April 2016 Newsletter

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April 2016
Deep Carbon Observatory
Gareloi volcano in the Western Aleutians
Gareloi volcano in the Western Aleutian Islands, Alaska, taken from the helicopter transporting 
DCO DECADE scientists Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico, USA) and
Taryn Lopez (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA) to the summit. Credit: Lopez/Fischer

Read more about Fischer and Lopez's work, and watch a video about their field campaign, here

News Features

Panorama Mass Spectrometer on the Cover of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry
When the Deep Carbon Observatory launched in 2009 it recognized the importance of investing early in new instrumentation vital to achieving its decadal goals. A key goal of the Deep Energy Community is to achieve a deeper understanding of methane formation temperatures and sources. DCO therefore co-sponsored the production of Panorama, the world’s largest gas-source multiple-collector mass spectrometer. Panorama was installed at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, in March 2015. Since its installation, the instrument has been extensively tested, and already contributed to high profile publications. An in-depth article covering the many capabilities of the instrument appears in the 25 April 2016 edition of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, and is featured on the journal’s cover. DCO’s Edward Young (UCLA and DCO Deep Energy co-Chair) and Douglas Rumble (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA) co-authored the article with instrument builders Philip Freedman and Mark Mills (Nu Instruments, UK). Read more...

New Analyses of Komatiites Shed Light on Formation and Earth’s Hydrated Mantle
Earth’s mantle is complex and dynamic, driving processes at the surface and influencing myriad aspects of our everyday lives such as plate tectonics and volcanism. Over the course of Earth’s history, the mantle has changed, with slow cooling resulting in an evolving mineral composition. Understanding how Earth’s mantle changed following planetary accretion is challenging, and relies on finding ancient samples of erupted lava to study. Komatiites represent such ancient samples, and scientists have studied specimens from Canada, South Africa, and Australia for decades. In a new paper published in the journal Nature, a team of scientists including DCO collaborator Alexander Sobolev (Université Grenoble Alpes, France) performed new analyses on Canadian komatiite samples. Their work answers important questions about komatiite formation and the composition of Earth's mantle over deep time. Read more...

Pressure-dependent Iron Isotope Fractionation and Light Elements in Earth's Core
Earth formed from accreted matter surrounding the young Sun. Over time, the iron in this early planetary material moved inward, separating from the surrounding silicate. This process created the planet’s iron core and silicate upper mantle. But, due to the technological impossibility of taking samples from Earth’s core to see which compounds exist there, understanding how this differentiation process occurred is challenging. Seismic data show that in addition to iron, there are “lighter” elements present in the core, but which elements and in what concentrations they exist is a matter of great debate. This is because as the iron moved inward toward the core it interacted with various lighter elements to form different alloyed compounds, which were then carried along with iron into the planet’s depths. Which elements iron bonded with during this time would have been determined by the surrounding conditions, including pressure and temperature. New work from a team led by DCO’s Anat Shahar (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA) and including DCO Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community Co-Chair Wendy Mao (Stanford University, USA) uses this iron record to look at how Earth's core formed, and what light element(s) might be trapped there. The work is published in the journal Science. Read more...

Magmatic Gases in German Mineral Water Reveal the Origin of Volatile Elements on Earth
Earth formed approximately 4.54 billion years ago. Since that time, our planet has continuously evolved, experiencing numerous events in its history including formation of the core, differentiation of the mantle into separated reservoirs, production of oceanic and continental crust, recycling of crust into the mantle, late additions of volatile elements by comets and/or asteroids, and the escape of the early atmosphere. Because of these many modifications, the origins of Earth's volatile elements (hydrogen (water), carbon, nitrogen, and the noble gases) remain enigmatic, and it is difficult to determine if they originated from the solar gas that remained after solar-system formation (the solar nebula) or from differentiated bodies, such as asteroids, which may have collided with a young Earth. In a study published in Nature, a team of researchers including DCO's Bernard Marty (CNRS and Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France) report the results of high-precision noble gas analyses of a CO2-rich mineral spring gas located in the recent volcanic province of Eifel, Germany. Read more...

Novel Measurements of Carbon Degassing at Arc Volcanoes
Volcanoes are a constant, natural source of carbon to Earth’s atmosphere. However, scientists remain uncertain of just how much volcanic carbon, mostly in the form of carbon dioxide gas, is released over time. Directly measuring the gases constituting volcanic plumes is challenging, both technologically and physically. Recent technological advances, including higher instrument sensitivity and more portable instrument size, help scientists more easily detect volcanic CO2 signals above the atmosphere’s background, but volcanic peaks remain inhospitable, remote, and often dangerous places to work. In September 2015, several DCO scientists took part in a US NSF sponsored GeoPRISMS expedition to the Aleutian Islands onboard the R/V Maritime Maid. DCO DECADE (Deep Carbon Degassing) scientists Taryn Lopez (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA) and Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico, USA) focused their work on the Western Aleutian volcanoes, and in a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters they report the results of their airborne measurements of carbon chemical and isotopic composition emitted from Kanaga volcano. Read more...

DCO Symposium in Yokohama 
DCO is hosting a Symposium at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center on Sunday, 26 June 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Members of the DCO Executive Committee will provide introductions to DCO's four science communities, followed by a series of invited speakers presenting recent exciting results from the Deep Life, Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, and Extreme Physics and Chemistry Communities. Symposium Organizing Committee: Eiji Ohtani (Tohoku University), Fumio Inagaki (JAMSTEC), Kagi Hiroyuki (University of Tokyo), and Yuji Sano (University of Tokyo). The Symposium opens with introductions by the Symposium Organizing Committee and DCO Executive Director Robert HazenMitchell Sogin and Isabelle Daniel will introduce DCO's Deep Life and Deep Energy communities respectively, followed by keynote speaker Ken Takai and invited speakers David Wang and Yohei SuzukiMarie Edmonds will introduce DCO's Reservoirs and Fluxes community followed by keynote speaker Hiroshi Shinohara and invited speakers Takanori KagoshimaTakeshi Ohba, and Junichiro Ishibashi. The final session of the day consists of an introduction to the Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community by Craig Manning, and related talks by keynote speaker Toshiaki Iitaka and invited speakers Koichi Mimura and Hiroaki Ohfuji. We conclude the Symposium with an opportunity for discussion with DCO Executive Committee members and closing comments from DCO Director Craig Schiffries. Whether you are local to the Yokohama area or are in town for Goldschmidt 2016, we welcome you to join us at the Symposium for a full day of DCO-related talks. The Symposium represents a great opportunity to learn more about the latest in deep carbon research and meet other interested scientists from around the world. Registration is required, but FREE. Please see the Symposium website for more details and/or contact jmays [at] ciw [dot] edu (Jennifer Mays) (DCO Secretariat) for information.

AGI Announces First Recipients of DCO Diversity Awards
DCO recently partnered with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) to engage and actively recruit geoscientists from traditionally underrepresented groups in the United States. Earlier this year, AGI put out a call for eligible geoscientists to apply for grants to facilitate a variety of activities and become more engaged with DCO. These grants will fund travel to national and international conferences, DCO-related workshops, conferences and events, lab or fieldwork to advance DCO-aligned research, or instrumentation time at DCO-affiliated facilities. The inaugural recipients are Celina Suarez (Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas), Marina Suarez (Assistant Professor, University of Texas San Antonio), Jeremy Williams (Assistant Professor, Kent State University), Yadira Ibarra (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University), John Paul Balmonte (PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), and Matthew Medina (PhD Candidate, University of Michigan). Read more...

DEEPER VIEW Enhancing Deep Carbon Science: Integrating Diverse Perspectives into Our Community
By Pat Leahy, Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute, and Craig Schiffries, Director of the Deep Carbon Observatory
The Deep Carbon Observatory is collaborating with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), a non-profit federation of over 50 geoscientific professional and scientific societies, in an effort to bolster the participation of geoscientists traditionally ethnically and racially underrepresented in the United States who are engaged in DCO research. According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are considered underrepresented include African American, Native American, Native Alaskan, Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander. These groups continue to be engaged in geoscience well below their representation in the U.S. general population. AGI’s Workforce Program is spearheading this initiative, which has had continuous diversity development efforts since 1972 to ensure the geosciences are tapping the best and brightest talent across the U.S., regardless of race or ethnicity. This exciting new endeavor is designed to engage the unique perspectives and expertise of those groups of scientists to contribute to DCO’s global scientific enterprise. Read more...

Carbon Mineral Challenge Update Spring 2016: Four New Minerals Found
In December 2015, when researchers boldly predicted that 145 carbon minerals remained undiscovered on Earth, they understood the challenges of finding them. As small as a grain of sand, as ephemeral as a volcanic eruption before a rainstorm, missing carbon minerals are often elusive. Such is the case of tinnunculite, one of four newly described carbon minerals. Read more...

DCO Early Career Scientist Research Topic in Frontiers in Earth Sciences
As a direct outcome of the 2015 DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop, which took place 31 August – 5 September at the University of the Azores, the open access journal Frontiers in Earth Sciences has accepted a proposal to host a special research topic titled “Early Career Scientist Contributions to the Deep Carbon Observatory” 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 both primary research papers and review articles. Abstract submission deadline: 1 May 2016. Read more...

Upcoming Events

International Diamond School 2016, Edmonton, Canada, 8-10 June 2016
Following the two very successful International Diamond Schools held at Padua, Italy, the DCO Diamonds and Mantle Geodynamics of Carbon Consortium will host a 3 day International Diamond School in 2016 on "Diamonds and their Cratonic Mantle Hosts" at the University of Alberta. Registration.

DCO Executive Committee Meeting, Yokohama, Japan, 25 June 2016

DCO Symposium in Yokohama, Japan, 26 June 2016
Speakers will present recent exciting results from the Deep Life, Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, and Extreme Physics and Chemistry Communities. We also take this opportunity to warmly welcome members of the Japanese geochemical, geophysical and geomicrobiological communities to join the DCO Science Network. Please register online by 21 June 2016. Registration is FREE. Attendees do not need to be registered for Goldschmidt 2016 to attend this symposium.

IODP "T-Limit" Project Workshop - Expedition 370: T-Limit of the Deep Biosphere off Muroto, Onboard the Chikyu at the Shimizu port, Shizuoka, Japan, 26 June 2016
The IODP "T-Limit" Project Workshop is a one-day event on 25 June 2016 to be held on the Japanese drilling vessel Chikyu. To better constrain the temperature limit of life in the deep biosphere, the International Ocean Discovery Program is preparing one of two expeditions with the Japanese drilling vessel Chikyu to revisit Ocean Drilling Program Site 1174 in the Nankai Trough subduction zone off Cape Muroto, Japan. In this workshop, we will discuss how to achieve some important scientific objectives regarding the limits of the deep biosphere during the upcoming IODP Expedition 370. Registration is FREE, but space is limited.

Goldschmidt 2016, Yokohama, Japan, 26 June - 1 July 2016
View DCO sessions of interest here. 

Chikyu Onboard School, Yokohama, Japan, 3-6 July 2016
This event includes tours of the cutting edge laboratories, equipment, and facilities aboard the scientific drilling vessel Chikyu, and lectures from leading scientists. The application window has now closed. 

Second DCO Summer School, Yellowstone National Park, USA, 23-28 July 2016 
DCO will hold its second Summer School in Yellowstone National Park from 23 - 28 July 2016. This Summer School will introduce approximately 35 students and early career researchers to the interdisciplinary concepts, which are the cornerstone of DCO’s approach to understanding Earth. The application window has now closed. 

4th Serpentine Days, Séte, France, 25-29 September 2016
Serpentine Days is an international workshop supported by the Societé Francaise de Minéralogie (French Mineralogical Society) focused on multidisciplinary research on serpentines and serpentinization. 

NSF Subduction Zone Observatory Workshop, Boise, Idaho, USA, 29 September - 1 October 2016
[NOTE: The workshop dates have been shifted to eliminate overlap with the final day of GSA's annual meeting.] The workshop seeks a broad range of applicants interested in discussing the scientific motivations for an interdisciplinary earth, ocean, and atmospheric research program focused around the scientific questions and societal hazards related to subduction zones. Application deadline: 1 June 2016

ICDP Training Course on Continental Scientific Drilling, Potsdam, Germany, 16-20 October 2016
This training course will touch upon all relevant aspects of continental scientific drilling, including project planning and management, pre-site surveys, drilling engineering, sample handling and storage, on-site studies, downhole logging, data management, and post-drilling measures. Application deadline: 15 June 2016

AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2016

Funding Opportunities

Call for Proposals: Census of Deep Life Sequencing Opportunities
Since 2011, the Deep Carbon Observatory’s Deep Life Community has sponsored the Census of Deep Life (CoDL) that has supported surveys of the diversity of microbes present in several deep continental and subseafloor environments. The first surveys (2011-2012) were conducted using 454 pyrosequencing and subsequently (2013) Illumina sequencing strategies were adopted. Through this initiative, the Deep Life Community has allowed the characterization of diversity of subsurface microbial communities at numerous sites worldwide including the subseafloor and deep continental locations from a range of geologic settings (e.g., large igneous provinces, subglacial lakes, methane hydrate-rich sediments, cratons). The Illumina platform provides increased numbers of reads for more samples at reduced cost. For DNA samples submitted to the CoDL for sequencing, proponents have the option of obtaining 400-450 nt bacterial sequences that span the V4V5 region of Bacterial and Archaeal rRNA coding regions or a greater number of reads for V6 regions that through complete overlap of forward and reverse reads allows detection of lower abundance taxa with reduced stochastic error rates. Shotgun metagenomic DNA sequencing for key samples can also be performed. This call for proposals aims to support sequencing that represents expanded analyses from ongoing Deep Life Community projects or projects that represent sites and investigators new to the DCO’s Deep Life Community. Deadline: 30 April 2016

DCO: Deep Life Cultivation Internship Program
The DCO Deep Life Community realizes that the majority of deep microbial life has been resistant to cultivation in the laboratory, which complicates the characterization of physiological characteristics of deep community members. However, recent studies using bioreactor-cultivation techniques, under high pressure and/or temperature, have resulted in successful enrichment of previously uncultivable archaeal and bacterial components that mediate biogeochemical carbon cycling in deep subsurface. In order to maintain and strengthen cultivation strategies in future deep life missions, the Deep Life Community will support early career researchers to visit some key laboratories (Inagaki - Kochi, Japan, Bartlett - La Jolla, USA, and others) to learn and practice newly developed cultivation and cultivation-dependent molecular/biogeochemical techniques using samples from the Deep Life Community’s field missions. Financial support includes $5,400 per person for travel and lodging costs and host lab research supply reimbursement. Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief one page statement of their cultivation plans, and a letter of support from their intended host to inagaki [at] jamstec [dot] go [dot] jp (Fumio Inagaki) and dbartlett [at] ucsd [dot] edu (Douglas Bartlett).

DCO Diversity Grants
In January 2015, the Deep Carbon Observatory began collaborating with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) to increase the participation and retention of United States citizens and permanent residents who are geoscientists from underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, Filipino, and Pacific Islander) in DCO. AGI is offering eligible geoscience researchers support for attending national and international conferences to present DCO-related research, travel funds for attending DCO-related workshops, conferences, and events, funds for lab or fieldwork that advances DCO-aligned research, or instrumentation time at DCO-affiliated facilities. Awards are flexible in nature, and a diverse range of proposals is welcome. Applicants must join the DCO Science Network to be eligible. These awards are intended for geoscientists not already engaged in the DCO Science Network to foster collaborations with existing DCO researchers. More information about the grants is available here. Application deadline: 6 June 2016

US NSF GeoPRISMS Program Solicitation
The GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, Earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the decade 2011-2020, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 4) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies. Deadline: 26 July 2016

New Publications

View more papers in the DCO publications browser

A large-radius high-mass-resolution multiple-collector isotope ratio mass spectrometer for analysis of rare isotopologes of O2, N2, CH4 and other gases
Edward D Young, Douglas Rumble III, Philip Freedman, Mark Mills
International Journal of Mass Spectrometry doi: 10.1016/j.ijms.2016.01.006

Komatiites reveal a hydrous Archaean deep-mantle reservoir
Alexander V. Sobolev, Evgeny V. Asafov, Andrey A. Gurenko, Nicholas T. Arndt, Valentina G. Batanova, Maxim V. Portnyagin, Dieter Garbe-Schönberg, and Stepan P. Krasheninnikov
Nature doi:10.1038/nature17152

Pressure-dependent isotopic composition of iron alloys
Anat Shahar, Edwin A. Schauble, Razvan Caracas, Arianna E. Gleason, Mary M. Reagan, Yuming Xiao, Jinfu Shu, Wendy Mao
Science doi: 10.1126/science.aad9945

Chondritic xenon in the Earth's mantle
Antonio Caracausi, Guillaume Avice, Peter G. Burnard, Evelyn Füri, and Bernard Marty
Nature doi:10.1038/nature17434

First airborne samples of a volcanic plume for δ13C of CO2 determinations
Tobias P. Fischer and Taryn M. Lopez
Geophysical Research Letters doi:10.1002/2016GL068499

Honors and Awards

Terry Plank Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

AGI Announces First Recipients of DCO Diversity Awards

Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellow in Geodynamics: UC Davis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
We seek a postdoctoral scholar to carry out research on the geodynamic cycling of volatiles through the Earth’s deep interior, focusing on the role of deep Earth processes in the global carbon cycle. The postdoctoral scholar will engage in developing numerical and mathematical models of carbon pathways in the deep Earth through coupled geochemical reservoir and geodynamics models that explore key processes and incorporate diverse observational constraints. The postdoc will participate in developing visualizations of global carbon pathways and will have opportunities to participate in outreach to the larger deep carbon research community. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers in geodynamics and geochemistry at UC Davis led by Professors Louise Kellogg and Sujoy Mukhopadhyay. Application deadline: 30 April 2016

USGS Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunity in Volcano Remote Sensing
A postdoctoral opportunity through the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program: Bridging the Gaps in Volcano Remote Sensing: Measuring, Monitoring, and Relating Surface Changes and Emissions. The focus of the position is to combine and jointly interpret multiple remote sensing data sets for a more holistic understanding of volcanic processes (e.g., ground deformation, gas and aerosol emissions, and thermal emissions), which may improve our ability to monitor and forecast eruptive episodes and hazards. The successful candidate will be encouraged to bring together investigations of these related processes using remote sensing observations that span the spectrum of ultraviolet, visible, near infrared, short wave infrared, thermal infrared, and radar, to understand the causal links between these related, but often independently observed and studied, volcanic processes. The position will be based in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA with opportunities to travel to other offices and volcano observatories to interact and collaborate with other co-advisors. Application deadline: 2 May 2016

BP Foundation McKenzie Professorship of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK 
The Board of Electors to the BP Foundation McKenzie Professorship Earth Sciences invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work is connected with quantitative physical Earth Sciences to take up an appointment in October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in quantitative physical Earth Sciences, especially in the broad areas of geophysics, geodynamics, or tectonics and the vision, leadership, experience, and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. They will hold a Ph.D. or equivalent postgraduate qualification. Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae, and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made online. Application deadline: 2 May 2016

Misasa Summer Intern Program 2016, Okayama University, Japan
The annual Misasa International Student Intern Program for advanced undergraduate (3rd to 4th year) and 1st year master’s students, first initiated in 2005, is designed to promote international collaborative research and education. During the intern program, each student will work on an active Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI) research project under the supervision of ISEI faculty members and their research groups. Successful applicants will participate in one of four intern projects. The goal of the program is for participants to become acquainted with research activities and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the ISEI, and to gain first-hand scientific research experience. At the conclusion of the program, an intern symposium will be held for each participant to give an oral presentation of his/her intern research in English. Application deadline: 9 May 2016

IODP at Texas A&M, USA: Assistant Research Scientist
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) at Texas A&M University invites applications for an Assistant Research Scientist (Expedition Project Manager/Staff Scientist) in the Science Operations section. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in petrology, inorganic (fluid) geochemistry, downhole logging, petrophysics, and sedimentology. However, applicants in any field of geoscience pertinent to IODP will be considered. A Ph.D. in geosciences or related field, and demonstrated on-going research experience is required. Experience as a seagoing scientist, especially in scientific ocean drilling, is preferred. This position will serve as the Expedition Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of precruise expedition planning, sea-going implementation, and post-cruise activities. These duties include sailing as the IODP scientific representative on a two-month IODP expedition approximately once every 1 to 2 years. Individual scientific research, as well as collaboration with colleagues at Texas A&M University in fulfilling its educational mission, is required. This position will also provide scientific advice on laboratory developments in their area of specialization including scientific implementation of downhole logging on the JOIDES Resolution. Application review will begin 16 May 2016, but application consideration will continue until candidates are selected for interviews.

FY2017 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) Postdoctoral Fellow Program
JAMSTEC wants to help talented young researchers who have completed promising Ph.D. theses to develop their scientific excellence in the fields of Ocean and Earth Sciences. For this purpose, JAMSTEC has established an international postdoctoral fellowship program. It is intended that research grants will be provided to successful applicants which will facilitate smooth start-up of his/her research in JAMSTEC (¥1,000,000 for the first fiscal year and ¥500,000 for each of the second and third years). Successful applicants to this program are expected to conduct scientific work independently on research topics of their own proposing or to proceed with research in collaboration with JAMSTEC staff. The successful applicant will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC during the contract period. A mentor will be designated to each JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow, who will facilitate his/her research activities and evaluate research progress each year. During the fellowship period, the administration section of JAMSTEC will provide support regarding personal issues (e.g., preparing immigration documents, finding an apartment, etc.). Application deadline: 25 May 2016 

Faculty Positions in Geosciences and in Environmental Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, USA
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for multiple tenure-track or tenured faculty positions. The positions can be filled at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, starting as early as Fall 2016. The successful candidates are expected to develop internationally recognized and externally funded research programs, to help develop and participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and to supervise graduate student research. In the case of an appointment with tenure, the candidate must already be internationally recognized and have a demonstrated record of external research funding. A Ph.D. is required in the Earth Sciences or a related natural sciences discipline; post-doctoral experience is desirable. Applicants are sought for two focus areas: 1. Geosciences including low-temperature geochemistry and studies of the early Earth, cosmochemistry, geophysics and geodynamics, volcanology and igneous petrology. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research has synergies with our recent hires with expertise in sedimentary, metamorphic and tectonic processes, planetary geology, and planetary atmospheres. 2. Environmental Sciences including: natural resources (including water, metals, soils, and energy), ecology, critical zone science, marine sciences, cryospheric sciences, geomorphology, landscape hydrology, environmental change, air pollution, and, biogeochemistry. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research has synergies with our program in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability.
Application deadline: 30 June 2016

DCO in the News

Read more DCO News here 

May 2016: The Carbon Mineral Challenge: Can you Discover a New Carbon Mineral?
Steve Voynick for Rock and Gem Magazine (Vol. 46 No. 5)
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Spring 2016: Earth's Last Frontier: The deep sea, the origin of life, and astrobiology
Donato Giovannelli for The Program in Interdisciplinary Studies Spring Letter
It should come as no surprise that our planet was nicknamed “the pale blue dot” in the wake of the 1990s iconic photograph taken by Voyager. Approximately 68 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water—that is, two-thirds of our galactic home is oceans and seas...

28 April 2016: Geochemical detectives use lab mimicry to look back in time
New work from a research team led by Carnegie's Anat Shahar contains some unexpected findings about iron chemistry under high-pressure conditions, such as those likely found in the Earth's core, where iron predominates and creates our planet's life-shielding magnetic field...

26 April 2016: Earthly Xenon’s Asteroid Origins Reveal Planet’s Genesis
Anthony King for Chemistry World
Xenon from deep within Earth’s mantle has shone a light on the planet’s formation and early evolution. The isotopic signature of this earthly xenon has been shown to resemble that of primitive meteorites and differs markedly from the profile of the gas found in the atmosphere, which is mysteriously missing most of its xenon...

25 April 2016: Scientists Inch Closer to Predicting Phreatic Volcanic Eruptions
Recently, researchers at the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), led by Maarten de Moor from the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica, along with University of New Mexico Professor Tobias Fischer, Department of Planetary Sciences and chair of the Deep Earth Carbon Degassing initiative, measured gas emissions from crater lake at Poás volcano in Costa Rica, in an attempt to determine some of the precursors to major volcanic eruptions...

23 April 2016: Predicting Volcano Eruptions in Costa Rica
The Costa Rica Star
Throughout the centuries, volcanic eruptions have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives due in part to the lack of accurate signs indicating imminent eruptions. One type of a volcanic eruption, a phreatic eruption, which involves external water, is particularly energetic causing a disproportionate number of fatalities...

8 April 2016: The Science Behind Your Diamond Ring (And Why It's Not Forever!)
Sami Mikhail for Refinery 29
In terms of gemstone celebrity status, diamond is on the A-list and boasts an almost unrivalled prestige in the gemstone-world. Not surprisingly, some of the most famous (and infamous) gems in Royal attire are diamond....

Learn more about DCO's Scientific Communities


Deep Life

The Deep Life Community is dedicated to assessing the nature and extent of the deep microbial and viral biosphere by exploring the evolutionary and functional diversity of Earth’s deep biosphere and its interaction with the carbon cycle.

Deep Energy

The Deep Energy Community is dedicated to developing a fundamental understanding of environments and processes that regulate the volume and rates of production of abiogenic hydrocarbons and other organic species in the crust and mantle through geological time.

Extreme Physics and Chemistry

The Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community is dedicated to improving our understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of carbon at extreme conditions, as found in the deep interiors of Earth and other planets.

Reservoirs and Fluxes

The Reservoirs and Fluxes Community is dedicated to identifying the principal deep carbon reservoirs, to determining the mechanisms and rates by which carbon moves among these reservoirs, and to assessing the total carbon budget of Earth.


The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a global community of multi-disciplinary scientists unlocking the inner secrets of Earth through investigations into life, energy, and the fundamentally unique chemistry of carbon.

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