C-DEBI Annual Meetings

Members of the C-DEBI community meet annually to report on and discuss presently-active, C-DEBI-funded research and education and outreach projects. The size of the meeting is limited to approximately 70 people to support well-integrated discussions; priority invitation will be given to those C-DEBI participants with active grants who have not presented on their work previously.

Stay tuned for details regarding our next Annual Meeting. As in previous years, the meeting will be preceded by a graduate student and postdoctoral professional development workshop.

C-DEBI Annual Meeting, November 13-14, 2019

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

We continued to emphasize integration and collaboration at this Annual Meeting through discussions of future plans as well as reporting on active C-DEBI research projects. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to give community members from different field sites and/or with different interests a significant opportunity to make new connections that will help us to collectively solve especially interesting problems in study of subsurface life. Consequently, a relatively large fraction of the meeting was set aside for (i) many very brief presentations and (ii) lightning talks.

This annual meeting was preceded by a Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop on November 12, 2019.  The theme was “Project Management – The Process, The Team, and The Work” led by Randy Ribaudo and Larry Petcovic of SciPhD.

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Day 1: The State of C-DEBI • Life in the Dark and More • Crustal Aquifer: Models and Microbes • Microbes in Sediments • Keynote: Microbial Life in the Slow Lane • Lightning Talks 1 • Poster Session 1

Day 2: Keynote: The Crustal Microbiome • Lightning Talks 2 • Working with Isolates • Microbes in Sediments • What’s Next and Lessons Learned? • Poster Session 2

C-DEBI Annual Meeting, November 14-15, 2018

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

We continued to emphasize integration and collaboration at this Annual Meeting through discussions of future plans as well as reporting on active C-DEBI research projects. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to give community members from different field sites and/or with different interests a significant opportunity to make new connections that will help us to collectively solve especially interesting problems in study of subsurface life. Consequently, a relatively large fraction of the meeting was set aside for (i) many very brief presentations and (ii) lightning talks.

This annual meeting was preceded by a Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop on November 13, 2018.  The theme was “Strategic Persuasion for Meetings and Negotiations” led by Nancy Houfek of COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists), University of Oregon.

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Download the Strategic Persuasion for Meetings and Negotiations workshop materials (PDF)

Day 1: The State of C-DEBI • Microbes, Carbon and Viruses at North Pond • Sediments and Mats and More • Rocks, Fluids, and Energy • Keynote: C-DEBI Advances in Quantifying Crustal Fluxes from Observations and Simulations • Lightning Talks 1 • Poster Session 1

Day 2: Keynote: Metabolism, Survival, and Adaptation • Lightning Talks 2 • Isolates • Education, Outreach, and Diversity • Lightning Talks 3 • Keynote: What Have We Learned about Life in Oceanic Crust after a Decade of C-DEBI Research? • Poster Session 2

C-DEBI Annual Meeting, November 14-15, 2017

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

We continued to emphasize integration and collaboration at this Annual Meeting through discussions of future plans as well as reporting on active C-DEBI research projects. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to give community members from different field sites and/or with different interests a significant opportunity to make new connections that will help us to collectively solve especially interesting problems in study of subsurface life. Consequently, a relatively large fraction of the meeting was set aside for (i) many very brief presentations and (ii) lightning talks.

This annual meeting was preceded by a Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop on November 13, 2017.  The theme was “Key steps to landing a job and what to do once you’ve been offered the position” led by an expert panel of largely early career academics.

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Day 1: The State of C-DEBI • Carbon in Sediments • Genomics • Archaea • Microbial Activity • Lightning Talks 1 • Poster Session 1

Day 2: Diversity & Outreach: Expanding the C-DEBI Community • Models and More • Lightning Talks 2 • Sediments and More • Lightning Talks 3 • Keynote • Poster Session 2

C-DEBI Annual Meeting, October 18-19, 2016

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

We continued to emphasize integration and collaboration at this Annual Meeting through discussions of future plans as well as reporting on active C-DEBI research projects. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to give community members from different field sites and/or with different interests a significant opportunity to make new connections that will help us to collectively solve especially interesting problems in study of subsurface life. Consequently, a relatively large fraction of the meeting was set aside for (i) many very brief presentations and (ii) lightning talks.

This annual meeting was preceded by a C-DEBI/Metcalf Institute Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop on October 17, 2016 co-hosted by the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island.  See resources from this day-long workshop “Building Leadership in Science Communication” at http://metcalfinstitute.org/training/scicomm-cdebi/. The following workshop speaker videos are available on YouTube:

  1. Talking to the Media and Using Conduits to the Press
    Mario Aguilera, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
  2. Composing Opinion Pieces
    Edward Ortiz, California Energy Commission
  3. Sharing Science with Video
    Katie Pratt, URI GSO Office of Marine Programs

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Day 1: The State of C-DEBI • Organics and More in Marine Sediments • Omics, Omics and More Omics • Education & Outreach • Q&A on the C-DEBI Call for Proposals • Microbe-Mineral Interactions • Lightning Talks 1 • Poster Session 1

Day 2: Subseafloor at Hydrothermal Vents • More Omics in Marine Sediments • Lightning Talks 2 • Carbon and Life in the Subseafloor • Lightning Talks 3 • Keynote • Poster Session 2

C-DEBI Annual Meeting, October 5-6, 2015

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

The focus of this Annual Meeting was integration and collaboration.  At that time, we knew that we had been renewed and discussed future plans as well as reported on active C-DEBI research projects. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to give community members from different field sites and/or with different interests a significant opportunity to make new connections that will help us to collectively solve especially interesting problems in study of subsurface life. Consequently, a relatively large fraction of the meeting was set aside for (i) many very brief presentations and (ii) open-mic discussions.

This annual meeting was preceded by a C-DEBI/MARINE Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop on October 4, 2015 co-hosted by MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education). This day-long workshop “Making the Transition from Graduate Studies to the Interdisciplinary Workforce” aimed to better prepare the participants as future science leaders.

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Day 1: Introduction and Renewal • Data Management and Integration • Education & Outreach • Omics Applications • Open Mic & Discussion • Dorado Outcrop • Open Mic & Discussion • Poster Session 1

Day 2: Metabolism and Model Organisms • Basement • Open Mic & Discussion • Sediments • Keynote • Open Mic & Discussion • Synthesis Discussion • Poster Session 2

C-DEBI Annual Meeting, October 3-4, 2014

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

The focus of this C-DEBI Annual Meeting was integration and collaboration. At this time, we had submitted our renewal proposal and discussed future plans as well as reported on active C-DEBI projects. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to give community members from different field sites and/or with different interests a significant opportunity to make new connections that will help us to collectively solve especially interesting problems in study of subsurface life. Consequently, a relatively large fraction of the meeting was set aside for (i) many very brief presentations and (ii) open-mic discussions.

This annual meeting was preceded by a C-DEBI/MARINE Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop on October 2, 2014 co-hosted by MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education) and in part led by our Education Director, Stephanie Schroeder. This day-long workshop “Preparing for Interdisciplinary Careers” aimed to help participants examine and prepare for a variety of interdisciplinary career paths, using the perspective of current professionals and through mock interview practice.

Day 1: Introduction • Environmental Microbiology Session 1: Sediments & Mats • Environmental Microbiology Session 2: Fluids & Rocks • Open Mic & Discussion • Data Management and Integration • Open Mic & Discussion • Synthesis Discussion • Poster Session 1

Day 2: Environmental Microbiology Session 3: North Pond & Dorado • Education & Outreach Session • Open Mic & Discussion • Environmental Microbiology Session 4: More Fluids & Rocks • Environmental Microbiology Session 5: More Sediments • Open Mic & Discussion • Synthesis Discussion • Poster Session 2

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C-DEBI Annual Meeting, October 7-8, 2013

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

The purpose of this C-DEBI Annual Meeting was to give community members from different field sites and/or with different interests a significant opportunity to make new connections that will help us to collectively solve especially interesting problems in study of subsurface life. Consequently, a relatively large fraction of the meeting will be set aside for (i) many very brief presentations and (ii) open-mic discussions.

This annual meeting was preceded by a C-DEBI Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop on October 6, 2013 led by our Education Director, Stephanie Schroeder. This day-long workshop focused on communication training presented by Matt Wright from IODP.

Day 1: Introduction • Environmental Microbiology Session 1 • Environmental Microbiology Session 2 • Open Mic & Discussion • Biogeochemistry Session 1 • Biogeochemistry Session 2 • Open Mic & Discussion • Poster Session 1

Day 2: Omics Session • Open Mic & Discussion • Education & Outreach Session • Open Mic & Discussion • New Sites & Methods Session • Open Mic & Disucssion • Poster Session 2

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C-DEBI Annual Meeting, October 22-23, 2012

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina, California, USA

The focus of C-DEBI’s second Annual Meeting (formerly titled the “All Hands Meeting”) was on potential future directions for the STC so that we can engage new communities and achieve high priority goals. To this end, we discussed progress made on selected projects, learned about frontiers in deep biosphere research (including some not involving subseafloor realms), and explored future options for new Major Programs (where C-DEBI may focus attention and resources over the next several years). The meeting included plenary presentations aimed at a broad audience, poster sessions featuring results of individual studies, breakout groups to examine progress and needs of C-DEBI research themes, mentoring activities for junior scientists and graduate students, and time to socialize and discuss recent STC activities and goals for the future.

Day 1: C-DEBI, Juan de Fuca, South Pacific Gyre and North Pond Overview • Invited Plenary (Joe Vallino) • Invited Plenary (Rick Colwell) • Research Themes • Invited Plenary (John Priscu) • Research Theme Breakout 1 • Research Theme Breakout 2• Proposed Major Programs Poster Session

Day 2: Invited Plenary (Matthew Schrenk) • Proposed Major Programs Overview • Proposed Major Programs Breakout 1 • Education and Outreach • Invited Plenary (Edward Peltzer) • Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Poster Session • Invited Plenary (Wolfgang Bach) • Proposed Major Programs Breakout 2 • Major Programs Wrap Up & The Next Two Years

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C-DEBI Annual Meeting, May 16-17, 2011

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

The focus of C-DEBI’s first Annual Meeting (formerly titled the “All Hands Meeting”) was to discuss, report and plan past, present and future research and activities of our Center to build our knowledge of life in the subseafloor biosphere.

Day 1: Welcome and Overview • Expedition Focus Review • Research Direction Breakouts • Breakout Reports • Report on Surveys of Activities • Funded Research Projects Review/Introduction • Education and Outreach Review • Funded Education Projects • Knowledge and Technology Transfer • Education and Outreach and Technology Transfer Breakouts • BBQ!

Day 2: GEM Undergraduate Course • Research, E&O Breakouts Focusing on What’s Next? • Strategic Implementation Planning • Final Breakouts for Impromptu Topics • New Drilling Projects Breakout Followup • EAB Breakout • ExCom Breakout • Final Charges

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