As a direct outcome of the 2015 DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop, which took place from 31 August – 5 September at the University of the Azores, the open access journal Frontiers in Earth Sciences accepted a proposal to host a special research topic titled “Early Career Scientist Contributions to the Deep Carbon Observatory.”
The first article of the research topic appeared online in November 2016, co-authored by DCO Early Career Scientist and Executive Committee member Vincenzo Stagno (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy). The paper, titled “Evaluating the Role of Seagrass in Cenozoic CO2 Variations,” highlights the importance of integrating carbon cycle research across a variety of research disciplines. The authors suggest seagrass as an important sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide . This coastal marine plant fixes carbon itself, but also hosts carbonate produced by calcareous organisms living as epiphytes on the seagrass leaves. Using GPlates software the authors were able to reconstruct the coastline and quantify seagrass extent, with implications for CO2 production and atmospheric carbon sequestration over the last 65 million years.
The Research Topic, hosted by the Geochemistry section of Frontiers in Earth Sciences, will continue featuring papers co-authored by the participants of both DCO Early Career Scientist Workshops (2014 in Costa Rica and 2015 in the Azores) and both DCO Summer Schools (2014 and 2016 in Yellowstone National Park).
The topic is guest edited by DCO Early Career Scientists Donato Giovannelli (Rutgers University, USA/Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), Alysia Cox (Montana Tech of the University of Montana, USA), Cody Sheik (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA), and Benjamin Black (City College of New York, USA).
Early career scientists from all four of DCO’s scientific communities (Deep Life, Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, and Extreme Physics and Chemistry) are welcome to submit manuscripts for consideration. The research topic will include both primary research papers and review articles. Any questions about submitting to the Research Topic should be addressed to Donato Giovannelli.
Interested authors have until 15 January 2017 to submit articles to this special research topic.