploited by microbes. Although highly diverse, two major groups include an Epsilonprotebacteria-dominated community sharing similarities with deep-sea analogs, and a community dominated by Gammaproteobacteria/Firmicutes. The distribution of different microbial taxa within each vent is primarily controlled by temperature and availability of suitable electron donors and acceptors. However, the coexistence of phototrophs, chemolithoautotrophs, and a high abundance of aerobic and anaerobic heterotrophs, suggests the presence of sunlight and high organic carbon loads define unique microbial habitats that are transitionary between terrestrial and deep-sea vents. We summarize here the current knowledge of shallow-sea vents worldwide, highlighting gaps on our understanding of these unique environments.


Meetings & Activities

IODP-USSSP: Nominate an Ocean Discovery Lecturer!
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Ocean Discovery Lecturer, email their name, institution, and potential lecture topic to the USSSP Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Kurtz (, by the nomination deadline of July 21, 2017.

IODP-USSSP: Volunteer for an IODP Board, Committee, or Panel
The deadline to apply is July 21, 2017.

AGU: 2017 Fall Meeting Deep Biosphere Sessions of Interest
Abstract submissions for the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting are due August 2, 2017 (Early submissions due July 26, 2017). Please consider submitting your abstracts to these deep-biosphere related sessions:

See also the AGU 2017 Fall Meeting Sessions of Interest to the DCO Community.

ICDP: Training Course on Continental Scientific Drilling
Deadline for application is August 18, 2017.

AGU: 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting Session ED005: Innovations in Interdisciplinary Ocean Leadership & Workforce Development for Early Career Scientists - NEW!
Chairs: Laura H Good (Center for Ocean Solutions/Stanford), Todd Christenson (NOAA), Stephanie Schroeder (USC/C-DEBI) and Andrea K Johnson (NSF). 
Description: If we prepare strong leaders who are effective at collaborative, interdisciplinary ocean problem solving, more successful solutions for issues facing the ocean are likely to be developed. In addition, as more and more early career ocean scientists are opting out of careers in academia, it is imperative that they have greater skill sets beyond research. Preparing these future ocean science leaders will entail: 1) Using best practices in STEM workforce development at the higher education level; 2) Increasing exposure to the variety of current and anticipated future ocean science careers and needed skills to attain them; and 3) Increasing access to experiential professional development opportunities that help build the technical and non-technical skills required in ocean science, policy, and resource management, both inside and outside of academia. This session will look at the future of the ocean science workforce and will share innovative approaches, studies, projects, and programs that work to better prepare our future ocean science leaders as they plan for their careers. We invite presentations by individuals from federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions as well as private organizations and companies who can directly address in-demand skills, availability of student resources and effective employment pathways. Abstract deadline: September 6, 2017.

C-DEBI: Rolling call for Community Workshop support
The NSF Science and Technology Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) invites proposals for $15,000 on average (and up to $20,000) in direct funds for community workshops that will help to advance C-DEBI’s central research agenda: to investigate the subseafloor biosphere deep in marine sediment and oceanic crust, and to conduct multi-disciplinary studies to develop an integrated understanding of subseafloor microbial life at the molecular, cellular, and ecosystem scales. C-DEBI’s research agenda balances exploration-based discovery, hypothesis testing, data integration and synthesis, and systems-based modeling. C-DEBI welcomes proposals from applicants who would enhance diversity in C-DEBI and STEM fields.


Education & Outreach

DCO Webinar Wednesdays
Next up: "Studying Deep Earth Reactive Transport Using ENKI: A Modeling Primer," July 26, 2017. Missed the last webinar on "Visual Tools for Big Data Network Analysis"? Watch it on YouTube.

USC / C-DEBI / Wrigley: Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, Friday August 11, USC Irani Hall (RRI) Lobby, 1 to 4 PM - NEW!
You are invited to join us for our Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium featuring research on coastal ocean processes, subseafloor microbes and more by undergraduates of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Summer REU program and the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations C4 and GGURE programs. Light refreshments will be served. Please send an email to Gwen Noda to let us know that you plan to attend. See the flyer for more details.

C-DEBI: Next Professional Development Webinar: August 24, 11am PT - NEW!
Karen G. Lloyd (University of Tennessee) leads the next C-DEBI Professional Development Webinar on “How to Negotiate in Academia,” covering why negotiation is essential, tips for how to do so successfully and what to expect from post-doc and assistant professorship job negotiations. Missed the last webinar on “Proposal Writing, Management, and Budget Planning”? Watch it on YouTube.

Risk Innovation Lab: 2017 Science Showcase Video Contest!
Submissions close August 31, 2017.

Proposal Calls

NSF: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Program Solicitation
Proposal deadlines due July 19-21, 2017 depending on directorate.

The Mindlin Foundation: One Tweet, One Percent - NEW!
The 1% Microgrant is intended to support 1% of a single investigator’s salary for a single year, approximately 20-30 hours, or an equivalent dollar amount to cover materials and other expenses for a project of roughly that duration. Creative proposals aimed at supporting research, education, outreach, or professional development in STEM disciplines (including social and behavioral sciences, or interdisciplinary humanities/STEM projects) will be considered. This award is intended to provide protected time or resources for a small side project that would otherwise not be possible for an active scientist/educator. Ideally it will be self-contained and not a supplement to a large funded or ongoing project. Examples include but are not limited to: course development, an exploratory field trip, a single experiment, professional development (learning or teaching), or a special student session. The award will cover 1% of an investigator’s effort, up to 30% fringe, and their institution’s negotiated rate for federal indirect (facilities and administration) charges. Pre-applications should be made via Twitter. At approximately 9 am EDT on August 1, 2017@MindlinFndtn will post an announcement tweet. Proposals should be a single reply to that tweet.

Beckman Young Investigator Program
Application deadline: August 14, 2017

NSF: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) - NEW!
IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT). Letter of intent due date: August 18, 2017.

NSF: Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U. S. Research Community
Full proposal deadline: August 21, 2017.

NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Solicitation 
Full proposal deadline: August 23, 2017.

IODP: Apply to Sail on IODP Expedition 378 - NEW!
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is now accepting applications for scientific participants on Expedition 378 South Pacific Paleogene Climate aboard the JOIDES Resolution.  IODP Expedition 378 will investigate the record of Cenozoic climate and oceanography through a drilling transect in the far southern Pacific Ocean. In particular, it will target sediments deposited during the very warm Late Paleocene and Early Eocene including the Paleocene-Eocene boundary, as well as the Eocene-Oligocene transition to investigate how the Eocene earth maintained high global temperatures and high heat transport to the polar regions despite receiving near modern levels of solar energy input. Investigation of the recovered sediments also will constrain the subpolar Pacific climate, oceanographic structure, and biogeochemical cycling of much of the Cenozoic. These sediments will be used to characterize water masses, deep and shallow ocean temperature, latitudinal temperature gradients, the strength of upwelling, and the strength of the zonal winds to study both the atmospheric and oceanic climatic subsystems. The expedition will occur from 14 October through 14 December 2018. Additional information about this expedition can be found on the Expedition 378 webpage. Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including but not limited to sedimentologists, micropaleontologists, paleomagnetists, inorganic/organic geochemists, petrologists, petrophysicists, microbiologists, and borehole geophysicists. U.S.-affiliated scientists interested in participating in this expedition should apply to sail through the U.S. Science Support Program, by visiting The deadline to apply is September 15, 2017.

IODP-USSSP: Proposals for Pre-Drilling Activities and Workshops
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) accepts proposals on a rolling basis for pre-drilling activities and semi-annually for workshops, related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Next workshop submission deadline: December 1, 2017.

NSF: Management and Operation of a National Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Pool

NSF: Using JOIDES Resolution to Collect Cores with Advanced Piston Coring (APC) System

DCO: Deep Life Cultivation Internship Program

NSF: Arctic Sciences Program Solicitation
Proposals accepted anytime.

NSF: Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) Program Solicitation
Preparing for TCUP Implementation proposals accepted anytime.

C-DEBI: Rolling call for Research Exchange proposals
C-DEBI facilitates scientific coordination and collaborations by supporting student, postdoctoral, and faculty exchanges to build, educate and train the deep subseafloor biosphere community. We award small research exchange grants for Center participants. These grants may be used to support research, travel for presenting C-DEBI research at meetings, or travel exchanges to other partner institutions or institutions that have new tools and techniques that can be applied to C-DEBI research. We anticipate ~10 awards of $500-5000 with additional matched funds to be granted annually.



TAMU: Research Scientist, Texas A&M International Ocean Discovery Program
We will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2017, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.

TAMU: Research Specialist II, Texas A&M International Ocean Discovery Program
We will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2017, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews.

MLML: Faculty Position in Chemical Oceanography - NEW!
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and San José State University (SJSU) are seeking well-qualified applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position to provide quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, and to pursue a vigorous research program in the general area of Chemical Oceanography. We are seeking a field-oriented scientist with broad interests in Chemical Oceanography, possibly including environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biological/chemical/physical interactions. The successful applicant must have a strong commitment to quality instruction and a record of a vigorous research program that can involve graduate students.  A Ph.D. is required.Teaching responsibilities include courses in chemical oceanography, biogeochemical processes, and other classes in specific areas of expertise. The candidate is expected to establish and maintain a vigorous extramurally funded research program involving MS students. The successful candidate will be a SJSU faculty member but will be located at the MLML facility, with all or most of their teaching/research conducted at MLML. Applications due August 23, 2017.

Montana State University, Bozeman: Postdoctoral Research Position in Environmental Microbiology - NEW!
The Hatzenpichler Lab at Montana State University, Bozeman, is looking for a postdoctoral scholar to study the spatial organization of microbial activity in marine sediments. Specifically, we seek to analyze the identity, 3d distribution, and cell-cell interactions of metabolically active microbes in salt marsh and deep-sea sediments. The postdoc will use a unique combination of cutting-edge techniques, including bioorthogonal labeling of translationally active cells, stable isotope probing and Raman micro-spectroscopy, as well as sorting and sequencing of individual metabolically active cells. The position will be available starting Sept. 1st 2017, is funded for 24 months, and will include full benefits. More information about the position and details on how to apply can be found at

Bigelow: Postdoctoral Scientist in Horizontal Gene Transfer in Marine Bacterioplankton

University of Pennsylvania: Postdoctoral Scholar Position

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Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
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