To help preserve deep biosphere methods for use in future projects, the Center strongly encourages you to describe your lab and software-based methods using protocols.io, and to link them to our group page at https://www.protocols.io/groups/center-for-dark-energy-biosphere-investigations. The protocols.io website provides an easy-to-use platform to share reproducible, step-by-step scientific methods. So far, our group has 10 protocols up and we hope to preserve as many methods as possible from the community, including both successful and failed protocols. Please contact Matt Janicak <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you have any questions about using the site and we hope to see your contributions up soon.
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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.
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Our Associate Director, Dr. Julie Huber begins her new position in Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution this month, so please update your address books to email@example.com! A round of congratulations also to Dr. Jen Biddle awarded tenure in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware and Dr. Laura Lapham awarded tenure at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. And if you are at this week’s ASM Microbe meeting, please congratulate C-DEBI Senior Scientist Dr. Steve Finkel who will receive the William A. Hinton Research Training Award on June 4 for outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology. Steve’s GGURE undergraduate research internship program is one of C-DEBI’s flagship STEM-retention programs.
We are also pleased to share that the International Ocean Discovery Program has just put Guaymas Basin deep drilling led by Dr. Andreas Teske on the agenda for late 2019, so keep your eye out for opportunities to sail on Expedition 385: Guaymas Basic Tectonics and Biosphere!
Speakers: Donna Blackman (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences). For our upcoming C-DEBI Professional Development Webinar, we have teamed up with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS) to bring you a comprehensive webinar on proposal preparation. The webinar will focus on topics related to preparing research proposals by providing advice on writing, constructing planning timelines, managing a team through the process, and preparing a budget. Please register to access the webinar link and receive last-minute email reminders!
Congratulations to Dr. Anne Dekas at Stanford University, named one of the 2017 Simons Foundation Early Career Investigators in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution. Dr. Dekas is a C-DEBI scientist who studies the microbiology and biogeochemistry of the deep sea, and with this award, will quantify microbial activity in the deep sea using NanoSIMS.
And please tune in to our next Networked Speaker Series talk on 5/11 by Dr. Andrew Steen at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville presenting “What Heterotrophs Want: Using extracellular enzyme assays to probe the lifestyle of heterotrophic microorganisms in subsurface sediments.”
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Looking forward to another great Networked Speaker Series talk on 5/11: Dr. Andrew Steen, Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville presents “What Heterotrophs Want: Using extracellular enzyme assays to probe the lifestyle of heterotrophic microorganisms in subsurface sediments.” The intent of these half-hour talks is to connect all of us interested “deeply” or broadly in the deep biosphere. Note, these early career investigators were nominated by members of the community for their exciting research and effective communication!
If you missed this season’s previous talk, Dr. Annie Rowe: Eating rocks! Investigating microbial energy conservation with microbes that utilize solid mineral electron donors, you can watch it now online.
Do you have questions like:
- How do I put together (or understand) a budget?
- How do I improve my work-life balance?
- How can I use social media to help my science career?
If so, then this webinar series is for you!
Presenting the first of C-DEBI’s new professional development webinar series:
Leveraging Social Media
- Are you using social media to network and promote your science?
- Learn why you should and how to do it
- Led by Jen Biddle, Assistant Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment, University of Delaware
- Thursday, April 13, 12:00pm PST, connection link to follow
Our 2017 Networked Speaker Series speakers have been selected! Please mark your calendars for this online seminar series to connect all of us interested “deeply” or broadly in the deep biosphere. Next month’s talk is by Dr. Annie Rowe at the University of Southern California, who will present “Eating rocks! Investigating microbial energy conservation with microbes that utilize solid mineral electron donors” on 3/9/17 at 9:30AM Hawaii Time/12:30PM PST/3:30PM EST.
Congratulations to the proponents of proposals selected for funding in our 2016 December call for research and education grants and fellowships. Stay tuned on our funded projects webpage for their exciting work in Phase 2 of C-DEBI!
- Graduate Fellowship: Lilja Strang (Advisor: Craig Moyer, Western Washington University)
Insights into the genomics of deep subsurface vs. near surface Thermococcus isolates
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: Jeanine Ash (Advisor: Caroline Masiello, Rice University)
Tracing deep biosphere methane cycling with clumped isotopes
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: Jesse Colangelo-Lillis (Advisor: Boswell Wing, University of Colorado Boulder)
MEGA Analogue for Subsurface Sedimentary In-Vivo Evolution (MASSIVE) Plate
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: Abhiney Jain (Advisor: Jeff Gralnick, University of Minnesota)
Taming a Zetaproteobacteria using genetics to understand iron cycling in the deep ocean biosphere: Mariprofundus ferrooxydans PV-1 as a model organism
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: Alma Parada (Advisor: Anne Dekas, Stanford University)
Linking genetic diversity in benthic marine archaea to functional variability and contributions to carbon cycling
- Research Grant: John Dore and Eric Boyd, Montana State University
Microbial anabolism in subseafloor sediments of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre: carbon vs. phosphorus limitation
- Research Grant: Dionysis Foustoukos and Costantino Vetriani, Carnegie Institution of Washington and Rutgers University
Symbiotic Growth of Piezophilic Deep-sea Vent Bacteria
- Research Grant: Jessica Labonte and Peter van Hengstum, Texas A&M University Galveston
Subseafloor prokaryotic and viral communities and interactions in anoxic marine basins: a case study from a 3000-year old stratigraphic succession
- Education Grant: Sharon Cooper, LDEO-Columbia University
Stories from the Deep Biosphere: An Interactive Science Experience
There are plans afoot to create a new federal 10-year ocean research plan (https://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/
We appreciate your commitment to C-DEBI and all its science, education, and outreach efforts. We are stronger together, evidenced again by the great interest in the latest call for research and education grants (13 graduate fellowship, 15 postdoc fellowship, 9 research, 3 education), which are currently being reviewed by C-DEBI Leadership and our E&O Steering Committee.
Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!
Please join me in welcoming Gwen Noda as C-DEBI Diversity Director who in her few weeks at USC, has dived into leading our diversity efforts to serve our students, postdocs, faculty, and other participants at USC and across the nation. Ms. Noda is a Los Angeles native who earned her B.S. in Marine Biology and M.A. in Biology both from UCLA with a research focus on benthic aquatic invertebrates. She brings an extensive background in informal education in the field and classroom to support and grow our education and outreach programs, e.g., as former Co-Director of the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence COSEE-West and coordinator of the FLOW Citizen Science Monitoring Program at Bolsa Chica Wetlands and State Beach for Amigos de Bolsa Chica among others.
We are also excited by a recent Nature Communications paper proposing a new bacterial phyla classification that highlights several C-DEBI persons of interest! “Edwardsbacteria”, “Wallbacteria”, and “Nealsonbacteria” nod to our former Director Katrina Edwards, current External Advisory Board member Judy Wall, and colleague and grant recipient Ken Nealson. For details see the Banfield lab paper Thousands of microbial genomes shed light on interconnected biogeochemical processes in an aquifer system.
We have many things to celebrate! First, congratulations to USC graduate student Gus Ramirez for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis; he now embarks on a C-DEBI Postdoctoral Fellowship with Steve D’Hondt at URI. Congratulations also to C-DEBI Senior Scientist Steve Finkel, who will receive the American Society for Microbiology’s 2017 William A. Hinton Research Training Award for outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology. Steve’s GGURE undergraduate research internship program is one of C-DEBI’s flagship STEM-retention programs.
We are also extraordinarily proud of C-DEBI Senior Scientist Victoria Orphan, recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship*. The 5-year “genius grant” is meant to encourage creative scientists, artists and other thinkers who are pushing the boundaries of their fields. Victoria is certainly doing that for C-DEBI. A true Californian, she spent her childhood in San Diego, received undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Santa Barbara, did a stint at NASA Ames in Mountain View, and since 2004 has been on the faculty at Caltech—“Victoria, do you realize there are 49 other states and, according to the United Nations, 192 other countries?” She is a role model for all of us who do interdisciplinary science; she brilliantly combines field- and lab-based research with method development and state-of-the-art analytical approaches, inspiring junior scientists and the ‘more experienced’ among us along the way.
Greetings! Our annual call for research, fellowship, and education proposals is posted! We continue to support research grants and graduate student and postdoctoral fellowships that will significantly advance C-DEBI’s central research agenda to investigate the subseafloor biosphere deep in marine sediment and oceanic crust, including on “expeditions of opportunity.” C-DEBI education & outreach grants will continue to fund the development of educational opportunities and materials that are pertinent to deep biosphere research in the subseafloor environment in support of our education and outreach goal to create distinctive, targeted education programs and promote increased public awareness about life below the seafloor. C-DEBI welcomes proposals from applicants who would enhance diversity in C-DEBI and STEM fields. Note, we have moved up the deadline for this call to December 1, 2016 to provide ample time for review by the anticipated notification date.
I look forward to continued, strong engagement by the community through our many C-DEBI programs and activities.