C-DEBI Newsletter – June 15, 2017
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Message from the Director:

Congratulations to Dr. Andy Fisher, C-DEBI Co-Investigator, recognized by the University of California Santa Cruz with the 2016-17 Excellence in Teaching Award (one of seven university-wide).

And good luck to our newest deep biosphere researchers getting started in C-DEBI’s summer Education & Diversity programs! These include our Community College Cultivation Cohort (C4) REU at USC, where community college students cultivate and characterize unknown microbes from the deep; the Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagment (CC-RISE ) for community college students at WHOI and UCSC; the Geobiology and Genomics Undergraduate Research Experience (GGURE) internship at USC; the undergraduate, field-based Global Environmental Microbiology Course at USC and Wrigley Institute; the Summer Marine Lab Experience for high school students from across the country at Wrigley; and the Seafloor Science ROV day camp for elementary and Jr. High students at several locations in the Monterey Bay area.


Jan Amend
C-DEBI Director



Frontiers Research Topic on Environmental Bioenergetics: Call for Manuscripts
Topic Editors: Anke Marianne Herrman, Doug LaRowe, Alain F. Plante. Energy is continuously transformed in the environment through the metabolic activities of organisms. These transformations of energy, i.e. bioenergetics, underpin most biogeochemical cycles on Earth and allow the delivery of a wide range of life-supporting ecosystem services. The aim of this Research Topic is to gather contributions from scientists working in diverse disciplines who have a common interest in evaluating bioenergetics at various spatial and temporal scales in a variety of different environments. The spatial scales range from the process and organismal level up to ecosystems, the temporal scales range from the near-instantaneous to the millennial, and the scientific disciplines involved include: soil scientists, biogeochemists, organic geochemists, microbial and ecosystem ecologists etc. Articles can be original research, techniques, reviews or synthesis papers. We encourage manuscripts focusing on interdisciplinary interactions addressing both basic and applied research as well as associated theoretical work. The overarching goal of this Research Topic is to demonstrate the environmental breadth of bioenergetics, and foster understanding between different scientific communities who may not always be aware of one another’s work. Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2017.


Meetings & Activities

IODP-USSSP: JOIDES Resolution Assessment Workshop, September 26-27, Denver deadline extended!
In preparation for the 2018 NSF presentation to the National Science Board seeking renewal of the JOIDES Resolution facility (JR), the U.S. IODP scientific community will convene a workshop to review and assess the role of the JR in meeting the challenges of the 2013-2023 IODP Science Plan, Illuminating Earth’s Past, Present and Future. This assessment will focus on the period beginning with the start of the International Ocean Discovery Program (Expedition 349 in January 2014) and include both an inventory of facility accomplishments and an identification of specific Science Plan challenges that require the continued use of the JR to meet. As part of this effort, a survey was conducted to solicit feedback from the IODP community on individual experiences with and priorities for the facility. The workshop aim is to provide community guidance to the NSF via a white paper as it prepares its request to the National Science Board for continued support of the JR to conduct the current IODP Science Plan. The online community survey results will provide the primary dataset for review by the community representatives at the workshop. Deadline for application has been extended to TOMORROW, June 16.

IODP-USSSP: Drilling into Young Oceanic Crust for Subseafloor Observations at Axial Seamount, October 11-13, Palisades, NY
Axial Seamount is the most magmatically active submarine volcano in the northeast Pacific and has been the focus of inter-disciplinary study for over three decades. The range of scientific interests includes volcanology, geophysical characterization and monitoring, hydrothermal vent formation and geochemistry, quantification of heat and chemical fluxes, hydrogeology, and the diversity and evolution of microbiological and animal communities. Axial Seamount erupted in January 1998, April 2011, and April 2015, thus the site presents a unique opportunity to study the interaction between volcanic, hydrothermal, and biological responses to magmatic and volcanic events. For these reasons, Axial Seamount was chosen as one of the key sites on the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s (OOI) cabled observatory network, the Cabled Array (CA). Now that the CA is fully operational with data streaming live to shore for two years from a diverse suite of cabled instruments, we want to explore how ocean drilling and related studies can complement seafloor-based investigations by gaining access to the subseafloor to expand our understanding of microbiological, geophysical, hydrologic, and geochemical processes at Axial Seamount. The overall goal will be to develop a full IODP proposal for drilling and related experiments at Axial Seamount. The workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers across a broad spectrum of ocean sciences and engineering to discuss recent engineering advances and practical issues related to drilling into zero-age oceanic crust, and to identify high priority science objectives and research opportunities that can only be achieved with ocean drilling at Axial Seamount. Contact Julie Huber ( with any questions and to apply for the workshop. Deadline to apply: June 30, 2017.

Indian Ocean community workshop, September 11-13, 2017, La Jolla, CA
Abstract submission deadline: July 14, 2017

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

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

Proposal Calls

IODP: Apply to Sail: Expedition 377 Arctic Ocean Paleoceanography
The deadline to apply is June 23, 2017.

WGBH: Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication
Applications due June 30, 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.

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.



Microbiology Oceanography/Ecology – Postdoctoral Associate to develop tools for exploration of carbon flow through the planktonic viral stunt NEW!
The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate position in microbial oceanography under Prof. Gordon T. Taylor’s supervision. This position is associated with SoMAS’s Nano Raman Molecular Imaging Laboratory (NARMIL), whose mission is to provide novel microspectrometric solutions to problems in marine microbiology, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and allied fields in the natural sciences and engineering. Incumbent will be expected to utilize sable isotype probing, Confocal Raman Microspectrometry and Atomic Force Microscopy to develop cutting edge single-cell techniques to examine flow of major elements, particularly carbon, through planktonic microalgal and bacterial hosts to their viral pathogens and to dissolved pools. This transdisciplinary project includes collaboration with Dr. Joaquin Martinez Martinez (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences). Incumbent will also assist in the supervision and management of the lab. This will be an initial 18-month position funded by a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance and funding. Further information about this position and SoMAS, visit Application due July 2, 2017, but will be accepted until filled.

Bigelow: Postdoctoral Scientist in Horizontal Gene Transfer in Marine Bacterioplankton

University of Pennsylvania: Postdoctoral Scholar Position

NSF: Marine Geology & Geophysics Science Assistant Position

Second Genome: Bioinformatic Scientist, Research Solutions

University of Southern Mississippi: PhD and MS Graduate Research Assistantship in Marine Microbial Ecology

University of Southern Mississippi: Postdoctoral Research Position in Marine Microbial Ecology

Don’t forget to email me with any items you'd like to share in future newsletters! We will also broadcast this information on our social media outlets, Twitter and Facebook. You are what makes our deep biosphere community!

Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Pkwy, AHF 209, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371
Phone: 708-691-9563, Fax: 213-740-2437

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