26 April, 2012 I joined the DCO initiative in February 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow. I am currently splitting my time between the Smithsonian Institution and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, supervised by Elizabeth Cottrell (SI) and Erik Hauri (CIW). I am investigating the flux of deep carbon delivered to the Earth's surface through magmatism at mid-ocean ridges. This project will initiate a carbon inventory of mid-oceanic ridge basalts by analyzing samples from the Smithsonian’s Sea Floor Glass...
14 February, 2012 Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Synthetic Diamond Opens Windows Into the Deep Earth
"As a result of its singular strength and exceptional transparency, diamond plays a unique role in laboratory studies of materials under extreme pressures and temperatures.
Historically, the quality and size of the diamond used has been limited to that available from nature. However, researchers can now synthesize various types of diamonds in the laboratory that are harder, tougher, and larger than those...
12 February, 2012 The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Secretariat hosted the International Science Advisory Committee Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting at the Carnegie Institution's Broad Branch Road Campus in Washington, DC during the 7-10 February 2012. More than 85 scientists from nine countries participated in the meeting, bringing together for the first time all members of the Scientific Steering Committees of the four DCO Directorates (Deep Energy, Deep Life, Physics and Chemistry of Carbon, and...
12 January, 2012
Carbon in Earth's Interior: Storage, Cycling, and Life
Knowledge of the deep interior, which may contain more than 90% of Earth's carbon, is limited. As a result, little is known about how deep carbon reservoirs form, evolve, and reach the surface. Further, scientists know little of the nature and extent of deep microbial ecosystems, which by some estimates rival the total surface biomass.
Fig. 1. Many questions remain about the cycling, behavior, and storage of Earth’s deep carbon,...
12 March, 2011
On March 22, 2011, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation approved the funding for the $1.5 million Reservoirs & Fluxes Directorate proposal titled "Earth's Deep Carbon Cycle I - From Surface to Depth and Back Again.” The proposal presents an interactive mixture of seven projects (with PIs from USA, Australia, UK, and France), which will help shape a new understanding of deep carbon fluxes. These projects combine high-pressure, high-temperature experiments with cutting-edge analytical methods,...
2 July, 2010 ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION FUNDING: UPDATE (JULY 2, 2010)
On June 23rd, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (DCO's Founding Sponsor) approved significant funding to be awarded to the DCO for instruments related to deep carbon science.
Highlights of the awards include $800,00 to UCLA for a high-resolution tandem mass spectrometer, $300,000 to the University of Southern California for an in-situ tool for the search for life in the deep biosphere, $215,000 to the University of New Mexico...
24 October, 2009 In November 2009, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will initiate funding to College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole to begin a project entitled “Exploring Diversity and Distribution of Deep Life”.
The project objective is to characterize diversity of deep life in continental and marine environments using deep DNA sequencing technology. The project will develop profiles of microbial communities from existing...