C-DEBI Newsletter – March 2, 2015
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Proposal Calls

IODP: Call for Scientific Ocean Drilling Proposals
The International Ocean Discovery Program explores Earth’s history, structure, dynamics, and deep biosphere through seafloor drilling, coring, and downhole measurements. Themes of highest priority are described in the program’s science plan ( Three types of drilling platforms permit operations in a variety of environments: (1) The D/V JOIDES Resolution (JR); (2) the riser-equipped (with riserless option) D/V Chikyu; and (3) Mission Specific Platforms (MSP), which provide a range of technologies for drilling and long-coring in various types of environments not accessible or suitable to JR and Chikyu. JR is planned to operate for 8 months or more per year, depending on available support, under a long-term, global circumnavigation plan based on proposal pressure. MSP expeditions are planned to operate once per year on average. Operations of Chikyu will be project-based. JR is expected to operate in the eastern Indian and western and southwestern Pacific Oceans through 2016 and 2017, followed by a track across the southern Pacific Ocean, with an opportunity for drilling in the Southern and Atlantic Oceans in 2018 and 2019. Although JR proposals for any region are strongly encouraged, proposals for the Southern Ocean, and the south and central Atlantic in particular are encouraged. Chikyu proposals for any ocean are welcomed. MSP proposals for any ocean are welcomed, with proposals for the Arctic and Southern Oceans particularly encouraged. See for proposal guidance and a description of program activities. For questions regarding this call contact Submit by April 1, 2015.

CIFAR/GBMF: Call for Proposals for Workshops in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Proposals are due Monday, March 9, 2015.

L'Oréal USA: For Women in Science Fellowships
Applications are due on Friday, March 20, 2015.

NSF: Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program solicitation
Full proposal deadline: March 25, 2015.

ECORD: Research Grants for Graduate Students and Postdocs at ECORD Country Institutions
The deadline to apply for an ECORD Research Grant is March 31, 2015.

NSF: Dimensions of Biodiversity Program Solicitation
Full proposal deadline: April 09, 2015.

IODP: Apply to sail on Expedition 362 Sumatra Seismogenic Zone aboard the JOIDES Resolution
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2015.
National Academies Research Associateships for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Researchers
There are four annual review cycles and the next closes May 01, 2015.

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, next submission deadline May 15, 2015, related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

Education & Outreach

C-DEBI: Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement (CC-RISE)
CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, summer research internship program for community college students run by C-DEBI. Students gain firsthand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) or Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). In addition to research, students participate in activities focusing on how to transition from a two-year college to a university and information on graduate school. At the end of the program, students present their results to an audience of peers and mentors.

ECORD Summer School 2015: Ocean crust processes: magma, faults, fluxes and life, August 31 - September 11, 2015, Bremen, Germany
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 actual research within this international scientific program, and to prepare them for future participations 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 methods according to the high standards on IODP expeditions. In addition, the thematic topic of the summer school "Ocean crust processes: magma, faults, fluxes and life" will be reviewed by various scientific lectures by the leading experts in the field. Mid-ocean ridges are important Earth Connections, where much of the exchange of heat and matter between the lithosphere and the oceans takes place. The formation and structure of ocean crust and the rates and pathways of interaction with the oceans depend on spreading and magma supply rates. Ocean core complexes are a major mode of crustal accretion at slow-spreading ridges, where upper mantle rocks are exhumed along long-lived, low-angle detach-ment faults. Ocean drilling of these complexes offers a unique opportunity to access lithologies that were initially emplaced at the base of the lithosphere. Serpentinization reactions in these environments support unique ecosystems in the deep-sea and within the crust. The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

The Data Incubator: Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
The next session will be from 06/01/15 to 07/17/15.

Meetings, Workshops and Activities

Microenergy 2015: 3rd International Workshop on Microbial Life Under Extreme Energy Limitation, September 21-25, Sandbjerg, Denmark
At several hundred meters below our feet or below the sea floor, the energy flux and the theoretical growth rate of bacteria are orders of magnitude below anything we can understand from research on cultivated microorganisms. Studies of the carbon and energy turnover deep beneath the seafloor and in the terrestrial subsurface indicate that the prokaryotic cells living here subsist at an energy flux that barely allows cell growth over tens to thousands of years. It remains unexplained whether the organisms have properties beyond our current understanding of microbial life and whether these organisms in fact represent the predominant mode of microbial life on our planet - or whether energy sources may be available that have not yet been identified. The limits of microbial life and the exploration of the biological demand for energy is the focus of the 3rd International Workshop on Microbial Life under Extreme Energy Limitation, held 21-25 September at Sandbjerg Manor near Sonderborg, Denmark. We invite researchers and students from different relevant disciplines to participate in the workshop in order to discuss microbial energy requirements and stimulate new thinking and new approaches. Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 30, 2015.

DCO: Second DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop, August 31 - September 5, 2015, São Miguel, Portugal
The Deep Carbon Observatory is hosting its second Early Career Scientist Workshop at the Centro De Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, University of the Azores, São Miguel, 31 August-5 September 2015. This workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers active in deep carbon studies from around the world. Building on the success of the first DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop in Costa Rica in February 2014, this relatively small workshop (~40 scientists) of early career researchers will continue to foster collaboration and community within the growing DCO Science Network. The workshop is funded by the Deep Carbon Observatory, and aims to support financially as many participants as possible. There is no registration fee for this workshop (accommodation and meals will be provided), and successful applicants will be eligible for up to 100% reimbursement of travel costs. Applications are encouraged from senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, and newly appointed assistant professors, due May 1, 2015.

Astrobiology Science Conference 2015: Habitability, Habitable Worlds, and Life, June 15-19, 2015, Chicago, IL
The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, March 4. There are many session groups relevant to the C-DEBI community, including "Extreme Earth: Omics Research on Microbial Communities, Their Chemistries, and What it Means for Life in the Solar System."

12th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium: University of California, Riverside, April 11, 2015
The Southern California Geobiology Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and post docs to present their research in disciplines encompassed by the interdisciplinary field of geobiology. Disciplines that are included under the umbrella of geobiology include geology, geochemistry, biology, astrobiology, microbiology, oceanography, paleobiology/-ecology and environmental sciences. Anyone with an interest in these fields is welcome to attend. The due date for abstract submissions and registration is March 6, 2015.
The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants, and the deadline to register is March 15, 2015.

IODP: Workshop for Scientific Drilling in the Indian Ocean Crust and Mantle
For more information and to register, please visit:

Bigelow: Third Microbial Single Cell Genomics Workshop, June 14-18, 2015, Boothbay Harbor, ME
Workshop goals are to exchange research results, methods and ideas related to microbial single cell genomics (SCG), in this way stimulating further progress in this exciting research field.


Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences: Chemical/Physical/Biological Oceanographer
We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in: (1) Biological or biogeochemical oceanography including those with interests in biogeochemical cycles; molecular biology/genomics; microbial ecology; phytoplankton/zooplankton ecology and physiology; nutrient and/or trace element geochemistry; tracer geochemistry; and (2) Physical oceanography, especially those with interests in new observing technologies including mooring and AUV systems, or physical-biological modeling. Successful applicants will be expected to build a strong research program, complementary to and synergistic with a broad range of oceanographic research at BIOS. Familiarity with the U.S. federal agency funding system is especially desirable. Although primarily a research position, opportunities exist for teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level ( A Ph.D. or equivalent experience in an appropriate discipline is required. We invite applications from scientists at all experience levels from early career to senior scientist. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2015.

UTK: Professor and Head Department of Microbiology, The College of Arts & Sciences
Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Moore Foundation: Program Officer, Marine Microbiology Initiative
The Foundation is seeking an accomplished scientist with expertise in a biological, oceanographic or other field relevant to marine microbial ecology, a passion for broad scientific inquiry and advancement, and excitement about MMI’s goals.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Postdoctoral Fellow in microbiology (“microbial dark matter” biology)
The review of materials will begin December 01, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography: Two Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Oceanography
The committee will begin to review applications on October 24, 014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Don’t forget to email me with any items you'd like to share in future newsletters! You are what makes our deep biosphere community!
Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
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Phone: 708-691-9563, Fax: 213-740-2437

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