|C-DEBI Newsletter – July 16, 2018
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Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
Organic Matter Degradation and Preservation in Encyclopedia of Geochemistry: A Comprehensive Reference Source on the Chemistry of the Earth (Ed. William M. White) - NEW!
Sandra Arndt, Douglas E. LaRowe*
*C-DEBI Contribution 397
Organic matter degradation and preservation play a key role in global biogeochemical cycles and climate. The degradation of OM generally proceeds via multiple enzymatic reactions involving millions of different organisms, billions of organic compounds, and a number of different oxidants, as well as intermediate compounds. As a result, OM degradation and preservation is controlled by a dynamic and complex interplay of different environmental factors. Attempts to isolate the impact of a single variable on the rate of OM degradation have often led to contradictory results. It is therefore becoming increasingly clear that OM degradability is not an intrinsic property of the organic matter itself but an ecosystem property. Correspondingly, the likelihood that a given organic compound will be degraded by a microbial community or be preserved will depend on the chemical formula and structure of that compound, in addition to the metabolic capabilities of the resident microorganisms in response to environmental factors such as electron acceptor and intermediate metabolite concentrations, temperature, and physical associations with minerals or other organic compounds.
Education & Outreach
Maine Science Festival: Buried Alive – Life Beneath the Seafloor - NEW!
Check out this recent presentation on deep biosphere research with C-DEBI Senior Scientist Beth Orcutt on YouTube!
IODP: How to bring the new JOIDES Resolution Traveling Exhibit to your community
NOAA: Ocean Exploration and Research Funding Opportunity
The deadline for the pre-proposal submission is July 26, 2018.
NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)
GRIP applications are due December 4, 2018.
NSF: Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences - NEW!
The goal of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) activity is to enhance the professional development of K-12 science educators through research experiences at the emerging frontiers of science in order to bring new knowledge into the classroom. BIO strongly encourages all of its grantees to make special efforts to identify talented teachers who can participate in this RET activity to integrate research and education. This special opportunity is the same opportunity that is specified in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) solicitation. We believe that encouraging active participation of teachers in on-going NSF projects is an excellent way to strengthen the scientific expertise of our nation’s teachers. Another goal of the RET supplement activity is to build collaborative relationships between K-12 science educators and the NSF research community. BIO is particularly interested in encouraging its researchers to build mutually rewarding partnerships with teachers at urban or rural schools and those in school districts with limited resources. Before submitting an RET request (as part of a new or renewal NSF proposal or as a supplemental funding request to an existing NSF award), we strongly encourage the Principal Investigator to initiate a conversation via email or phone with the program director of his/her particular NSF award, or the cognizant program director for the program to which s/he is submitting a proposal.
NSF: Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Funding to Broaden Participation in the Biological Sciences - NEW!
NSF celebrates the progress that U.S. institutions of higher education have made in bringing diversity to the science and engineering enterprise. Strategies to successfully broaden participation during pre-college years will help to ensure a diverse pool of future students, faculty and researchers. As a part of a new or renewal NSF proposal or as a supplemental funding request to an existing NSF Award, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will consider requests that: 1) Foster interest in the pursuit of studies in the Biological Sciences; and 2) Broaden participation of high school students, particularly those who are underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and women in sub-disciplines where they are underrepresented.
DCO: Deep Life Cultivation Internship Program
NSF: Arctic Sciences Program Solicitation
Proposals accepted anytime.
NSF: Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
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).
C-DEBI: Rolling call for Research Exchange proposals
Meetings & Activities
IODP-USSSP: Volunteer for the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board
AGU: 2018 Fall Meeting, submit your abstracts to a deep biosphere-related session
Attending the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington D.C., December 10-14, 2018? Consider submitting your abstracts to these deep subseafloor biosphere-related sessions:
- B039: Integrated Habitability Science: Forecasting the Trajectory of Life and Planetary Habitability on Earth and Beyond
Fumio Inagaki (JAMSTEC), Vlada Stamenkovic (JPL), Victoria J Orphan (CalTech), Kai-Uwe Hinrichs (MARUM)
- B061: Picky Eating in the Deep Subsurface?
Emily R Estes (U Delaware), Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert (WHOI), Sabrina Beckmann (U Delaware)
- ED003: Aiming for Truly Diverse Diversity to Strengthen the Geoscience Community
Sharon K Cooper (LDEO), Wesley Henson, Benjamin Andrew Keisling (UMass Amherst), Gari C Mayberry (USGS)
- H013: Advances in Subsurface Characterization using Innovative Methods of Geophysics and Hydrogeology
Deqiang Mao (Shandong U), Chak Hau Michael Tso (Lancaster U)
- OS028: Investigating Mid-Ocean-Ridge Processes with Deep Submergence Technologies
Patricia M Gregg (UIUC), Anna Louise Reysenbach (Portland State U), Vicki Lynn Ferrini (LDEO), Peter R Girguis (Harvard)
- P002: Analogue Studies of Gradient Systems Relevant to Astrobiology on Ocean Worlds and Mars
Laura M Barge (JPL), Scott M Perl (JPL)
- V015: Crustal formation, fluid-rock reactions and subsurface microbial communities in the Samail ophiolite: Results from the Oman Drilling Project and related research
Damon A H Teagle (U Southampton), Juerg Michael Matter (U Southampton), Peter B Kelemen (Columbia U), Alexis S Templeton (UC Boulder)
- V024: Hydrothermal systems in oceanic arcs: Subseafloor structure, mineralization processes, and vent communities
Hidenori Kumagai (JAMSTEC), Susan E Humphris (WHOI), Cornel E J de Ronde (GNS Science), Jun-Ichiro Ishibashi (Kyushu U)
- V029: New Insights into Oceanic Spreading Centers from Seafloor Observatories
Christian Baillard (U Washington), Thibaut Barreyre (U Bergen), Marjolaine Matabos (IFREMER), David A Butterfield (U Washington)
Abstracts due August 1, 2018.
NSTC: Public Comment Period Now Open for Science and Technology for America’s Oceans: A Decadal Vision
Public comment period for the document is open now until August 27, 2018.
C-DEBI: Protocols.io Group Page
C-DEBI: Subseafloor Cultures Database
U South Florida: Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Chemical and Geological Oceanography
The positions are open until filled, however, priority review of applications will begin by August 1, 2018.
U Hawaii: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular biogeochemistry of dissolved organic phosphorus production, composition, and bioavailability
UTK: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Center for Environmental Biotechnology
U Lyon: Postdoctoral research associate in environmental microbiology – biogeochemistry
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Ph.D. and Postdoc position available
Two Faculty Positions at Shanghai Ocean University
BIOS: Postdoctoral Scholarship in Oceanography
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