C-DEBI Newsletter – June 3, 2019
This newsletter is also accessible via our website.

Message from the Director:

Science Magazine's May 23 Working Life features the brave personal account of Stephanie Schroeder, C-DEBI's Education Director, on being open with her diagnosis and how it's changed her own identity with and advocacy for inclusion. Illustration by Robert Neubecker (

Dear C-DEBI,

Stephanie Schroeder, our Education Director, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis several years ago. In a recent article in Science Magazine's Working Life, she opened up about the diagnosis, her subsequent struggles, and the decision to leave high-stress Los Angeles for Minneapolis. She provides a brave and honest account of how going public with her MS has made her a better advocate for members of marginalized groups. Stephanie has been part of C-DEBI since 2012, developing our signature education, outreach and diversity programs, including the Community College Cultivation Cohort (C4) REU, the Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) course, various teacher training seminars, professional development workshops and more. We are thrilled that Stephanie continues to work passionately for our program participants as she balances her personal health with her professional goals.


Jan Amend
C-DEBI Director



DCO: A New Way to Keep Tabs on Methane-Eating Microbes - NEW!
Anaerobic methanotrophs are a group of microbes that consume methane and live a low-energy lifestyle in oxygen-free environments. A new study shows that measuring the ratio of rare isotopes of methane from marine sediments is a useful tool for tracking their activities, which previously have been hard to distinguish from those of microbes that make methane. Featuring our most recent Network Speaker Series speaker, Jeanine Ash  watch the seminar, “Making and breaking Molecules,” now on YouTube.


Education & Outreach

ECORD Summer School 2019 on Sub­duc­tion Zone Pro­cesses, Bremen,Germany
Application deadline: June 19, 2019.

C-DEBI: Next Professional Development Webinar: June 26, 12pm PDT - NEW!
Janice McDonnell (Science Agent, Department of Youth Development, Rutgers University) leads the next C-DEBI Professional Development Webinar on “How to Use the Broader Impact Wizard: A Tool to Help Advance the Impact of Research in Society.” Missed the last Professional Development Webinar on “Broadening your thinking and your impact: Tips on how to develop effective outreach programs” with Pete Girguis (Harvard)? 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.


Meetings & Activities


Proposal Calls

GENEWIZ Week 2019 Grant Program - NEW!
Apply for one of four grants totaling $20,000. Winners will receive credit toward any GENEWIZ service, including Next Generation Sequencing, Synthetic DNA Solutions, and Sanger Sequencing. Simply submit a 250-word abstract describing your project. Winners will be announced at the end of GENEWIZ Week (June 14, 2019). Submit your application by June 7, 2019 for consideration.

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

NSF: Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows and CAREER Awardees
Requests must be received at NSF at least 3 months prior to the proposed visit, but no later than June 21, 2019, for consideration using Fiscal Year 2019 funds.

IODP: Apply to Sail on IODP Expeditions 390/393
The deadline to apply is August 1, 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: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Full Proposal Deadline: August 28, 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:



DRI: Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbial Ecology: Genomes to Phenomes - NEW!
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas, NV invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Microbial Ecology. This innovative research aims to tie genomic data to microbial function by examining rates of environmental processes at the level of the individual cell. Our NSF-funded project combines microbiology, environmental biogeochemistry, and bioinformatics, with an emphasis on the continental and marine deep biosphere and biodegradation of contaminants of emerging concern. The successful applicant will join a dynamic project team with collaborators at the Single-Cell Genomics Center (Bigelow Lab, ME) and the University of New Hampshire. This multidisciplinary position is based in DRI’s Environmental Microbiology and Astrobiology Labs, which focus on life in extreme environments, water quality, and molecular archaeology, in collaboration with the University of Nevada Las Vegas, NASA Ames, the University of New Mexico, NASA GeneLab, and the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Our group is well-positioned within the Microbial Ecology, Deep Life, and Astrobiology Communities, providing excellent opportunities for early career recognition, networking, and publishing. To ensure full consideration, application packages should be received by June 8, 2019.

MBL: Computational Postdoctoral Scientist
Review of applications will begin July 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Tokyo Institute of Technology: Principal Investigator (Professor or Associate Professor), Earth-Life Science Institute - NEW!
Study of the early Earth, study of the origin of life. Areas of particular interest are atmospheric chemistry, organic/inorganic/analytical chemistry, combinatorial/computational chemistry and chemical informatics, polymer or catalysis chemistry and biochemistry; synthetic biology, bioinformatics/genome biology, microbial ecology, bioenergetics, and virology; theoretical or modeling work related to emergence of complexity, evolution or innovation. This is not an exclusive list; suitable candidates in disciplines allied to OOL research within these broad themes are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: August 30, 2019.

UH Manoa: Assistant Researcher (Theoretical Ecologist) - NEW!
The Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, invites applications for a full-time, 11-month, tenure-track faculty position in Theoretical Ecology or Evolution at the rank of Assistant Researcher (Professor). We invite applicants with a vision for integrative and collaborative research and strong mathematical, statistical and computational modelling skills. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic collaborator with the ability to enhance a broad range of field- and lab-based projects at HIMB. The candidate will work across taxa, spatial & temporal scales, and coupled natural-human systems using existing or novel quantitative approaches. The ideal candidate will have a field component of their own research program and/or a vision for expanding their program by collaborating with HIMB faculty on field-based research.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, population and community dynamics, ecosystem processes, behavior, physiology, population genetics, fisheries, and biogeography.

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

Exploring life beneath the seafloor and making transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins.

C-DEBI is now on Twitter! Follow and tweet to us @deepbiosphere or tag #CDEBI.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp