In the initial phase of C-DEBI, the following four themes were the focus of C-DEBI research, providing a conceptual framework for scientific investigation supported by C-DEBI across a broad scientific community: Activity, Extent of Life, Limits to Life, and Evolution and Survival. For each of these themes, Theme Team Leaders regularly brought together experts within and outside of C-DEBI to identify new research directions within each theme. Based on these “think tank” conversations, the Theme Team Leaders developed Requests for Proposals for the initial phase of C-DEBI small grants and fellowship programs.
Research Theme I. Activity in the Deep Subseafloor Biosphere: function & rates of global biogeochemical processes
Theme Team Leaders: Wiebke Ziebis (USC, 2010) & Beth Orcutt (Bigelow, 2012-2014)