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People

Personnel

See the C-DEBI Operations Manual for details on the roles of each member of our leadership

Executive Committee & Science Leadership

Directorship leads Center scientific, education, diversity, outreach, and administrative activities with guidance from ExCom. ExCom coordinates with the Senior Scientists on C-DEBI research directions.

amend2cr Jan Amend
Professor of Microbial Geochemistry
University of Southern California
Director,
Principal Investigator, Executive Committee
huber2cr Julie Huber
Associate Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Associate Director,
Co-Investigator,
Executive Committee
%image_alt% Steven D’Hondt
Professor of Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
Co-Investigator,
Executive Committee
South Pacific Gyre Group Lead
%image_alt% Andrew Fisher
Professor of Hydrogeology
University of California, Santa Cruz
Co-Investigator,
Executive Committee
Juan de Fuca Group Lead
%image_alt% C. Geoffrey Wheat
Research Professor of Geological Oceanography
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Co-Investigator,
Executive Committee
North Pond and Dorado Group Lead
Knowledge Transfer Director
%image_alt% John Heidelberg
Associate Professor of Microbial Genomics
University of Southern California
Executive Committee
Data Management and Integration Director
%image_alt% Steven Finkel
Professor of Bacterial Genetics and Molecular Biology
University of Southern California
Senior Scientist
%image_alt% Victoria Orphan
Professor of Microbial Ecology and Geobiology
California Institute of Technology
Senior Scientist
%image_alt% Beth Orcutt
Senior Research Scientist
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Executive Committee (Rotator)
Senior Scientist
%image_alt% Alfred Spormann
Professor of Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry
Stanford University
Executive Committee (Rotator)
Senior Scientist

Administration

Manages the Center’s day-to-day activities.

Rosalynn Sylvan
University of Southern California
Managing Director
%image_alt% Nerissa Rivera-Laux
University of Southern California
Administrative Assistant

Knowledge Transfer & Data Management and Integration

KT is central to all of C-DEBI’s research, education, and outreach programs, and hence, it is the responsibility of all our senior personnel as well as the KT Director. The DMI team has the primary objective to make C-DEBI data and products accessible to the world via a data portal.  The DMI Director also ensures that C-DEBI participants have access to the Center’s computational resources and/or bioinformatics expertise, as well as making certain C-DEBI generated data are properly deposited in public archives and databases.

%image_alt% C. Geoffrey Wheat
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Knowledge Transfer Director
%image_alt% John Heidelberg
University of Southern California
Data Management Director
%image_alt% Matthew Janicak
University of Southern California
Data Manager
%image_alt% Robert Pockalny
University of Rhode Island
Data Portal Lead
%image_alt% Benjamin Tully
University of Southern California
Bioinformatics Specialist

Education, Outreach, and Diversity

The EOD team develops, implements, and coordinates programs and activities integrating C-DEBI research at all levels.

gwen-noda Gwen Noda
University of Southern California
Education & Diversity Director
%image_alt% Steven Finkel
University of Southern California
GGURE Director
%image_alt% John Heidelberg
University of Southern California
GEM Course Instructor
%image_alt% Eric Webb
University of Southern California
GEM Course Instructor
Gerid_Ollison Gerid Ollison
University of Southern California
 GEM Course TA

External Advisory Board

Provides annual assessments of the science, education, mentoring, management, and functioning of C-DEBI as a whole to the Directorship.

%image_alt% Doug Bartlett
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
External Advisory Board Chair
Vicki Ferrini
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
External Advisory Board
%image_alt% Jon Kaye
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
External Advisory Board
Rina Roy
American River College
External Advisory Board
%image_alt% Judy Wall
University of Missouri
External Advisory Board

Ethics Panel

Advises ExCom on any issue pertaining to ethics, including concerns regarding administration, funding, and scientific conduct.  This Panel handles all C-DEBI ethics complaints (none to date).

%image_alt% Karen Lloyd
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ethics Panel Chair, Faculty Representative
%image_alt% Rick Colwell
Oregon State University
Faculty Representative
%image_alt% Sharon Cooper
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Education Representative
%image_alt% Andy Fisher
University of California, Santa Cruz
ExCom Representative
%image_alt% Bill Orsi
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Early Faculty Representative

External Evaluator

Assesses and evaluates the effectiveness of C-DEBI management, research (specifically expeditions), and EOD programs and provides thorough, rigorous, independent, and results-based assessments.

%image_alt% Beth Rabin External Evaluator

Education and Outreach Steering Committee

Advises the EOD Administration.

%image_alt% Sharnnia Artis
University of California Irvine
Education and Outreach Steering Committee
%image_alt% Vanessa Green
Oregon Health & Science University
Education and Outreach Steering Committee
maldonado Elisa Maldonado
University of California San Diego
Education and Outreach Steering Committee

Our Community

In addition to the lead investigators at the primary institutions, C-DEBI supports deep biosphere community research at over 45 institutions in nearly 110 projects including about 55 graduate student and postdoctoral research fellowships, as well as E&O grants and travel exchanges.

The C-DEBI community also includes nearly 1000 members from 40 countries that stay informed of C-DEBI activities and opportunities via our mailing list.

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