With the DEBI RCN, we held annual, theme-based meetings to address the research and coordination efforts of the growing deep biosphere community. These meetings enabled scientists and students to exchange ideas in deep biosphere studies, to learn about practical developments and study opportunities in the field, and to coordinate research and education activities. Each meeting was part scientific conference and part training workshop, both parts focused on a specific theme within deep biosphere research. These key themes included microbiology in sediments and basement rock, organic geochemistry and biosignatures, bioenergetics, hydrogeology, and drilling and sampling technology.
2011 Deep Biosphere Sediment Microbiology DEBI RCN Meeting
Organizers: Andreas Teske (UNC), Jennifer Biddle (UDel), Matthew Schrenk (ECU)
Co-sponsored by USSSP and NASA Astrobiology Institute
2012 Ocean Crust Processes and Consequences for Life DEBI RCN Meeting
Organizers: Heiner Villinger, and Ulla Röhl, and Wolfgang Bach (all at U Bremen)
Co-sponsored by German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German IODP at BGR
2014 Bioenergetics and Subsurface Metabolisms DEBI RCN Meeting
Organizers: Jan Amend and Doug LaRowe (both at USC)
2008 Kick Off Workshop
Organizers: Katrina Edwards and Beth Orcutt (both at USC)
THE WORKSHOP that started it ALL!!! This dedicated meeting identified circa 30 “founding members” and developed a framework for developing a community. These activities were aimed at the goal of developing a sustained institute for deep biosphere research, “DEBI” (Dark Energy Biosphere Institute).