Thanks to C-DEBI’s generous travel support, I traveled to the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) to attend a Microbial Dark Matter (MDM) Meeting and a workshop entitled, “New Lineages of Life” (NeLLi) in April 2017. Both events were focused on JGI’s initiative to characterize yet-to-be-cultivated organisms using single-cell and metagenomic sequencing techniques. Currently, I am working to describe the functional potential of an uncultured archaeal lineage sampled from the Juan de Fuca ridge flank (a project that relates to C-DEBI research theme 2: Activities, Communities, and Ecosystems), and thus most of the content presented throughout the week was applicable to my work. Attending these events allowed me to see how other investigators were approaching the characterization of other new lineages. I was introduced to new open source software and databases (for example, the Genome Taxonomy Database, [http://gtdb.ecogenomic.org, unpublished], GREMLIN, a protein modeling program [http://gremlin.bakerlab.org/index.php] and Data2, a new amplicon pipeline, [https://github.com/benjjneb/dada2]). Being at the NeLLi workshop also gave me the opportunity to meet with my JFR collaborators and share my recent progress. Together we developed a plan for future work and manuscript submission. Additionally, these events provided me with a great networking opportunity, allowing me to meet other scientists with similar interests.