Please consider submitting your abstract to Goldschmidt Session 15b: Hydrothermal Biogeochemistry and Geobiology Convenors: Christopher German, Wolfgang Bach, Costantino Vetriani, Donato Giovannelli. Keynote: Ken Takai (JAMSTEC). Abstract: Hydrothermal systems are increasingly recognized to involve biological, particularly microbial, aspects to their geochemical cycles – whether in the case of subseafloor water-rock interactions or in terms of the fate of their export products released into the overlying water column. Both the depth of hydrothermal systems and their geologic setting can play an important role in the nature of the systems that arise and their impact on the oceans – up to and including the photic zone. In the limit, such systems can also provide new insights to the origins of life on Earth and the potential for life-hosting habitats on other Ocean Worlds. This session will seek to bring together researchers interested in sharing their newest findings from a wide range of seafloor hydrothermal settings, from understudied shallow hydrothermal vents and other previously under-represented settings – ranging from the ultra-slow spreading Arctic ridges to subduction-related venting in the SW Pacific and from intra-plate volcanic hotspots to tectonically controlled fracturing of the ocean crust. We welcome contributions on the biogeochemistry and geobiology of hydrothermal systems throughout Earth’s oceans, as well as comparative studies ranging from continental geothermal studies to putative submarine venting beyond Earth. Abstract deadline: April 1, 2017.
To explore the interaction among rocks, life and climate, we will to hold the 4th International Conference of Geobiology in 2017 at Wuhan, central China. Interaction and co-evolution between organisms and environments at critical periods of geological history and in modern days will be the subject of this meeting. Tentatively, symposia including one session on the deep biosphere are suggested, and more session proposals are encouraged. The deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2017.
Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. Deep biosphere-related themes include: Geobiology of the Modern, Geo-omics Meets Organic Geochemistry, Innovation in Geochemical Methods and Models and Data in Geochemistry. Abstract submissions are due April 1, 2017.
The 1st International Workshop on Methane Hydrate R&D was held in March 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The primary objective of that and subsequent workshops was to provide a forum where hydrate researchers and stakeholders could freely exchange information and identify research priorities in an effort to promote collaboration. Subsequent workshops have been held, on average, every 1.5 years in different countries including the U.S., Chile, Canada, the U.K., Norway, New Zealand, Japan, and India. This effort has resulted in a broad range of field and laboratory research pertaining to gas hydrate distributions, stability and formation, and contribution to climate change and coastal ocean carbon cycling. Based on previous workshop foci and developments in this field over the last 16 years, the 11th workshop will focus on: 1) Gas Hydrate Energy: exploration, production, and economics; 2) Methane and Climate Change: Arctic, Antarctic and regions in between; 3) Natural and Anthropogenic Warming Contributions to Coastal and Industrial Platform Stability; and 4) Carbon dioxide injection for methane acquisition and sequestration. We hope that previous participants in this workshop series, as well as other interested parties, will be able to join us in Corpus Christi this winter December 6th through 8th, 2017. The Workshop website is under construction and is expected to be operational May 2017. The 2nd Announcement will be distributed electronically once the website is up, and will include information on registration, logistics, and a call for abstracts. Questions? Please email Workshop Liaison Mrs. Alessandra Garcia at Alessandra.Garcia@tamucc.edu.
To the IODP and ICDP Communities: Following discussions with the AGU Fall Meeting Program Chair, Denis-Didier Rousseau, a three-year plan (2017-2019) for IODP-ICDP sessions at the AGU has been defined, culminating with the celebration of the AGU Centennial in 2019. We have highlighted three overarching, societally relevant themes that are well aligned with both IODP and ICDP science plan themes. These themes (and examples of topics; identified priorities are underlined) are the following: 1) Georesources, Storage, and Sustainability:
Unconventional Energy (Supercritical and magma geothermics, EGS, methane and gas hydrates, hydrogen resources and storage), Deep Carbon fluxes and storage and Water resources (Groundwater vs. Seawater). 2) Climate, Environment and Ecosystem: Life in extreme environments: the hidden biosphere, Links between geological and biological systems at depth, Analogs and models of recent climate changes in geological archives, Impact of climate and ocean changes on ecosystems, Impact of Earth processes on Earth’s environment. 3) Geological Hazards: Monitoring and mitigating man-made geohazards? (e.g., induced seismicity, landslides), Hazards in the geological record: from improving risk assessment and prediction of catastrophic events towards mitigation, Underlying mechanisms of geological hazards: faulting, earthquakes, volcanoes, impacts. We seek potential conveners (who must be AGU members) to submit AGU session proposals on these three overarching themes. Please keep us informed so that actions and proposal submissions can be coordinated. The provisional dates of the call for session proposal are February 15th – April 19th, 2017.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, August 27 – September 1, 2017. Please join us in Woods Hole on beautiful Cape Cod as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents at the Galapagos Spreading Center in 1977. This has forever changed our perception of life on Earth and has sparked a new line of research to investigate the role of chemosynthesis in various ecosystems, from cold seeps and organic falls to the extensive oxygen deficient zones of the oceanic water column. The discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents 40 years ago has thrust the process of chemosynthesis into the limelight. However, it is only more recently that chemosynthesis has been identified to be an important driver for many environmentally relevant processes on a global scale. CBE6 represents the 6th iteration of a successful symposium series that started back in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal in 1997 and has since been held in Brest, France (2001), San Diego, USA (2005), Okinawa, Japan (2009), and most recently in Victoria, BC, Canada (2013), ever broadening in scope from an initial focus on the biology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. We look forward to hosting an exciting meeting that will highlight the newest discoveries and developments in studying chemosynthesis-based ecosystems and their societal relevance, while at the same time also evoking the early days of deep-sea vent discovery – in a way connecting the past with the present, with a glimpse into the future! The program will be as diverse as the ecosystems being studied, and will include topics such as biogeography, biogeochemistry, chemosynthetic habitats and society, community structure and dynamics, evolution and evolutionary history, metapopulation and metacommunity (including connectivity and resilience), microbiology, physiology and adaptation, symbiosis, and trophic interactions, including chemosynthetic energy transfer. We look forward to seeing you in Woods Hole! Abstract submission deadline March 17, 2017.
We invite applications to the International Workshop on “Marine Geomicrobiology – a Matter of Energy” which will take place at the beautiful Sandbjerg Manor in southern Denmark during August 28 to September 1, 2017. An outstanding program of 35 international speakers will explore how microorganisms harvest energy from sunlight, from chemical reactions and even from electric currents to drive key processes of element cycling in the ocean and seabed. We will focus on recent discoveries and on open questions that provoke curiosity and require new research. The workshop marks the ten years of the Center for Geomicrobiology, Aarhus University, and the retirement of Bo Barker Jørgensen. We invite researchers and students to participate in the workshop and to present a poster on their research. Application takes place through the workshop webpage where the program and other relevant information are provided (see link below). Deadline for applications is April 1, 2017.
Following three very successful International Geobiology Conferences held in Wuhan (2010, 2012, 2014) and the recent Geobiology Gordon Research Conference in Galveston (2016), the newly created Geobiology Society will host a 3-day meeting in June 2017 at the Banff Conference Center. With 400 anticipated attendees from across the globe, this meeting will be an ideal venue for us to discuss the latest developments in Geobiology and build international collaborations in a relaxed but stimulating environment. “Geobiology 2017” will take a page out of the 1-day regional Geobiology meetings held across the United States and Western Canada, emphasizing the work of early career scientists – graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors. The three days are designed to cover various topics pertaining to how microbial processes affect the modern environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Days 1 and 2 will explore the modern tools of organic and inorganic geochemistry, molecular biology and microbial ecology, sedimentary geology and paleontology. Day 3 will focus on the interpretation of the rock record, and how the modern can be used to infer the past. To investigate these topics, the mornings will be devoted to oral sessions while the afternoons will be devoted to extended poster sessions. Each evening will also offer either a talk by an awardee or a point-counterpoint discussion on a topic of timely importance. Abstract deadline: March 15, 2017.
To understand the dynamics of onshore-offshore shore hydrologic systems, this IODP- and ICDP-sponsored workshop will focus on the coupling between glacial dynamics, sea-level variations, and groundwater flow for Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA and the U.S. Atlantic continental shelf offshore Martha’s Vineyard. The overall goals of the workshop (May 22-23, 2017; Woods Hole, Massachusetts), are to develop a new operational plan for IODP Proposal 637 and establish an amphibious component of the project to accomplish its science objectives. These goals will be accomplished by (1) developing ideal sampling and measurement plans for geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and microbiology across the shoreline and the shelf; (2) prioritizing onshore and offshore scientific operations including site order and target depths; and (3) formulating specific plans for pursuing external funds for the drilling project. Travel support is available for a limited number of participants through USSSP (for U.S.) and ICDP (for international). For more information, visit the workshop website. The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants and the deadline to apply is February 17, 2017.
Abstracts are due shortly (Wednesday, January 18) for the upcoming Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2017 meeting in Mesa, Arizona (April 24-28, 2017). Among others, deep biosphere-related topics include “Seeking Evidence of Habitable Conditions and Life Activity in Serpentinizing Systems” (organizers: Beth Orcutt and Alexis Templeton) and “Earth’s Deep Biosphere and the Astrobiosphere: New Connections Made Through Advanced Instrumentation and Field Approaches” (organizers: D’Arcy Meyer-Dombard and Dawn Cardace). The topic organizers encourage you to consider submitting an abstract about your research!
It is our pleasure to host the SoCal Geobiology Symposium 2017 at the University of Southern California! We would like to welcome scientists in the area who do research broadly related to geobiology, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, and more. This year, the symposium will take place on April 8, 2017 at the beautiful Mudd Hall on USC campus. We invite attendees of all career levels, and encourage undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to submit abstracts for posters and 15 minute talks. Registration and abstract submission is free. You may confirm your attendance and submit your abstracts by clicking on this link and completing the google form. We look forward to hearing from you, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns by emailing us at email@example.com. Feel free to forward this message to other researchers who would be interested in attending as well. Abstract submission is due March 3, 2017.
Motivated by the suite of habitable environments available to Mars-2020 for in situ exploration and sample collection, we are convening a set of 4 web-hosted telecons, open to the community. The first two telecons are:
Telecon 1: Martian Environment: Evidence for Rock-Hosted Waters
What is the evidence for ancient Mars environmental conditions? What is the likelihood of habitats for rock-hosted life?
December 19, 8:30AM PST // facilitated by Bethany Ehlmann, Paul Niles
Telecon 2: Metabolisms and Niches for Terrestrial Rock-Hosted Life
Where rock-hosted life found on earth today? What are its metabolisms and products?
December 20, 8:30AM PST // facilitated by Tullis Onstott, Jeff Marlow
The URL for the meeting is:
Select “Enter as a Guest”, type in your name and click the “Enter Room” button. The telecon line is 844-467-6272, passcode 250961
For further schedule and information about the working group, see:
C-DEBI seeks nominations for three speakers for the 2016-2017 program. C-DEBI is continuing the NetworkedSpeaker Series (begun in Fall 2011) as a means to enhance communication and the exchange of ideas among our spatially distributed community. Potential speakers can be nominated by colleagues, mentors, or those mentored by C-DEBI participants; they can also self nominate. Selected C-DEBI Networked Speakers will make a presentation online, using video conferencing tools, with assistance from the C-DEBI main office at USC. Nominated C-DEBI Networked Speakers should be capable of combining compelling visual materials with the ability to communicate effectively to a broad audience. We are particularly enthusiastic about giving young researchers a chance to present work to the C-DEBI community. Being selected to be a C-DEBI Networked Speaker is an honor. For more information about the Speaker Series and nomination request, please see: http://www.
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 on September 26-28, 2017 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 cover the period beginning with the start of the International Ocean Discovery Program (Expedition 349 in 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. Your input is critical to this effort. If you have sailed on the JR, plan to in the future, or use data acquired on JR expeditions, we ask that you take the time to complete the survey to let us know your experiences, opinions and priorities for the facility. Your candid responses will provide the foundation upon which we can prepare for the 2017 workshop and build a successful case for renewal of the JR facility. Although the final decision on renewal will be made by the U.S. National Science Foundation, we seek input from all users of the JR and its data, both within and outside of the U.S. We anticipate that completing this survey will take 15-30 minutes, depending on the level of detail you wish to provide. To complete the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/
For those of you faculty who are attending AGU this year please consider registering to judge student presentations for the Outstanding Student Presentation Award. Your generous time commitment and constructive feedback makes a very big impact on the confidence of our students and is vital for their growth and development as scientists as they hoʻoulu (transform/grow) into our future colleagues. Plus, judging is FUN! Signing up for judging is a cinch! 1.) Go to http://ospa.agu.org/ospa/judges and log in with your AGU account, read the honor code, and click “register to judge.” 2.) Then, check out the list of student OSPA presentations by session: http://ospa.agu.org/ospa/find-presentations/. 3.) When you see OSPA presentations that fit your schedule and interests, you can add the presentation to your OSPA list by clicking the checkbox to the right of the presentation title, and then clicking “Add to Schedule.” Brandi Reese, Sebastian Sudek, Julie Robidart and myself (Kiana Frank) are convening a C-DEBI related session (B13G: Understanding Microbial Life in the Subsurface through Interdisciplinary Approaches I, B22D: Understanding Microbial Life in the Subsurface through Interdisciplinary Approaches II) and we would love for you to consider judging student presentations in these sessions if they fit your interest, expertise and schedule. If not… see below for a list of other deep biosphere related sessions that are also likely in need of judges. Please contact me with any questions.
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.
The International Society of Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) is pleased to invite delegates to attend ISSM 2017. This conference is the tenth in a series of international conferences devoted to providing a better understanding of the ecology, microbial community composition and function, and biogeochemistry of the earth’s subsurface environments. The Conference is being held in Rotorua, New Zealand, from 6-10 November 2017. Rotorua is a stunning location with a wide range of environments – physical, cultural and social, to discover and explore. The conference promises to be an unforgettable event that will bring together a wide range of international delegates from all around the globe. The conference will span 5 days, including a day of excursions, and over this period conference delegates will hear from leading experts in subsurface microbiology and discuss cutting edge developments in this area. Abstract submissions due April 24, 2017.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography invites scientists from the US oceanographic community to participate in Science Verification Cruises (SVCs) aboard the Ocean Class research vessel Sally Ride beginning in the fall of 2016. The goal of SVCs is to exercise the ship, the crew, and all scientific systems to verify satisfactory operations, and to characterize the capabilities of each system. Our SVC operations are intended to be complementary to SVCs aboard Neil Armstrong, in order to evaluate the Ocean Class vessels (AGOR 27 & 28) collectively. To be successful, this process needs participation by experienced researchers who can use their knowledge of shipboard scientific operations to evaluate, comment on, and improve the capabilities of Sally Ride. Science verification cruises will be conducted offshore southern California, lasting five to seven days each. We currently have availability in October 2016 and early January 2017. We anticipate additional opportunities in 2017, contingent on ship scheduling. We are seeking broad expressions of interest and scientific foci to inform our early planning. Funds are available to support the travel and logistical expenses of participants. Ship time will be supported by the Office of Naval Research.
- B11F: Microbial Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology: From DNA to Rock I Posters
- B13D: Integrating Biogeochemical and Microbiological Approaches to Understand Ecosystem Processes and Responses to Environmental Change IV Posters
- B13G: Understanding Microbial Life in the Subsurface through Interdisciplinary Approaches I
- B13J: Integrating Biogeochemical and Microbiological Approaches to Understand Ecosystem Processes and Responses to Environmental Change III
- B21E: Fifteen Years of Geobiology: The Significant Highlights and the Future I Posters
- B22D: Understanding Microbial Life in the Subsurface through Interdisciplinary Approaches II
- B23H: Investigating Biological Processes: Insights from New Stable Isotope Methods II
- B24B: Fifteen Years of Geobiology: The Significant Highlights and the Future II
- B31A: 4 Billion Years of Serpentinization on Earth and Beyond I Posters
- B33A: Alternative Earths: The Co-evolution of Life and its Environments from the GOE to the Rise of Complex Life I Posters
- B33I: 4 Billion Years of Serpentinization on Earth and Beyond II
- B43D: (Bio-isotopic) Message in a (Rock Record) Bottle Revisited: Who Wrote It, How Did It Get Here, and What Does It Tell Us? II
- B44B: Biogeochemical Cycling in the Cryosphere III
- B51K: Geomicrobiology of Extreme Environments: Scarcity is the Mother of Invention I
- B53C: Geomicrobiology of Extreme Environments: Scarcity is the Mother of Invention II Posters
- C33C: Solid Earth-Cryosphere Interactions II Posters
- ED24A: Amazing Technologies and Capabilities that Contribute to STEM III
- ED21E: Educator/Student Programs Promoting Authentic Scientific Research I
- ED31E: New Approaches to Professional and Career Development for Students and Postdocs in the Geosciences I Posters
- ED51F: NSF-Supported Undergraduate Learning Opportunities about the Earth, Oceans, and Atmospheric Sciences Posters
- IN44A: BIG Value of Small Data: Realizing the Huge Potential of the Diverse “Long Tail” Communities to Contribute to the Advancement of Science II
- OS23F: New Advances in Understanding Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes from Ocean Drilling and Ophiolites I
- OS24B: New Advances in Understanding Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes from Ocean Drilling and Ophiolites II
- OS31D: New Advances in Understanding Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes from Ocean Drilling and Ophiolites III Posters
- OS34A: Recent Scientific Discoveries and Innovative Technology and Method Developments that Advance Characterization of the Deep Ocean I
- OS41C: Scientific and Technical Advances in Mapping and Characterizing Seafloor Volcanism and Hydrothermal Processes I Posters
- OS43D: Scientific and Technical Advances in Mapping and Characterizing Seafloor Volcanism and Hydrothermal Processes II
- OS44B: Scientific and Technical Advances in Mapping and Characterizing Seafloor Volcanism and Hydrothermal Processes III
- OS54B: South China Sea: A Natural Laboratory for Investigating Marginal Sea Tectonic, Oceanographic/Paleoceanographic, and Biogeochemical Processes III
- P21C: The Early Mars Environment: Warm and Wet, Cold and Wet, or Cold and Icy? I Posters
- PP11A: Authigenic Processes in Marine Sediment: Influence on Seawater Composition and the Paleoceanographic Record I Posters
- T13B: Characterization of Oceanic Crust: Ridge to Trench Evolution I Posters
- V34A: Advances in Approaches and Instruments for Isotope Studies II
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The European Consortium of Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is now accepting applications from active leading scientists from ECORD and the US to serve as Science Board Members of the ECORD Facility Board, the key forum for planning mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions operated by ECORD. The primary tasks of the EFB are to: (1) recommend MSP expedition schedules, based on ready-to-drill, high-priority science proposals, optimal geographic distribution and costs; (2) assess the Annual ECORD Plan, including operations schedule, data management, publications, core curation, and scientific technical development; (3) advise on long-term planning of MSP expeditions; (4) participate in ECORD reviews of completed MSP expeditions; and (5) liaise with all major entities of IODP. The EFB meets once a year, usually in early spring. The new EFB members are expected to serve for three years, starting 1 January 2017. Travel costs for EFB-related activities are fully covered by the relevant IODP national funding organizations. Application deadline: December 2, 2016.
Call for session suggestions: The Goldschmidt conference is the most important forum for the discussion of recent results in geochemistry and related fields. The theme leaders have now identified 23 themes and the whole geochemistry community is invited to make suggestions for sessions. Now is your chance to make sure that your area of science is represented at the conference. If you have any questions about the science, or if you want advice about your suggestion, please ask the theme leader (whose details are available on the conference website in their theme). The call for sessions is open now until November 1, 2016. Call for workshop proposals: The Goldschmidt2017 conference in Paris will carry on the tradition of running high quality teaching workshops and seminars on the weekend before the conference. Every year, the Goldschmidt conference draws in thousands of delegates from geochemistry and related subjects: the perfect audience for a workshop that teaches the skills, or discusses the topics, of our community. Is there a workshop or Town Hall meeting that you want to lead? If so, please submit your proposal for review before November 1, 2016.
Scientific ocean drilling is central to the study of Earth’s climate history, tectonic evolution, and deep biosphere. A large, dynamic, and diverse community is vital to the health of the program; engaging early career scientists in expedition planning and leadership is critical to the future of IODP. For early career scientists who are new to the community, developing an IODP proposal from conception to drilling is a daunting task that can appear insurmountable. The goals of this workshop are to (1) provide early career scientists with direct experience in the IODP proposal process, (2) build an interdisciplinary community of early career researchers that will be able to develop active research programs in coordination with the evolving landscape of ocean drilling research, and (3) develop drilling proposal ideas to investigate the North Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, where the JOIDES Resolution is expected to be drilling in FY20-21. Participation support is available for a limited number of graduate students and early career researchers (i.e., completed their PhD within the past 10 years) from U.S. institutions and organizations. The application deadline is November 11, 2016.