A unique feature of the C-DEBI community is our spatial distribution
across the United States and beyond which provides opportunity
for public dissemination of knowledge of the field. We strive
not only to reach those already involved in the field, but
of equal importance, those who are not familiar with the complexities
and importance of the deep subseafloor biosphere.
Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is a national leader in providing science training for journalists. C-DEBI partnered with Metcalf and John Kirkpatrick, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, to develop scientifically-vetted background information about deep subseafloor biosphere research. In addition, an experts list was generated and is available through the Metcalf Institute’s website at http://metcalfinstitute.org/c-debi/
Also, this site provides information for students and educators who are interested in learning the fundamentals of C-DEBI research focused around the current research thrusts.
Sci-Curious, a C-DEBI Blog, targets science students and their instructors from high school through college to uncover the breadth of research subjects and impacts that STEM has on our world.
Every Friday Sci-Curious posts "Sci-Lights" which features STEM research from virtually any field. You can also find STEM related opportunities, scholarships, and links just a click away at http://cdebiscience.blogspot.com/
Distinguished Lecture Series
C-DEBI is a "networked" Science and Technology
Center (STC), gathering expertise, ideas, and participation
from institutions across the U. S. and around the world. The
Networked Speaker Series aims to enhance communication
and the exchange of ideas. Selected C-DEBI Networked Speakers
will make a presentation online, using video conferencing
tools. Presentations are to be about 30 minutes in length,
with time allocated for questions and discussion. Networked
viewers can participate in Q&A via their own web camera
and speaker/microphone or by chat. Presentations will be recorded
for later online playback by participants or those who could
not "attend" the live web event.
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.
Other lecture series featuring deep biosphere research include:
Science At-Sea Outreach
Learn about our deep biosphere research directly from our
seagoing expeditions on the JOIDES Resolution facilitated
by the Deep Earth Academy and other expeditions associated
with C-DEBI research.
Return to North
Pond - IODP Expedition 336
September 16 - November 19, 2011.
Expedition 336 takes the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s
(IODP) flagship, the Joides Resolution, to a site known
as “North Pond”, located in the very middle
of the Atlantic Ocean. This location has been studied
nearly continuously for its geological, geophysical,
and hydrological characteristics since first drilled
in 1975/1976. Now, we start a new chapter for North
Pond, as well as for scientific ocean drilling: microbiological
The crew of ladies on Expedition 336! Photo by B. Crawford
Check out Katrina's Return
to North Pond Blog linked to Scientific American,
Beth Orcutt's latest Adopt-A-Microbe
Project, Amanda Haddad's new Classroom
Connection initiative and the Deep Earth Academy's Education
and Outreach Expedition Hub
at Juan de Fuca Expedition
June 26 - July 14, 2011. This summer,
we explored how water flows in the earth's crust beneath
the seafloor, examine geochemistry, rock alteration
and microbes living in the seafloor - all off the west
coast of the United States. This expedition is a direct
follow-on from IODP Expedition 327 during the summer
of 2010, when subseafloor observatories (CORKs) were
placed in the seafloor on the Juan de Fuca ridge. This
summer's expedition returned to these installations
and used the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) JASON to
download data, retrieve samples, and make any necessary
repairs to on-going experiments.
Tracer tubes, Andy and Jim photo from JR blog
at the South Pacific Gyre Expedition
October 6 - December 7, 2010. In October
2010, an international team of scientists set sail on
the scientific drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution for
an eight- week expedition to the South Pacific. There,
we will penetrate a total of 630 m at seven different
drill sites to define the physical and chemical limits
of subseafloor microbial life in tectonic and oceanographic
settings not yet explored!
South Pacific Gyre drill sites, IODP
> Learn more about the deep biosphere in our general
and scientific publications archive.