For Everyone

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.

Join our Mailing List & Newsletter
Join the community mailing list of nearly 1000 scientists, educators, students and more to stay informed of all things deep biosphere!  Find out what’s going on with C-DEBI and numerous deep biosphere opportunities and resources every other week.

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C-DEBI / Delaware SeaGrant 15-second Science Videos
In partnership with the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), Delaware Sea Grant is expanding its collection of 15 Second Science videos and other multimedia to include resources about the deep biosphere and sub-seafloor life. Below the ocean floor lives a tremendous amount of life, none of which is visible to naked eye or even the run-of-the-mill microscope. Here in the subsurface, we find bacteria, archaea, and fungi by the trillions! Tune in for 15 Second Science segments, longer Dive Deeper videos, and even some virtual reality videos, discussing microbes, dark energy, and the tools and techniques used to explore this extreme environment.

Where Wild Microbes Grow: An eBook for Kids
Where Wild Microbes Grow is a children’s picture eBook about the search for life under the seafloor. Kids explore how scientists are discovering amazing creatures that may help us find life on other planets. Written in rhyming verse by Kevin Kurtz and illustrated by Alice Feagan, this iBook also includes interactive videos, photos and other media about the astonishing world of seafloor microbes. Also available as a PDF that can be viewed on any computer device or printed.

Life Underground: The Game
Life Underground, a game developed by the Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, takes players on a journey into the depths and extremes of the Earth, and it’s available to download! The game is an interactive outreach experience for 7th and 8th grade classrooms. The goal is for students to visualize microscopic life at a range of terrestrial and extraterrestrial subsurface conditions. Students take the role of a young scientist investigating extreme subsurface environments for microbial life. They will navigate through extreme conditions, including those of temperature, pressure, acidity, and energy limitations, and they will begin to recognize what characterizes life in this context.

Deep Biosphere Expedition and Sampling Videos
Watch the videos from our deep biosphere expeditions to learn what C-DEBI is doing and find out what’s so interesting, and why is it important!

Research Backgrounders and Experts on the Marine Deep Biosphere
The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has developed a series of Research Backgrounders and a C-DEBI Experts List to communicate exciting developments in our research of the marine deep biosphere to the journalism and science-writing communities as well as the general public.  Supported through a C-DEBI Education and Outreach Grant, these scientifically-vetted resources including a dedicated insight into each of the C-DEBI research themes are intended to assist journalists in their efforts to understand and report on these complex but broadly significant findings.

Networked Speaker Series
C-DEBI is a “networked” Science and Technology Center, gathering expertise, ideas, and participation from institutions across the U.S. and around the world. C-DEBI runs the Networked Speaker Series as one means to enhance communication and the exchange of ideas via short (30 minute) presentations with time for questions and discussion. The series is presented live online for remote participants, and is recorded and available on the website for those unable to “attend” the live events.

ROV (Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle) Designs
Build your own ROV with these designs to be used as platforms for project-based K-8 marine education and outreach supported through a C-DEBI Education and Outreach Grant.

Science at Sea Outreach
Learn about our deep biosphere research directly from seagoing expeditions on the JOIDES Resolution and other expeditions associated with C-DEBI research.

Explore the hidden wonders of the deep continental slope of the northern Gulf of Mexico from offshore Mississippi to Texas: its bubbling mud volcanoes, quiet brine lakes, seafloor gas hydrates, oil seep sites, and also the seafloor near the Macondo wellhead at over 1500 meters depth, will be visited by deepsea submersible Alvin, its pilots and science observers. Follow the cruise blog March 29 – April 23, 2014 to explore and document the deep Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, its lasting damage and beginning recovery almost four years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

We returned to North Pond in 2011, a site located in the very middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to investigate the microbiology of this location which has been studied nearly continuously for its geological, geophysical, and hydrological characteristics since first drilled in 1975/1976.  See the blog from the first expedition in 2009 and Return to North Pond Expedition 336 blog linked to Scientific American. Link to the Adopt-A-Microbe Project and the Classroom Connection initiative from the Expedition 336 Hub.

Scientists and educators on the Hydrogeology at Juan de Fuca Expedition (Summer 2011) explored how water flows in the earth’s crust beneath the seafloor, and examined 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 (2010), when subseafloor observatories (CORKs) were placed in the seafloor on the Juan de Fuca ridge. The returning expedition to these installations used the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) JASON to download data, retrieve samples, and make any necessary repairs to on-going experiments.  See the Expedition Hubs (2011 and 2010) and their Adopt-A-Microbe activities.

The South Pacific Gyre Microbiology Expedition (2010) penetrated 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!  See the Expedition Hub and Adopt-A-Microbe version 2.0.

Education and Outreach Grants
Our education and outreach goals include creating distinctive, targeted education programs and promoting increased public awareness about life below the seafloor. C-DEBI funded Education and Outreach Grants (up to $50,000) for education/outreach projects on marine deep biosphere topics. The program legacy includes educational opportunities and materials that are pertinent to deep biosphere research in the subseafloor environment.

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