June 2007
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Research Feature

Cassie Hebel in the field.

Subsurface Biosphere IGERT student Stephanie Boyle recently completed her Ph.D. in Soil Science. For her dissertation, she used molecular techniques to study forest soil bacterial and fungal communities and their contribution to nitrogen cycling.  Her primary advisor was Dave Myrold, professor of Soil Science, and her co-advisor was Peter Bottomley, professor of Microbiology and Soil Science.

Link to a short Web interview where Stephanie describes her research.

2007 SBI Summer Workshop, June 17-19

Yaquina HeadThe final agenda for the 2007 SBI Summer Workshop is now available! The keynote speaker will be Mary Firestone, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California - Berkeley. Some spots may still be available -- contact Garrett Jones (sbi@oregonstate.edu, 737-2751) if you have not yet signed up but would like to attend.

Other Upcoming Events

Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29. Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Multiscale Nonlinear Systems, Oregon State University. The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists working on various aspects of nonlinear coupled phenomena occuring at multiple spatial and temporal scales in natural and man-made environments. Example topics include: modeling of preferential fluid flow and transport and other phenomena in subsurface, and experiment-based and computational porescale-to-watershed modeling, and biological and engineering applications with multiscale character.

October 7 - 10, 2007, Austin, Texas. 3rd ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria(CCCB). Abstract Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2007.

Link to a calendar of other related events...

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

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. Proposals due: July 9, 2007.

NSF Division of Earth Sciences - 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. Proposals due: July 16, 2007.

NSF Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) - The Microbial Observatories activity is a continuation of MO competitions held since 1999 (link to prior awards). 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. Projects supported are expected to establish or participate in an established, Internet-accessible knowledge network to disseminate information resulting from these activities. In addition, educational and outreach activities such as formal or informal training in microbial biology, and activities that will broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in microbial research and education are expected. 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. This expanded activity will fund integrative studies that explore novel microorganisms, their interactions in consortia and communities, and aspects of their physiology, biochemistry and genomics in relationship to the processes that they carry out in the environment. Proposals due: October 8, 2007.

Don't forget that the SBI has funding available for proposal development and maintains a list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.

Funding Opportunities for Students

SBI Summer 2007 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. Applications are still being considered.

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