June 2017 Newsletter

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June 2017
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Deep Carbon Observatory
Earth in Five Reactions

A new analysis of comet ice and dust collected by Rosetta, a spacecraft launched by the European Space Agency, finds that comets made a significant contribution to Earth’s atmosphere. The research, conducted by DCO's Bernard Marty and colleagues, was published this month in Science. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; Comet image: ESA/Rosetta/Navcam. Read more...

Letter from the Director

Congratulations to DCO’s Craig Manning (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) and Bernard Marty (Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques, France), who are this year’s recipients of AGU’s Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture. Manning is chair of the DCO Executive Committee and DCO’s Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community. Marty served as the inaugural co-chair of DCO’s Reservoirs and Fluxes Community, and his research indicating that comets made significant contributions to early Earth is featured in the June issue of the DCO newsletter. Manning and Marty will present their Bowen lectures at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in a session convened by Anat Shahar (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA) and Marie Edmonds (University of Cambridge, UK). Shahar serves on DCO Task Force 2020 and Edmonds is chair of DCO Synthesis Group 2019 and co-chair of DCO’s Reservoirs and Fluxes Community. It is fitting that an award named in honor of Bowen – who is widely known for his highly influential book, Evolution of Igneous Rocks (1928) – will be presented to DCO leaders who are conducting pioneering research on the “evolution of carbon in Earth.”  Bowen’s reaction series, which remains widely used today, provides inspiration for a DCO synthesis project, Earth in Five Reactions. Coming full circle, Bowen spent most of his career at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science, which hosts the Secretariat of the Deep Carbon Observatory. 

Congratulations also are in order to DCO’s Alberto Striolo and Adrian Jones (University College London, UK) for their €10 million grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program to support Science 4 Clean Energy (S4CE), a multidisciplinary consortium involving more than 20 organizations in Europe. S4CE will build on existing international collaborations to integrate innovative technologies, including instrumentation developed by DCO. Other DCO scientists involved in the project include Isabelle Daniel (Université Claude Bernard Lyon1, France), Bénédicte Ménez (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France), David Cole (The Ohio State University, USA), and Edward Young (University of California, Los Angeles, USA). We look forward to providing additional information about S4CE after the new consortium holds its initial organizational meeting.  

Last but not least, we are grateful to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for its generous support to the Deep Carbon Observatory. We are delighted that DCO's Deep Energy Community and Reservoirs and Fluxes Community have received grants that support their extraordinary research for the next two years.

In light of a plethora of recent DCO publications, honors, and grants, I have great confidence in a bright future for deep carbon science. 

Craig Schiffries, DCO Director
Carnegie Institution for Science, Geophysical Laboratory
Washington DC, USA

News Features

See your work featured on the DCO website and in the newsletter by contacting Katie Pratt of the DCO Engagement Team. 

Comets Made Significant Contributions to Early Earth
When early Earth was in the final stages of formation from solar system debris, comets likely crashed into the planet, potentially bringing along water, nitrogen, trace gases, and even organic carbon. These contributions may have been instrumental in setting the stage for life to evolve on Earth, but the extent and nature of these cometary materials have long been a source of debate. A new analysis of comet ice and dust collected by Rosetta, a spacecraft launched by the European Space Agency, finds that comets made a significant contribution to Earth’s atmosphere. Bernard Marty (Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques, France), a member of the DCO Reservoirs and Fluxes Community and Scientific Steering Committee, in collaboration with 29 other researchers from six countries, made a detailed analysis of the trace gas xenon in the cloud surrounding the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, sampled by Rosetta. In a new paper in the journal Science, the group reports that based on the characteristics detected in 67P’s xenon, they estimate that about 22% of xenon in Earth’s atmosphere came from comets. Considering that comets are also rich in organic carbon, these findings suggest they may have carried substantial amounts of carbon and other volatile compounds to early Earth. Read more...

New Tool for Tracking Bathyarchaeota in Marine Sediments
The Bathyarchaeota are a widespread and abundant group of Archaea commonly found in marine sediments. Researchers suspect that they play an important role in carbon cycling, but the details of their activities have thus far remained elusive. Scientists cannot, as yet, culture Bathyarchaeota in the lab, and their incredibly small size makes them difficult to visualize under the microscope. In a new paper in Environmental Microbiology Reports, Fengping Wang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) and colleagues report an improved method for detecting and quantifying Bathyarchaeota in the environment. They demonstrated that their method detects a wider variety of Bathyarchaeota subgroups than previously possible and that it can help uncover relationships between abundance and environmental conditions. Wang is a member of the Deep Life Community and Scientific Steering Committee. This work is part of a DCO-supported pilot project to understand the Archaea playing significant roles in carbon cycling in marine sediments. Read more...

A New Source of Hydrocarbons in the Deep Carbon Cycle
Acetate is a simple two-carbon molecule found almost everywhere in the surface environment. It can be found dissolved in oceans, lakes, and oil field brines, and is part of numerous biochemical reactions in cells; fermentative bacteria especially excrete acetate in the form of vinegar. Due to its ubiquity on the surface, acetate could end up in the deep subsurface through subduction, a process where at the boundaries of tectonic plates, one edge sinks beneath the other into the mantle. New research suggests that acetate also may play an important role in the deep carbon cycle by contributing to the formation of hydrocarbons. A new study finds that acetate dissolved in water can transform into the four-carbon hydrocarbon isobutane at the high temperatures and pressures of subduction zones. Isobutane does not mix well with water, and instead forms an oily liquid that might migrate independently in the subduction zone environment. The discovery represents a novel source of deep hydrocarbons and a new way for carbon to move through the subsurface. New experimental results in this study are by Fang Huang and Dimitri Sverjensky (Johns Hopkins University, USA) and Chair of the Deep Energy Community, Isabelle Daniel, with her lab members Hervé Cardon and Gilles Montagnac (all at Université de Lyon, France). The researchers report their findings in a new paper in Nature Communications. Read more...

Researchers Illuminate How Ice Melts, One Nanosecond at a Time
Ice crystals melt into water within glaciers, on icy roads, and in cold drinks, but scientists know little about the fine details of this process. Now, researchers affiliated with the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) have developed technology for monitoring thawing ice from one nanosecond after melting begins. The work will enable the researchers to study the formation of natural gas hydrates, ice-methane compounds, which form deposits on the sea floor. DCO Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community members Margherita Citroni, Roberto Bini (both at Università di Firenze, Italy), Samuele Fanetti (LENS, Italy), and colleagues, developed ultra-fast laser spectroscopy techniques to superheat an ice crystal under pressure and then detect the melting process at high temporal resolution. The study is the first to monitor melting and crystal formation at a time scale of nanoseconds to milliseconds. The researchers report their findings in a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more...

Sample Registration Made Easy
Imagine the possibilities if all physical samples collected in the Earth Sciences were registered in a global online catalog that is connected to the scientific literature: With one click of your mouse you could find all the publications that mention a specific sample. With a catalog like this, you could search for and easily find all the physical samples you might need to answer a pressing research question and find other samples with similar properties - with supporting geospatial, temporal, and compositional data - and figure out where each sample is stored. And, picture having all the data for each sample available and in a standard, electronic format. “Sample registration has become so easy that physical samples really can be made accessible to others researchers without much effort,” says Reservoirs and Fluxes Scientific Steering Committee member Kerstin Lehnert, (Columbia University, USA), who has built and operated the System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR) with funding from the National Science Foundation. SESAR Data Curator Megan Carter has recently created a series of videos, explaining exactly how to register physical samples. Read more...

Deep Carbon Science at the 2017 Goldschmidt Conference
A large contingent of DCO researchers will participate in Goldschmidt 2017 from 13–18 August 2017 in Paris, France. Use this day-by-day guide to find DCO talks and posters taking place at the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. To add additional items to this listing, please contact the DCO Engagement Team. Read more...

AGU 2017 Fall Meeting Sessions of Interest to the DCO Community
The 2017 AGU Fall Meeting will take place in New Orleans, USA from 11-15 December 2017. The abstract submission window is now open, and there are a variety of sessions of interest to the DCO Community. A list of these sessions is available on the DCO website. To add additional sessions to this listing, please contact the DCO Engagement Team. Abstract submission deadline: 2 August 2017 Read more...

Help Choose the Five Most Important Carbon-Related Reactions, Earn a Chance to Participate in a DCO Workshop
Ever wonder what the most important reaction on Earth might be? Well, now you have a chance to render an opinion and enter into the debate by clicking here. Twenty-five respondents who answer a more detailed part of the survey (part two) will have an opportunity to participate in an "Earth in Five Reactions" workshop in Washington, DC, in March 2018. Workshop participants will use the survey responses to arrive at a consensus, and develop a plan for sharing key advances in deep carbon science with the scientific community and broader audiences using the framework of the top five reactions. Following the workshop, a special issue will highlight the scientific products, in addition to multi-media educational resources. Read more...

DCO Webinar Wednesdays: Explore Data Science, Modeling, and Visualization
A new series of DCO webinars focusing on big data, and modeling and visualization launched Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Called “DCO Webinar Wednesdays,” this webinar series builds on the successful workshop program at the Third DCO International Science Meeting and takes place monthly over the summer. We hope you join in to learn from DCO experts in data science, modeling, and data visualization, who will guide you through a series of available modeling tools and software packages that you can integrate into your research now. Synthesis Group 2019 and the DCO Engagement Team are hosting this series. The next webinar (Studying Deep Earth Reactive Transport Using ENKI: A Modeling Primer with Mark Ghiorso (OFM Research Inc, USA) and Dimitri Sverjensky (Johns Hopkins University, USA)) will take place on 26 July 2017 at 2pm EDT. Read more...

Outlining Future Science Goals For Deep Carbon Research
The recently completed global survey of DCO members shows vividly that the international deep carbon science community is keen to continue furthering our understanding of the deep Earth carbon cycle. Task Force 2020 (TF2020) is charged with identifying and proposing initiatives, scientific programs, and structures for supporting the community in the next decade. As part of its assessment and planning process, TF2020 recently convened two international workshops. The first, held at the University of Florence, Italy, from 19-20 April 2017, dealt with the continuity of DCO databases, instrumentation, research consortia, and resources. The second focused on the large-scale dynamics of our planet and its impact on environmental and biological evolution. The Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Moscow, Russia, hosted this second workshop, which took place over three days from 24-26 May 2017. Read more...

Summer Challenge: Make Wikipedia Science Friendly
In case you are longing for a summer vacation but don’t have one planned, we are offering up a way for you to visit exotic places via Wikipedia. We discovered that many far-flung, hard to get to, and rarely explored places are woefully lacking good descriptions on Wikipedia. We invite you to beef up these pages by adding your expertise, experience, and scientific know how and help advance DCO’s presence on Wikipedia, the seventh most visited website on the Internet. Read more...

APPLY NOW: Fourth International Diamond School
This school will provide a general overview of the recent advances in diamond research, combining geology, exploration, and gemology of diamond, including theoretical lectures and practical sessions focused on microscope observations of a complete inclusion-bearing diamond collection and micro-Raman spectroscopy analyses. Masters students, PhD students, and senior researchers of any research fields are welcome to apply to the school, which will take place at the Università di Padova, Bressanone-Brixen (Bolzano-Bozen, Italy) from 29 January - 2 February 2018. Read more...

Upcoming Events

DCO Webinar Wednesday: Studying Deep Earth Reactive Transport Using ENKI: A Modeling Primer. 2PM EDT 26 July 2017
In the third webinar in the series, DCO Modelers Mark Ghiorso (OFM Research Inc, USA) and Dimitri Sverjensky (Johns Hopkins University, USA) will show you how to use Enabling Knowledge Integration (ENKI) tools for modeling deep Earth fluids, chemical reactions, and transport. 

Goldschmidt 2017, Paris, France, 13-18 August 2017
Goldschmidt, the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, will be held in Paris in 2017. View DCO participation.

IAVCEI 2017 Scientific Assembly, Portland, Oregon, USA, 14-18 August 2017
This conference will cover planetary volcanology and chemistry of Earth's interior and eruption dynamics, including a practical understanding of the environmental and social impacts of eruptions. 

Third DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop, Etna, Italy, 28 August-2 September 2017
This workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers from around the world, who are active in deep carbon studies. 

Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) Community Workshop, La Jolla, California, USA 11-13 September 2017
Participants in this workshop will work across the disciplines of biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography to address some of the leading, multidisciplinary science questions in the Indian Ocean basin. Registration now open.

DCO Webinar Wednesday: A Blueprint for Creating a Box Model, 2PM EDT, 13 September 2017
In the fourth webinar in the series, DCO Modeling and Visualization expert Louise Kellogg (University of California, Davis, USA) and colleagues will present a blueprint and virtual “construction manual” for integrating different types of data into a box model.

DCO Webinar Wednesday: Data, Modeling, and Visualization: Ask the Experts! 2PM EDT, 11 October 2017
In the final webinar of this series, join us for a structured discussion and ask questions of any of the presenters in the series. 

PhD School, Como, Italy, 15-20 October 2017
The aim of the school is to present state of the art of research on the forms, paths, and processes of carbon in Earth in order to address the long-term fate of carbon on the planet. 

Third International Training School on Convective and Volcanic Clouds Detection, Monitoring, and Modeling, Tarquinia, Italy, 18-25 October 2017
The purpose of this school is to train students in techniques for detecting, monitoring, and modeling convective and volcanic clouds. Application deadline: 31 August 2017

2017 GSA Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA 22-25 October 2017
The annual meeting of the Geological Society of America will take place in Seattle, Washington, and includes opportunities for local field experiences.

AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, 11-15 December 2017 
AGU’s Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. View DCO sessions of special interest. Abstract submission deadline: 2 August 2017

Fourth International Diamond School, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy, 29 January - 2 February 2018
The school will provide a general overview of recent advances in diamond research, combining geology, exploration, and gemology of diamond. Pre-registration now open.

Honors and Awards

Craig Manning, Extreme Physics and Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
AGU Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture

Bernard Marty, Reservoirs and Fluxes
Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques, France
AGU Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture

Funding Opportunities

DCO Reservoirs and Fluxes Call for Proposals: Tectonic Fluxes of Deep Carbon
The Reservoirs and Fluxes Community of the Deep Carbon Observatory invites proposal applications (with a budget up to US $50,000) to synthesize observations and data on the pathways and magnitudes of Tectonic Fluxes of Deep Carbon. A competitive proposal should quantitatively describe pathways of carbon mobility that are: (A) triggered and/or mediated by tectonic activity, and (B) should focus on carbon fluxes that are on pathways directly from the mantle or crust into the oceans and atmosphere and vice versa (ingassing). They should not include the obviously volcanic examples of diffuse degassing, or transport of carbon into the oceans by river systems. A quantitative global tectonic carbon flux, and its uncertainty, is a required final outcome of the study to be funded. Data used in the quantification of fluxes in the project will be archived with the assistance of the DCO Data Science Team, and made accessible to the wider community within one year of the expiration of the project, in compliance with DCO Data Policy. The proposal should consist of a cover page, a research statement (no more than three pages, single spaced 12-point font, bibliography excluded), a budget (not exceeding US $50,000), and CVs of the project participants. Please email proposals to Erik Hauri by 15 August 2017; the award will be made with a starting date of 15 September 2017 and must conclude by 31 May 2018.

Beckman Young Investigator Program
The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments, and materials will be given additional consideration. Application deadline: 14 August 2017

Deep Life Cultivation Internship Program
DCO's Deep Life Community (DLC) 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 the deep subsurface. To maintain and strengthen cultivation strategies in future deep life missions, the DLC 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 DLC’s field missions.

2017 Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology
The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. The Foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While cross-disciplinary applicants will receive particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The Foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2017.

C-DEBI: Rolling call for Research Exchange Proposals
C-DEBI facilitates scientific coordination and collaborations by supporting student, postdoctoral, and faculty exchanges to build, educate, and train the deep subseafloor biosphere community. We award small research exchange grants for Center participants. These grants may be used to support research, travel for presenting C-DEBI research at meetings, or travel exchanges to other partner institutions or institutions that have new tools and techniques that can be applied to C-DEBI research. We anticipate ~10 awards of $500-5000 with additional matched funds to be granted annually. 

New Publications

View more papers in the DCO publications browser.

Xenon isotopes in 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko show that comets contributed to Earth's atmosphere
Bernard Marty, K. Altwegg, H. Balsiger, A. Bar-Nun, D. V. Bekaert, J.-J. Berthelier, A. Bieler, C. Briois, U. Calmonte, M. Combi, J. De Keyser, B. Fiethe, S. A. Fuselier, S. Gasc, T. I. Gombosi, K. C. Hansen, M. Hässig, A. Jäckel, E. Kopp, A. Korth, L. Le Roy, U. Mall, O. Mousis, T. Owen, H. Rème, M. Rubin, T. Sémon, C.-Y. Tzou, J. H. Waite, and P. Wurz
Science doi:10.1126/science.aal3496

High occurrence of Bathyarchaeota (MCG) in the deep-sea sediments of South China Sea quantified using newly designed PCR primers
Tiantian Yu, Qianyong Liang, Mingyang Niu, Fengping Wang
Environmental Microbiology Reports doi:10.1111/1758-2229.12539

Immiscible hydrocarbon fluids in the deep carbon cycle
Fang Huang, Isabelle Daniel, Hervé Cardon, Gilles Montagnac, and Dimitri A. Sverjensky
Nature Communications doi:10.1038/ncomms15798

Melting dynamics of ice in the mesoscopic regime
Margherita Citroni, Samuele Fanetti, Naomi Falsini, Paolo Foggi, and Roberto Bini
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi:10.1073/pnas.1620039114

Publication Opportunities

Special issue (theme) of G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 
Carbon degassing through volcanoes and active tectonic regions
Guest editors: Tobias Fischer, Alessandro Aiuppa, Marie Edmonds
Carbon exchange between Earth’s interior, the atmosphere, and hydrosphere plays a fundamental role in planetary and atmospheric evolution. The main identified pathways of carbon release from the solid Earth are volcanoes and regions of diffuse degassing in tectonically active areas, yet the quantities, sources, variability, and processes of carbon release remain poorly constrained. This special theme is on the observations, quantification and models of carbon transfer from Earth’s crust and mantle to the surface. It includes emphasis on temporal and regional degassing variability, utilization of carbon degassing as a volcano and earthquake monitoring tool, and interdisciplinary approaches to quantifying carbon emissions. The theme includes results from the Deep Carbon Observatory Deep Earth Carbon Degassing (DCO-DECADE) initiative as well as contributions from the broader community interested in carbon exchange on Earth. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an email to Tobias Fischer, Alessandro Aiuppa, or Marie Edmonds, including names of authors and a title. Author list and title do not need to be finalized to express interest.

Employment Opportunities

Economic Geologist with the Deep Time Data Infrastructure Consortium at Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
The Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Keck-sponsored Deep-Time Data Consortium seeks a highly-qualified applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position with expertise in economic geology, paleotectonics, and data science. Working under the supervision of Robert Hazen, and in close collaboration with members of the Keck Deep-Time Data Consortium and resource scientists at the United States Geological Survey, the candidate will employ big-data methods to engage in studies of the distribution and quantities of mineral and energy resources. Studies may include investigation of the episodic mineralization and selective erosional loss of mineral resources, for example as pertains to the formation and preservation of the ~1 billion-year old Rodinian supercontinent. Application deadline: 30 June 2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral research scientist with a geologic background in computational geophysical fluid dynamics, whose primary responsibility will be to develop new codes to study carbon transport in numerical models of fluid flow in subduction zones. The ideal candidate will work in collaboration with DTM researchers Erik Hauri, Cian Wilson, and Peter van Keken and Columbia University researchers Marc Spiegelman and Peter Kelemen, and should have skills and experience in the areas of shell scripting, C/C++, Python, Fortran, and/or Perl. We hope to find an individual who is excited about the opportunity to conduct collaborative, guided research at the interface of numerical modeling, geochemistry, and geophysics. The postdoctoral research position is funded by the Deep Carbon Observatory for two years, and the application will remain open until filled. Application deadline: 1 July 2017

Postdoctoral Associate - Planetary Interior Processes, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
The Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for postdoctoral positions in the field of experimental mineral physics. The research will focus on the Earth’s and planetary interior processes and properties. The applicant must have a PhD degree in Geosciences or related fields by the time of the employment. Experience in research using at least one of the high-pressure tools (piston-cylinder apparatus, multi-anvil device, diamond-anvil cell, or gas-gun) is required. Candidates should be familiar with at least one of the analytical tools (synchrotron X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, or electron microprobe). Knowledge of planetary interior processes and properties is desirable. Successful candidates are expected to work both independently and in a collaborative group environment. The appointment is for one year, with possible renewal for a second year pending progress. The positions are available after July 1, 2017

Postdoctoral Scholar Position at The University of Pennsylvania, USA
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a postdoctoral scholar to study microbial remediation of asbestos through chemosynthesis. The position involves the cultivation of chemosynthetic microorganisms relevant to Fe- and N-based energy metabolisms. DESIRED LABORATORY SKILLS INCLUDE: (i) experience with microbial cultivation under batch and/or continuous culture conditions, (ii) experience with aqueous geochemistry techniques, (iii) experience with epifluorescent, SEM and/or TEM microscopy and (iv) basic molecular techniques. DESIRED ACADEMIC SKILLS INCLUDE: (i) team-working and interpersonal skills, (ii) excellent written and oral communication skills, (iii) commitment to developing peer-reviewed manuscripts, and (iv) desire to work at the intersection between geology, chemistry, and biology. The position is available starting 1 September 2017. Applications are accepted until position is filled. Successful completion of a PhD is required at the time of appointment.

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Solid Earth Geochemistry/Petrology at the Pennsylvania State University, USA
The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Solid Earth Geochemistry. We seek a colleague who creatively uses theoretical, observational, analytical and/or experimental approaches to address fundamental problems related to the mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry of the solid Earth. Candidates with expertise in planets and meteorites also will be considered. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to a diverse research and teaching community in the Department of Geosciences through the development of a vigorous, internationally recognized and externally funded research program, and through teaching courses in their discipline at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department of Geosciences is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and houses research programs and state-of-the-art analytical facilities spanning a broad spectrum of Earth Science disciplines. Review of applications will begin on 1 September 2017.

Lecturer in Earth Surface Processes at the University of St Andrews, UK
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a Lectureship-level appointment from individuals that utilize applied, field-based or theoretical approaches to address fundamental questions about the processes that control Earth’s surface environments. We particularly welcome applicants who would expand our core research and teaching strengths in geology, palaeoclimate, geochemistry, and economic geology into a modern environmental context. This could be in fields including (but not limited to) hydrogeology, environmental remediation, environmental mineralogy, remote sensing, GIS and environmental systems (e.g. hydrological, atmosphere, ocean) modeling or global environmental change. Application deadline: 30 September 2017

Postdoctoral Scholar, Microbial Transcriptional Activity in Subseafloor Sediment, University of Munich, Germany
The Orsi lab at the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München) is searching for a postdoctoral scholar within the framework of a newly funded project on microbial transcriptional activity in subseafloor sediment. The position involves the extraction and analysis of DNA and RNA from a high number of samples in order to constrain shared and unique biochemical subsistence strategies of subseafloor life. Desired skills in the ideal candidate are experience working with DNA and RNA from low biomass samples, and experience with bioinformatic analysis of large datasets of next generation sequencing data. The city of Munich is located less than one hour from the alps and hosts a vibrant and intellectually stimulating academic environment that includes major geoscience centers such as the Munich GeoCenter, Munich GeoBio Center, and Origins of Life Munich Initiative. 

DCO in the News

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28 June 2017: Q&A: Robert Hazen on studying 'deep carbon'
By Rob Margetta for The US National Science Foundation
Robert Hazen's field - mineralogy - might seem like the most appropriate scientific specialty for studying what's happening below Earth's surface. But, he says, that job requires partnering with scientists from as many different disciplines as possible...

23 June 2017: Studying Yellowstone by Integrating Deep Carbon Science
By Shaunna M. Morrison, Mattia Pistone, and Lukas Kohl for Eos
Yellowstone National Park is a fascinating natural laboratory for geoscientists and biologists alike. Its steaming geysers and hot springs have been extensively studied to characterize the underlying hydrothermal activity...

12 June 2017: Can Volcanic Gas Levels Predict an Eruption?
By Alexandra Branscombe for Eos
Before a volcano erupts, there are usually signs of what’s to come; small earthquakes, heat emission, and ground swelling, to name a few, have all been observed to precede eruptions...

9 June 2017: Scienza: misurata per la prima volta la fusione del ghiaccio
By Monia Sangermano for MeteoWeb
La fusione del ghiaccio al rallentatore. Uno dei più diffusi passaggi di stato che interessano l'acqua è stato misurato in scale dimensionali e temporali finora inesplorate...

9 June 2017: We Might Not Exist If It Weren't For Comets
By Mike Wall for NBC News
Life on Earth may not have been possible without comet strikes...

8 June 2017: The mystery xenon in Earth’s atmosphere came from icy comets
By Leah Crane for New Scientist
The origin of the xenon in Earth’s atmosphere has been a mystery for decades...

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.

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