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December 7, 2010
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In the News

Masif image.Busy microbial world found in deepest ocean crust ever explored (Sify, 11/20/10) - “This is a new ecosystem that almost no one has ever explored,” said Martin Fisk, a professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. See also an OSU press release: Busy microbial world discovered in deepest ocean crust ever explored


Recent Publications

Publications by SBI authors over the last several months. Please send citations for missing publications to

Appuhamillage, TA, Bokil VA, Thomann E, Waymire E, Wood BD.  2010.  Solute transport across an interface: A Fickian theory for skewness in breakthrough curves. Water Resources Research. 46(7).

Azizian, MF, Marshall IPG, Behrens S, Spormann AM, Semprini L.  2010.  Comparison of lactate, formate, and propionate as hydrogen donors for the reductive dehalogenation of trichloroethene in a continuous-flow column. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. 113(1-4):77-92.

Chaia, EE; Myrold, DD, 2010. Variation of N-15 natural abundance in leaves and nodules of actinorhizal shrubs in Northwest Patagonia. Symbiosis 50 (1-2): 97-105.

Conrad, ME, Brodie EL, Radtke CW, Bill M, Delwiche ME, Lee HM, Swift DL, Colwell FS.  2010.  Field Evidence for Co-Metabolism of Trichloroethene Stimulated by Addition of Electron Donor to Groundwater. Environmental Science & Technology. 44(12):4697-4704.

Istok, JD, Park M, Michalsen M, Spain AM, Krumholz LR, Liu C, McKinley J, Long P, Roden E, Peacock AD.  2010.  A thermodynamically-based model for predicting microbial growth and community composition coupled to system geochemistry: Application to uranium bioreduction. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. 112(1-4):1-14.

Lajtha, K, Jones J.  2010.  Comment on ‘Kane et al. 2008. Precipitation control over inorganic nitrogen import-export budgets across watersheds: a synthesis of long-term ecological research. Ecohydrology 1(2): 105-117’. Ecohydrology.

Lee, J-H, Dolan M, Field J, Istok J.  2010.  Monitoring Bioaugmenation with Single-Well Push−Pull Tests in Sediment Systems Contaminated with Trichloroethene. Environmental Science & Technology. 44(3):1085-1092.

Phillips, CL, Nickerson N, Risk D, Kayler ZE, Andersen C, Mix A, Bond BJ.  2010.  Soil moisture effects on the carbon isotope composition of soil respiration. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 24(9):1271-1280.

Porter, ML, Wildenschild D.  2010.  Image analysis algorithms for estimating porous media multiphase flow variables from computed microtomography data: a validation study. Computational Geosciences. 14(1):15-30.

Porter, ML, Valdes-Parada FJ, Wood BD.  2010.  Comparison of theory and experiments for dispersion in homogeneous porous media. Advances in Water Resources. 33(9):1043-1052.

Sabalowsky, AR; Semprini, L. 2010. Trichloroethene and cis-1,2-dichloroethene Concentration-Dependent Toxicity Model Simulates Anaerobic Dechlorination at High Concentrations: I. Batch-Fed Reactors. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 107 (3): 529-539.

Sabalowsky, AR; Semprini, L. 2010. Trichloroethene and cis-1,2-Dichloroethene Concentration-Dependent Toxicity Model Simulates Anaerobic Dechlorination at High Concentrations. II: Continuous Flow and Attached Growth Reactors. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 107 (3): 540-549.

Sayavedra-Soto, LA, Gvakharia B, Bottomley PJ, Arp DJ, Dolan ME.  2010.  Nitrification and degradation of halogenated hydrocarbons—a tenuous balance for ammonia-oxidizing bacteria. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 86(2):435-444.

Wood, BD.  2010.  Reply to comment by Philippe Baveye on“The role of scaling laws in upscaling”. Advances in Water Resources. 33(1):125-127.

Opportunities for Students

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) - Three year doctoral fellowships for degrees in many fields including biosciences, geosciences, engineering and others. Applications due December 17, 2010.

2011 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium - Participants engage in small group discussions, participate in proposal workshops, and meet with funding agencies, media representatives, and policymakers.  The symposium provides leadership and communications training and begins the process of forming interdisciplinary research collaborations. Applications due December 31, 2011.

Grant A. Harris Research Instruments Fellowship - This fellowship provides $5,000 worth of Decagon research instruments to a graduate student studying any aspect of environmental science or geotechnical science. This year the committee will be emphasizing studies that propose innovative soil and plant monitoring.  Research topics might include, but are not limited to: organic crops studies, geotechnical hazard studies, water balance studies. Six awards will be made. Applications due: January 14, 2011.

2011 Summer Internships at Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. See website for more details.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

The SBI has funding available for proposal development and maintains a list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.

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