Deep Carbon Science Gordon Research Conference

2018-06-17 - 08:00 - 2018-06-22
Smithfield, RI, USA

Deep Carbon Science in the Context of Geologic Time

17-22 June 2018


Chairs: Craig Manning and Isabelle Daniel

Vice Chairs: Edward D. Young and Kai-Uwe Hinrichs

Contact Chairs

Location: Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI, US

Venue and Travel Information


Applications for this meeting must be submitted by 20 May 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the conference chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

The meeting will cover deep carbon science in the context of time. We will spotlight the evolution of deep carbon in Earth’s biological and nonbiological reservoirs over 4.6 billion years. Oral sessions and discussions will focus on how carbon is incorporated into a growing planet, what fraction is sequestered in the interior and what fraction returned to space, and how early planetary processes mediate these transfers. After focusing on planetary assembly, we will turn to the evolution of carbon reservoirs in the first 800 million years of Earth history (the Hadean). We will then explore early deep life, the population of terrestrial niches, the challenges that were overcome, and the feedbacks and interactions between the geosphere and the biosphere. The final phase of the conference will address the carbon cycle and how it has evolved through time. A goal of the conference is to engage a diverse and interdisciplinary group of Earth scientists, planetary scientists, and geobiologists.

The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available on the conference website by 15 November 2017.

  • Carbon and Planet Assembly
  • Early Earth Evolution
  • Volatiles in the Hadean
  • Populating the Deep Biosphere
  • Early Deep Life
  • Biosphere Feedbacks Through Time
  • Deep Carbon Reservoirs Through Time
  • The Geologic History of Carbon Subduction and Outgassing
  • Evolution of the Deep Carbon Cycle

Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants through the GRC Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program. This program provides a grant to underrepresented minority graduate students, postdocs, faculty and scientists to help fund their attendance at their first GRC meeting. Learn more.

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