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 Call for Workshop Participation
Deep Carbon Observatory Deep Life Workshop to Develop an ICDP Drilling Project

The Deep Carbon Observatory Deep Life Community announces a workshop to be held November 3-4, 2014 at the GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam, Germany for the purpose of selecting and developing a deep-life-inspired drilling site/project for submission as a proposal to the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP). Participation is solicited from scientists wishing to propose a deep-life driven deep drilling site and research project for ICDP funding. [Read More]


Pele's pit trap from FEMO 2007
Research Activities

JOIDES Resolution photo by W. Crawford, IODP/TAMU
Education & Outreach

CORK photo by K. Becker, RSMAS/UM
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C-DEBI Newsletter
August 15, 2014 Issue

Frontiers in Microbiology
Teske et al. C-DEBI Contribution 223
Biosphere frontiers of subsurface life in the sedimented hydrothermal system of Guaymas Basin

Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Meyers et al. C-DEBI Contribution 206
Extracellular enzyme activity and microbial diversity measured on seafloor exposed basalts from Loihi Seamount indicate importance of basalts to global biogeochemical cycling

Frontiers in Microbiology
Barco and Edwards. C-DEBI Contribution 212
Interactions of proteins with biogenic iron oxyhydroxides and a new culturing technique to increase biomass yields of neutrophilic, iron-oxidizing bacteria

Marlow et al. C-DEBI Contribution 174
The potential for biologically catalyzed anaerobic methane oxidation on ancient Mars

Scientific Drilling
Orcutt et al. C-DEBI Contribution 200
IODP Deep Biosphere Research Workshop report – a synthesis of recent investigations, and discussion of new research questions and drilling targets

Torres et al. C-DEBI Contribution 197
Sulphide oxidation and carbonate dissolution as a source of CO2 over geological timescales

Life in Extreme Environments
Kallmeyer and Wagner, eds. C-DEBI Contributions 169, 196 and 199
Microbial Life of the Deep Biosphere

Limnology and Oceanography
Kirchman et al. C-DEBI Contribution 195
Metagenomic analysis of organic matter degradation in methane-rich Arctic Ocean sediments

ISME Journal
Kaster et al. C-DEBI Contribution 203
Single cell genomic study of Dehalococcoidetes species from deep-sea sediments of the Peruvian Margin

Upcoming Expeditions

August 8-24, 2014
Juan de Fuca Ridge

October, 2014
North Atlantic Sediment Coring

November 29 - December 12, 2014
Dorado Outcrop

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General Calendar

August 17 - 22, 2014
Gordon Research Conference: Biomineralization - Where Geology Meets Biology: The Inorganic-Organic Interface

Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire, USA

August 21-23, 2014
ECORD Magellan Plus Workshop Series: Sub-surface Biosphere & Paleoclimate

Seoul, South Korea

August 24-29, 2014
International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Symposium

Seoul, South Korea

September 22 - October 2, 2014
ECORD Summer School: Subseafloor Biosphere - Current Advances and Future Challenges

MARUM, Bremen, Germany




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