Studying these organisms will reveal important, novel, and basic insights into the unique metabolic features of microbes in the deep biosphere.
Background: Core samples from IODP Leg 206 (photo credit IODP-USIO).
Above: HOV Alvin samples a hydrothermal vent (credit WHOI).
Community Activities and Opportunities
Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology
A modular method for the extraction of DNA and RNA, and the separation of DNA pools from diverse environmental sample types
Lever et al. C-DEBI Contribution 263
Proceedings of the IODP Vol. 327
Data report: dissolved and particulate organic carbon in the deep sediments of IODP Site U1363 near Grizzly Bare seamount
Lin et al. C-DEBI Contribution 236
American Journal of Science
Catabolic rates, population sizes and doubling/replacement times of microorganisms in natural settings
LaRowe and Amend. C-DEBI Contribution 234
International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Bacillus rigiliprofundi sp. nov., an endospore forming, Mn-oxidizing, moderately halophilic bacterium isolated from deep subseafloor basaltic crust
Sylvan et al. C-DEBI Contribution 257
Life in Extreme Environments 2: Microbial Evolution under Extreme Conditions, ed. Bakermans, De Gruyter
Chapter 7: Current perspectives on microbial strategies for survival under extreme nutrient starvation: evolution and ecophysiology
Glass et al. C-DEBI Contribution 243
Nature Geoscience: News and Views
Biological oceanography: Life in the deepest depths
Presence of oxygen and aerobic communities from sea floor to basement in deep-sea sediments
D'Hondt et al. C-DEBI Contribution 254
IODP: Apply to sail on Expedition 364 Chicxulub Impact Crater
The deadline to apply is May 08, 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.
DCO: Call for Proposals Census of Deep Life Sequencing Opportunities
Application deadline: June 01, 2015.
NSF: Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I Solicitation (STTR)
Full proposal deadline: June 18, 2015.
NSF: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
Full proposal deadlines: July 21-23, 2015.
Simons Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: 2016 Faculty Scholars Competition
Application deadline: July 28, 2015.
National Academies Research Associateships for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Researchers
There are four annual review cycles and the next closes August 01, 2015.
NSF: Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program Solicitation
Proposals accepted anytime.
C-DEBI Education Grant: An interactive interface for deep biosphere models to promote dialogue between scientists and the public
David Fike and Jen Houghton at Washington University have created an educational simulation for middle- and high school students to investigate chemical mixing and microbial response in subsurface marine environments. Each step in the 2D solute transport model simulation is accompanied by embedded in-depth information, visual displays of 2D change in parameters in real-time, and the ability to interrogate results in 2D. Find teaching strategies and more ways to interact with this project.
The Gates Millenium Scholarship Program
Congratulations to the Class of 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars, including the three winners from Animo Leadership Charter High School (Los Angeles): Esteban Espinoza, Anacarina Gomez, and Jesus Madrid! Out of 52,000 applicants (the top students in the country) for the Gates Millennium Scholarship only 1000 were chosen to receive a $250,000 educational grant. These students have been integrated with C-DEBI as Rising Deep Scholars interns (Esteban and Anacarina) and leaders of the Animo Marine Biology Club through their tirelessly supportive teacher Mark Friedman. Find out more about the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education.
Gordon Research Seminar on Applied and Environmental Microbiology: Solving Important Microbiological Questions in the "Omics" Era; July 11-12, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Deadline for oral abstracts is closed; meeting application due June 13, 2015.
C-DEBI: Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager
The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is seeking a Program Manager to join its team. C-DEBI is a multi-institutional research and education center funded by the National Science Foundation with USC as its headquarters. In addition to the science of exploring microbial life beneath the seafloor, education and diversity are priorities to the Center's efforts to strengthen the STEM pipeline by integrating research and educational programs for diverse future generations. The full-time Program Manager will serve as Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager, helping to create, coordinate, and lead our education, outreach, and diversity efforts to serve our students, postdocs, faculty, and other participants at USC and across the nation. The Program Manager will also direct day-to-day project operations and administrative activities of C-DEBI at USC. The ideal candidate for the position of C-DEBI Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager has:
- 5 years of experience developing and managing educational STEM programs with multiple institutions
- Leadership and strong oral and written communication skills
- Experience using social media for professional outreach
- Research experience at Ph.D. level
Bigelow: Postdoctoral Research Scientist – Geomicrobiology/Microbial Ecology
Applications should be received by May 22, 2015.
MBARI: Principle Investigator
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) seeks a Principal Investigator (PI) to develop and direct a marine carbon cycle research team.
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences: Chemical/Physical/Biological Oceanographer
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.
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, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.