The first Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Summer School will be held 13-18 July 2014 at Big Sky Resort in Montana with fieldwork in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The purpose of the Summer School is to introduce 30 students, postdocs, and/or early-career researchers interested in deep carbon science to the interdisciplinary concepts which are the cornerstone of DCO’s approach to understanding Earth. Lodging and meals will be provided at no cost to summer school students, and expenses for economy travel to the school location will be fully reimbursed in most cases. (For guidance, transportation stipends are not to exceed: $1000 for travel in North America; $2000 for travel from Europe, South America, and Africa; $2500 for travel from Asia and Australia. Exceptions may be considered in special cases.) To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing research related to one of the DCO themes as a current graduate student or postdoc within three years of completing his/her PhD.
This five-day residential graduate course will begin at Big Sky Resort with an opening icebreaker and evening lecture on Sunday, 13 July, and will end on Friday afternoon, 18 July. Lectures, activities and meals will be provided at Big Sky Resort. There will be one or two free evenings with activities on other evenings. Ground transportation and lunches will be provided for field excursions into Yellowstone National Park to explore the volcano and collect field data for classroom use.
The course content is being built around demonstrating the active role of deep carbon in the natural field environment at Yellowstone. This stunning location provides access to deep carbon through degassing of deep volatiles at a volcano, through surface and crustal fluid interactions, through exploration of extreme biological habitats, and through the geological evolution of the Earth’s habitable surface above a deep mantle plume through time. The course will introduce the fundamental broad themes of the DCO and aims to bridge conventional science disciplines in exploring the new exciting deep carbon science—including how to share and use interdisciplinary data.
Participants will be encouraged to express and reevaluate their own science skills at the summer school, through planned daily activities and group interactions including seminars, presentations, mini-breakout sessions, and field data acquisition. Participants will also develop communication and outreach skills guided by expertise from a mixture of DCO experts and researchers.
Additional information about the school curriculum and instructors will be available by early 2014. Application forms are to be accompanied by a short CV (1-2 pages); two letters of reference; one page (500 words or less) describing the applicant’s interest in attending the summer school (please attach to the online form). Applications are due by Monday, 31 March 2014. Adrian Jones, University College London, and John Baross, University of Washington, are organizing the summer school.
The following criteria will be applied to all applicants:
- Geographic Location This workshop aims to increase worldwide scientific collaboration. Applicants from locations currently under-represented in the DCO will be treated favorably.
- Research Area and Community Balance We hope to attract participants whose combined interests represent the scope of the Deep Carbon Observatory, across the four key scientific communities (Extreme Physics and Chemistry, Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, and Deep Life). Applicants whose research interests might span multiple DCO communities may be considered favorably.
For more information, please contact Alia Awadallah, DCO Secretariat, Carnegie Institution of Washington.