Second DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop

The Deep Carbon Observatory is hosting its second Early Career Scientist Workshop at the Centro De Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, University of the Azores.

The Deep Carbon Observatory is hosting its second Early Career Scientist Workshop at the Centro De Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, University of the Azores, São Miguel, 31 August-5 September 2015. This workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers active in deep carbon studies from around the world. Building on the success of the first DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop in Costa Rica in February 2014, this relatively small workshop (~40 scientists) of early career researchers will continue to foster collaboration and community within the growing DCO Science Network.

The workshop is funded by the Deep Carbon Observatory, and aims to support financially as many participants as possible. There is no registration fee for this workshop (accommodation and meals will be provided), and successful applicants will be eligible for up to 100% reimbursement of travel costs. Applications are encouraged from senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, and newly appointed assistant professors, with preference given to those who meet the following criteria:

Organizing Committee

Donato Giovannelli
Rutgers University, USA Deep Life

Fátima Viveiros
University of the Azores, Portugal Reservoirs and Fluxes

Alysia Cox
Arizona State University, USA Deep Energy

Cody Sheik
University of Michigan, USA Deep Life

Dan Hummer 
UCLA, USA Extreme Physics and Chemistry

Dana Thomas
Stanford University, USA Reservoirs and Fluxes

Katie Pratt
University of Rhode Island, USA DCO Engagement Team

Geographic location

This workshop seeks to increase collaboration with scientific communities from around the world. Applicants from currently under-represented locations will be treated favorably. 

Research Interests

We aim to have representative early career scientists from across the scientific scope of the Deep Carbon Observatory, with a balance of research interests from across the four key scientific communities (Extreme Physics and Chemistry, Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, and Deep Life).

Cross-community relevance

Applications from early career scientists active in deep carbon studies that span the goals of multiple DCO scientific communities, or who are proposing to initiate such research programs, will be treated favorably.


Preference will be given to those applicants who can attend the entirety of the conference.

Application Information

The application window is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-May. All successful applicants are required to present a talk and a poster at the workshop (talks should be aimed at a multi-disciplinary, non-specialist audience, with technical information displayed on posters). Please address any application queries to Katie Pratt


This five-day workshop will incorporate short scientific talks from all attendees. Given the scope of the Deep Carbon Observatory, these talks will be necessarily general. However, to facilitate high-level conversations between potential collaborators, posters from all participants will be displayed throughout the duration of the workshop. Successful applicants are therefore advised to consider this division of overarching scientific goals and detailed technical explanations as they prepare for the workshop. Along with ice-breaking social activities, there will also be programmatic talks and breakout sessions that will focus on other features of the DCO community. A full agenda will be made available in the coming weeks.

There will also be two day-long field trips to fumarolic fields near Furnas Volcano. Located in the biggest island of the Azores archipelago, Furnas Volcano is the easternmost active central volcano of São Miguel Island. Geomorphologically, Furnas Volcano comprises an impressive summit depression 5 x 8 km wide, formed by two nested calderas controlled by NW-SE and NE-SW faults. Furnas Volcano activity has been characterized by several eruptive styles, ranging from mid-effusive activity to the caldera-forming explosive events. Ten intracaldera explosive trachytic eruptions occurred in this volcano in the last 5000 years, two of which ocurred in historic times (1439-43; 1630). At present, secondary manifestations of volcanism comprise four low temperature fumarolic fields (95 to 100 ºC), and several thermal and cold CO2-rich springs. Since the early nineties, various soil CO2 diffuse degassing areas have also been recognized in the volcano area, mostly of them located inside the caldera where Furnas village is located. Recent work estimated that about 1200 t/d of CO2 are released from this volcanic system to the atmosphere, most with a volcanic origin. There may be opportunity for active fieldwork on these trips, which will be led by organizing committee member Fátima Viveiros (CVARG University of the Azores). 






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