May 3, 2006

Research News

View a list of publications related to the subsurface biosphere from OSU faculty and students and their colleagues. This list was compiled in late April 2006 from database searches and includes articles published in 2005 and 2006. If you know of other publications to add to this list or notice key journals that are missing, let us know at

Reminder: The 2006 OSU Subsurface Biosphere Summer Workshop will be June 18-21 in Newport, OR . Sessions include: Plants as Drivers of Subsurface Processes (session chairs, Dave Myrold and Peter Bottomley); In-Situ Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes (session chair, Lew Semprini); and Microbes in Subsurface Marine and Volcanic Environments (session chair, Marty Fisk). FMI:

Funding Opportunities for Students

SBI Summer 2006 Undergraduate Internships - SBI will offer paid internships for undergraduates to work on research projects related to the subsurface biosphere. The goal of these internships is to provide undergraduates with rewarding research experiences at OSU that will stimulate their interest in the subsurface biosphere and encourage them to pursue graduate studies. The program will focus on, but is not limited to, under-represented minority and women students. Funding is still available. FMI:

US-EU Task Force on Biotechnology Short-Term Research Fellowships for Pre-doctoral or Recent Post-doctoral Students - The fellowships are for short-term exchanges of US scientists with interest in collaborating with EU laboratories and are designed to foster transatlantic collaborative interactions and enhance the professional development of the exchange fellows through the acquisition of expertise in microbial environmental biotechnology. The fellowship will support visits from one to six months in a host EU laboratory, including travel, housing and a living supplement. Any US citizens or permanent residents who have initiated their predoctoral studies or have been awarded the Ph.D. no more than seven years from the application deadline may apply.

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences - Research Coordination Networks in Biological Sciences (RCN) - "The goal of this program is to encourage and foster interactions among scientists to create new research directions or advance a field. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries. The proposed networking activities should have a theme as a focus of its collaboration. The focus could be on a broad research question, a specific group of organisms, or particular technologies or approaches." A project funded by this program in 2005 focused on denitrification - see and Deadline: June 26, 2006.

NSF - Ecosystem Science Cluster - Ecosystem Studies - Supports investigations of whole-system ecological processes and relationships in ecosystems across a diversity of spatial and temporal (including paleo) scales. Proposals may focus on areas such as: biogeochemistry; decomposition of organic matter; belowground nutrient cycling and energy flow; primary productivity; radiatively active gas flux; element budgets on watershed, regional, continental, or global scales; relationships between diversity and ecosystem function; ecosystem services; and landscape dynamics. Proposals will be considered that focus on advancing ecosystem science through either the pursuit of new theoretical paradigms or novel modeling efforts. Inter- and multi-disciplinary proposals that fall across traditional programmatic boundaries are welcomed and encouraged. Deadline: July 9, 2006.

Don't forget that the SBI has funding available for proposal development...see

For a list of other external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere, click here...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 3 4:00 PM. Characterizing Groundwater Systems Using Hydrogeophysics (Hydrology Seminar Series). Eileen Poeter, Colorado School of Mines. Held on campus at ALS 4000. Eileen is this year’s Darcy Lecturer and she will be available to meet on May 3 with students from 1:15-2 pm and for one-on-one (30 min) appointments from 2-3:30 pm. Contact Roy Haggerty ( if you would like to meet with her. FMI:

Tuesday, May 9 4:00 PM. Gas Hydrate (the ice that burns!)--A Widespread Methane Reservoir (Geography/Geology Seminar Series). Anne Trehu, College of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU. Held on campus at Gilfillan Auditorium. FMI:

Thursday, May 18 4:00 PM. The Planet Within: Microbial Communities as Geological Agents ( IGERT Earth's Subsurface Biosphere Seminar Series). Dr. Penelope (Penny) Boston, Research Associate Professor of Cave and Karst and Director of the Cave and Karst Studies Program, Department of Earth & Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech. Held on campus at Burt 193. FMI:

Link to a calendar of other related events...

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