SBI 2006 Summer Workshop

Hallmark Resort in Newport, OR, June 18 -21, 2006

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Workshop Agenda

Sunday Evening, June 18

7:30 p.m. Lew Semprini, Oregon State University
Introductory talk about SBI and Workshop
8:00 p.m. Campfire Social

Monday, June 19

8:15 a.m. Marty Fisk, Oregon State University
Session 1 Introduction: Global Geochemical Cycles and the Subsurface Biosphere
8:30 a.m. Jim Fredrickson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Biogeochemical Transformations of Metals: New Mechanistic Insights from Coupled Microbial- Geochemical Research
9:30 a.m. Radu Popa, Portland State University
Microbes, the First Miners
10:00 a.m. Melissa Kendall, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Life in the Slow Lane: Methanogenesis in Permanently Cold Marine Sediments
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Rick Colwell, Oregon State University/Idaho National Laboratory
Methane Hydrates
11:45 a.m. George Redden, Idaho National Laboratory
Solution Mixing and Mineral Precipitation in Porous Media
12:15 p.m. Discussion
12:30 p.m. Break for lunch (on own)
1:30 p.m. Peter Bottomley, Oregon State University
Session 2 Introduction: Plants as Drivers
1:45 p.m. Tom Boutton, Texas A&M University
Woody Plant Invasion of Grassland: Impacts on Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Storage and Dynamics
2:45 p.m. Kathleen Treseder, University of California, Irvine
Mycorrhizal Fungi and their Influence on Soil Dynamics
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Sulzman, Elizabeth, Oregon State University
Carbon In and Out of DIRT: Can We Really Study Ecology in the Mountains?
5:00 p.m. Break for dinner
7:00 p.m. Dave Myrold, Oregon State University
Evening introduction
7:05 p.m. Darlene Southworth, Southern Oregon University
Oaks Below Ground: Mycorrhizas, Truffles and Small Mammals
7:25 p.m. Poster Session
9:30 p.m. Beach Activities

Tuesday, June 20

8:15 a.m. Lew Semprini, Oregon State University
Session 3 Introduction: Bioremediation
8:30 a.m.

Frank Loeffler, Georgia Institute of Technology Bioremediation
The Solution from Within

9:30 a.m. Craig Criddle, Stanford University
Bioremediation of Atomic Bomb Wastes
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Jack Istok, Oregon State University
Thermodynamics and Growth: Is it Possible to Predict Changes in Microbial Community Composition Using Equilibrium-Based Reaction Paths?
11:15 a.m. Yoshiko Fujita, Idaho National Laboratory
Microbially Facilitated Calcite Precipitation for Immobilization of Strontium-90 in the Subsurface
11:45 a.m. Anne Taylor, Oregon State University
Evaluation of Fluoroethene as an Analogue for Aerobic Vinyl Chloride Degradation
12:15 p.m. Discussion
12:30 p.m. Break for lunch (on own)/free afternoon
7:00 p.m. Lew Semprini, Oregon State University
Evening introduction
7:05 p.m. Rick Colwell, Oregon State University/Idaho National Laboratory
Secure Earth
7:25 p.m. Poster Session
9:30 p.m. Beach or other activities

Wednesday June 21

8:15 a.m. SBI Meeting
Program Development
Integrated Research Development
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Final Business

Previous Announcements about the workshop...

February 2006

OSU's Subsurface Biosphere Initiative (SBI), along with the NSF-funded Earths Subsurface Biosphere IGERT, is planning a scientific workshop to be held at the .

The workshop will include platform presentations by invited speakers from throughout the United States, as well as OSU faculty and students. There will also be a poster session for all participants to present results of their research.

We are currently planning three workshop sessions related to the Subsurface Biosphere:

  • Plants as Drivers of Subsurface Processes (session chairs, Dave Myrold and Peter Bottomley)
  • In-Situ Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes (session chair, Lew Semprini)
  • Microbes in Subsurface Marine and Volcanic Environments (session chair, Marty Fisk).

We will also have breakout sessions to discuss future directions of the SBI.

Travel Funds for OSU Faculty/Students:

SBI is making travel funds available to OSU faculty and graduate students participating in the workshop. To qualify for SBI travel funds, a faculty member or student must be an author or co-author of a poster or workshop presentation. Responses received before March 7 were given first consideration for SBI travel funds but some funding may still be available. If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to contact us by e-mail ( or by phone (Garrett Jones, 737-2751).

To apply for travel funding, send an email to with the following information:


( ) Faculty; ( ) Research Associate; ( ) Graduate Student

If you are a graduate student, the name of your faculty advisor:

Tentative title for a poster or platform presentation:

E-mail address:

Phone number: