2020 C-DEBI Virtual Annual Meeting Participants

Virtual Meeting Series

Building on the enthusiasm of our first virtual annual meeting in 2020, we continue to bring the C-DEBI community together through a virtual meeting series. These virtual events are held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop contains about 90 minutes of programming, including plenary presentations by invited speakers, a community building breakout session, and a plenary Q&A session. To foster an open environment for data sharing and discussion, sessions will not be recorded.

The layout of the 90-minute meetings (all 9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time) is anticipated to be:

  • Welcome (10 minutes)
  • Community building ice breaker (10 minutes; in breakout rooms if the group is large)
  • Plenary talk(s) (30 minutes)
  • Open Q&A (30 minutes)
  • Wrap up (10 minutes)
C-DEBI is committed to providing a virtual meeting space where all participants feel welcome, safe, and included. By registering for and attending the meeting, you agree to review and abide by our non-discriminatory code of conduct.

Upcoming Meetings

We took a break in November, but resuming December 2021 at a new time (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)!


Friday December 3, 2021 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
How to Better Prepare Participants and Mentors for Preventing/Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Field [Register for Connection Information]

Ivona Cetinič, NASA Goddard

Field work is often viewed as a career highlight, shaping the trajectories of graduate students and early career researchers. Negative experiences in the field, intimidating behaviors (including hazing, bullying), harassment, discriminatory behaviors, gendered division of labor, and assault, can have severe consequences for victims and their careers. In this event, Dr. Ivona Cetinić will discuss ways to create a safe and productive field climate, focusing on the role that PIs play in setting expectations for (and rules of) behavior, and the accountability for violations.

Friday January 7, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
COBRA: Crustal Ocean Biosphere Research Accelerator
COBRA Team: Beth Orcutt (Director, Bigelow), Julie Huber (Associate Director, WHOI), Andrew Fisher (UCSC), Geoff Wheat (UAF), Randi Rotjan (BU), Jim McManus (Bigelow), Rosalynn Sylvan (Bigelow)


Friday February 4, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
METABOLIC Bioinformatics Tool
Karthik Anantharaman, University of Wisconsin


Friday March 4, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
Seafloor Fluid Sampling
Julie Huber (WHOI), Rika Anderson (Carleton), Susan Lang (U of SC), Mike Rappe (U Hawaii)


Friday April 1, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
Anvi’o Bioinformatics Platform
A. Murat Eren (Meren), Marine Biological Laboratory & University of Chicago

Previous Meetings

See the previous virtual series topics and speakers

Organizing Committee

If you are an early career researcher (student, postdoc, junior faculty, etc.) who would like to help coordinate these events, please contact us!

Sajjad Akam, Iowa State University
James Bradley, Queen Mary University of London
Joy Buongiorno, Maryville College
Beth Orcutt, C-DEBI Senior Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Rosalynn Sylvan, C-DEBI Managing Director, University of Southern California