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SBI Research Feature: Geomicrobiology of
short web interview where recent PhD graduate Brandon Briggs
describes his research on methane hydrates in deep marine sediments.
now a post-doc at Miami University in Ohio, and has co-authored
two recent papers with his OSU doctoral adviser
Brandon's dissertation also involved research as an
student at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he learned to
use the PhyloChip microarray to complete his project. The exchange was
funded by DEBI/C-DEBI
(Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations), a National Science Foundation
(NSF)-funded Research and Coordination Network that exists to help
coordinate and support deep biosphere research and to aid in the
transfer of information regarding the deep biosphere's role in the
global Earth system. Read
more about the student exchange.
In the News
A team of Oregon scientists, including Martin
Fisk and Amy
Smith from OSU, has collected microbes from ice within a lava
tube in the Cascade Mountains and found that they thrive in cold,
Mars-like conditions. The microbes tolerate temperatures near freezing
and low levels of oxygen, and they can grow in the absence of organic
food. Under these conditions their metabolism is driven by the
oxidation of iron from olivine, a common volcanic mineral found in the
rocks of the lava tube, making the microbes capable of living in the
subsurface of Mars and other planetary bodies. Read more.
Sunday, May 6-Wednesday,
May 9 2nd
on Microbial Life under Extreme Energy Limitation (Aarhus University,
invite the participation
of scientists and graduate students to this workshop which will bring
diverse disciplines of biochemistry, physical organic chemistry,
biogeochemistry, and bioenergetic theory. The goal is to develop our
of the energetic limits to microbial life, with relevance for the deep
biosphere, planetary biology, and microbial ecology in general. http://www.microenergy2012.org
Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 24
Eighth International Conference on Remediation of
Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. This conference
focuses on innovative application of existing or new technologies and
approaches for characterization, treatment, and monitoring of
chlorinated and other recalcitrant compounds in various environmental
media. Abstracts due July 31, 2011. Held at Monterey, CA. FMI: http://www.battelle.org/conferences/chlorinated/index.aspx.
Wednesday, June 6 -
Friday, June 8.
Ocean Crust Processes and Consequences for Life
(Dark Energy Biosphere Institute (DEBI) Research Coordination Network
(RCN)). Theme: Processes in the ocean crust, from formation to
subduction, and consequences for ocean-crust exchange budgets and
subseafloor life. S Held at University of Bremen, Germany. FMI:
Wolfgang Bach firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 10 -
Thursday, July 12.
Geobiology 2012: An International Training Course in a
Rapidly Evolving Field (Applications due February 17.). In
this intense multidisciplinary summer course, explore the coevolution
of the Earth and its biosphere, with emphasis on how microbial
processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record.
Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological
techniques including molecular biology, bioinformatics, geochemistry,
petrology and sedimentology, and work in research groups to solve
relevant questions. The course will involve a field trip to the Great
Salt Lake and southern Wyoming. FMI: http://dornsife.usc.edu/geobio2012.
Sunday, July 8 - Friday,
14th International Working Meeting on Soil
Micromorphology. Held at l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans,
Barcelona, Spain. FMI: http://www.lleida2012.udl.cat/
Opportunities for Students
New course! Ed Brook and Julie
Pett-Ridge are offering a new class this winter on Global
Biogeochemical Cycles (cross-listed as CEOAS/CSS 699) TR, 1-2:50 in ALS
3006 for 3 credits. For more information, contact Julie
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 13, 2012.
University is again hosting a Research Experience for
funded by the National Science Foundation for 10 undergraduate
conduct cutting-edge research in a transitional cloud
forest in central Costa Rica. Specifically, the
REU site provides a unique international opportunity for students to
be immersed in the practice of active inquiry and research in soil
science and other topics. Deadline is January 31, 2012.
Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for
Undergraduates Program: During the summer of 2012, this
ten-week program gives chosen undergraduates hands-on nanoscience and
technology experience through research, with applications to
bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics,
optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. Application
deadline is February 8, 2012.
2012 Summer Internships at Idaho National Laboratory
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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