June 1, 2006

Research News

Photo of Rick Colwell. The SBI would like to welcome Rick Colwell, a geomicrobiologist who will join the faculty of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) this month. Rick has been a scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) since 1986 where his research has focused on microbial communities in subsurface environments. Rick’s position is in part funded by the SBI and we are excited about the expertise he brings to campus. Read more about Rick's background and interests at http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/news/200606.htm

Reminder: Please send in your poster abstracts for the 2006 OSU Subsurface Biosphere Summer Workshop. The workshop will be June 18-21 in Newport, OR and 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). Please send in your poster abstracts to sbi@oregonstate.edu. FMI: http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/news/workshop06.htm.

Upcoming Events

Soil Chemist/Microbiologist Candidate Seminars - During the last weeks of May and the first weeks of June the Department of Crop and Soil Science is interviewing candidates for the Soil Chemistry/Microbiology faculty position in their department. Please join the department for the candidates' seminars. For the list and times of seminar see http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/news/soilbiologist.htm or contact Dave Myrold.

Tuesday, June 6 4:00PM. Petroleum Biodegradation and Tar Sands (Geography/Geology Seminar Series). Steve Larter, University of Calgary. Held on campus at Gilfillan Auditorium. FMI: http://www.geo.oregonstate.edu/events/SeminarSeries/Seminar_Current.htm.

Link to a calendar of other related events...

Funding Opportunities

NSF Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program - This program encourages studies of 1) the interactions between biological and geological systems at all scales of space and time; 2) geomicrobiology and biomineralization processes; 3) the role of life in the evolution of the Earth’s system; 4) inorganic and organic geochemical processes occurring at or near the earth’s surface now and in the past, and at the broad spectrum of interfaces ranging in scale from planetary and regional to mineral-surface and supramolecular; 5) mineralogy and chemistry of soils and sediments; 6) surficial chemical and biogeochemical systems and cycles and their modification through natural and anthropogenic change; and 7) development of tools, methods, and models for low-temperature geochemistry and geobiological research. GG facilitates cross-disciplinary efforts to harness new bioanalytical tools – such as those emerging from molecular biology – in the study of the terrestrial environment. Deadline: July 16, 2006. FMI: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13689&org=GEO&from=home

NSF Microbial Observatories and Microbial Interactions and Processes - The long-term goal of this activity is to develop a network of sites or "microbial observatories" in different habitats to study and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental gradients. Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) expands the range of the MO competition to support microbial diversity research projects that need not be site-based, and that are smaller and/or shorter in duration than MO projects. Deadline: October 9, 2006. FMI: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6166&org=NSF

Don't forget that the SBI has funding available for proposal development...see http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/research/smallgrants.htm.

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

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