C-DEBI Newsletter – April 15, 2019
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Publications & Press

Frontiers in Microbiology
Living at the Extremes: Extremophiles and the Limits of Life in a Planetary Context - NEW!
Nancy Merino, Heidi Aronson, Diana P. Bojanova, Jayme Feyhl-Buska, Michael L. Wong, Shu Zhang, Donato Giovannelli*
*C-DEBI Contribution 468

Prokaryotic life has dominated most of the evolutionary history of our planet, evolving to occupy virtually all available environmental niches. Extremophiles, especially those thriving under multiple extremes, represent a key area of research for multiple disciplines, spanning from the study of adaptations to harsh conditions, to the biogeochemical cycling of elements. Extremophile research also has implications for origin of life studies and the search for life on other planetary and celestial bodies. In this article, we will review the current state of knowledge for the biospace in which life operates on Earth and will discuss it in a planetary context, highlighting knowledge gaps and areas of opportunity.

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The Boothbay Register: Study shows unusual microbes hold clues to early life - NEW!
A new study has revealed how a group of deep-sea microbes provides clues to the evolution of life on Earth, according to a recent paper in The ISME Journal (Carr, et al., C-DEBI Contribution 451). Researchers used cutting-edge molecular methods to study these microbes, which thrive in the hot, oxygen-free fluids that flow through Earth’s crust.


Meetings & Activities


Education & Outreach

C-DEBI: Professional Development Webinar This Wednesday: April 17, 12pm PST
Pete Girguis (Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University) leads the next C-DEBI Professional Development Webinar on “Broadening your thinking and your impact: Tips on how to develop effective outreach programs.” Missed the last Professional Development Webinar on “Lessons Learned: Adventures in Online Teaching and Trying to Balance Research & Teaching” with Jason Sylvan (Texas A&M)? Watch it on YouTube.

C-DEBI: Call for Nominations: Professional Development Webinar Series
Know someone who can share their knowledge of essential skills not learned in graduate school, like developing a syllabus, how to choose what professional service committees to serve on or how to transition to a career in industry? C-DEBI seeks nominations for its Professional Development Webinar series.

IODP-USSSP: U.S. Travel Support for Petrophysics Summer School
The deadline to apply for travel support and for the course is April 22, 2019.

IODP-USSSP: Apply to sail on the JR as an Onboard Outreach Officer
Application period closes April 26, 2019.

IODP-USSSP: Apply to host an Ocean Discovery Lecturer
For the 2018-19 academic year, an exciting lineup of distinguished lecturers is available to speak at your institution, including C-DEBI researchers Ginny Edgcomb and Brandi Kiel Reese. Application deadline to host an Ocean Discovery Lecturer: May 17, 2019.

ECORD Summer School 2019 on Sub­duc­tion Zone Pro­cesses, Bremen,Germany - NEW!
The ma­jor goal is to bring PhD stu­dents and young Postdocs in touch with IODP at an early stage of their ca­reer, in­form them about the ex­cit­ing re­search within IODP as (I)ODP and DSDP have been proven to be the most suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tion­ally col­lab­or­at­ive re­search pro­grams in the his­tory of Earth sci­ences, and to pre­pare them for future participation in IODP expeditions. Such train­ing will be achieved by tak­ing the sum­mer school par­ti­cipants on a “virtual ship” where they get fa­mil­i­ar­ized with a wide spec­trum of state-of-the-art ana­lyt­ical tech­no­lo­gies and core de­scrip­tion and scan­ning meth­ods ac­cord­ing to the high stand­ards of IODP ex­ped­i­tions. In ad­di­tion, the them­atic topic of the sum­mer school will be re­viewed by vari­ous sci­entific lec­tures by the lead­ing ex­perts in the field. Application deadline: June 19, 2019.


Proposal Calls

NOAA: Ocean Exploration and Research FFO Announcement - NEW!
The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is soliciting ocean exploration proposals to address knowledge gaps and support growth in the Nation’s Blue Economy and/or to contribute to Seabed 2030 goals. Proposals are being requested on the following three topics: 1. OCEAN EXPLORATION. Ocean exploration to inform management, sustainable use, and conservation of marine resources in poorly explored deep ocean areas of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Areas proposed for exploration and/or initial characterization must be at a minimum depth of 200 meters. 2. MARINE ARCHAEOLOGY. Discovery and characterization of underwater cultural heritage representing past marine-based economic activities or early human occupation to inform decisions on preservation and seabed use, and to identify sources of potential environmental impacts. Marine archaeology proposals can be conducted in any water depth. 3. TECHNOLOGY. Application of new or novel use of existing ocean technologies or innovative methods that increase the scope and efficiency of acquiring ocean exploration data and improve usability of and access to ocean exploration data. Proposed technologies must be applicable to water depths of 200 meters or greater, though testing in shallower water or lab-based test facilities will be supported. The deadline for the pre-proposal submission is May 24, 2019.

Simons Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology
Application deadline: June 14, 2019.

NSF: Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)
Full proposal deadline: August 5, 2019.

NSF: Biological Oceanography
Full proposal deadline date: August 15, 2019.

NSF: Chemical Oceanography
Full proposal deadline date: August 15, 2019.

NSF: Physical Oceanography
Full proposal deadline date: August 15, 2019.

NSF: Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)
Letter of intent due date: October 30, 2019.

NSF: Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Next letter of intent window: November 25, 2019 – December 6, 2019.

Rolling Calls:



TAMU: Instructional Assistant Professor
Application deadline: June 1, 2019.

LMU: Professorship of Geological Earth Surface Processes - NEW!
This Professorship of Geological Earth Surfaces Processes (Sedimentology) should strengthen the Faculty of Geosciences in research and teaching in the area of Geology. This professorship is aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary cooperation in the dynamics of earth surface processes documented by sedimentary facies, stratigraphic successions, or paleoclimatological proxies, on the basis of sedimentological field observations and modern methods of sedimentary rock analysis. We expect a willingness to explore synergies with tectonics, paleontology, geobiology, geophysics, geochemistry, physical geography and in particular with the research and teaching unit in geology, as well as with the GeoBio-Center LMU and the Munich Geocenter. The establishment of third-party research funding from national and international sources is expected. Teaching responsibilities in the Bachelor program “Geosciences”, in the international Masters Programs “Geology”, “Geobiology and Paleobiology”, and “Geophysics”, as well as further teaching responsibilities in exogenic geology/sedimentology, must be met in a manner which is complementary to the existing teaching strengths of the department.

MSU: Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Princeton University: Assistant Professor

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