Planning is underway for products and activities explaining DCO’s scientific discoveries and findings. Synthesis Group 2019 (SG2019), formed in April 2016, is actively working to synthesize and integrate research conducted across DCO’s four science communities to realize a new understanding of deep carbon science and fully capture DCO’s achievements. This synthesis process aims to elevate the collaborative efforts of this global research initiative, making the whole even greater than the sum of its parts.
Should you have suggestions, questions, or comments regarding DCO’s synthesis process, please share them with the SG2019 members:
Synthesis Group 2019
closeMarie EdmondsUniversity of Cambridge, UK
Dr. Marie Edmonds, a reader in Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, is responsible for overall scientific and intellectual oversight of DCO's synthesis and integration activities. She is a mid-career researcher who has built a successful group focused on understanding volatile cycling in the solid Earth. She has a number of leadership roles within the Natural Environment Research Council (the United Kingdom’s primary funding agency) and the Geological Society of London. In addition to serving on DCO’s Executive Committee, Edmonds chairs DCO’s Synthesis Group 2019 and has served as co-chair of the Reservoirs and Fluxes community since November 2014.
closeDavid ColeThe Ohio State University, USA
Dr. David Cole is a professor and Ohio Research Scholar in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University. A geochemist, his research interests span a number of sub-disciplines in the geosciences and chemistry, and include both low temperature and high temperature studies relevant to energy systems. He is the OSU Interim Director of the Subsurface Energy Resource Center, Director of the OSU Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization and Analysis Laboratory. Cole serves on DCO's Synthesis Group 2019 and served previously as chair of the Deep Energy Community.
closePeter FoxRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Dr. Peter Fox is professor and Tetherless World Research Constellation chair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Fox's research and education agenda covers the fields of data science and analytics, ocean and environmental informatics, materials informatics, computational logic, semantic Web, cognitive bias, semantic data frameworks, and solar and solar-terrestrial physics. Fox works to ensure that his is research is applied to large-scale distributed networks and data science collaborations. Fox leads DCO’s Data Science Team and is a member of Synthesis Group 2019.
closeAdrian JonesUniversity College London, UK
Dr. Adrian Jones is a reader in petrology at the University College London, where he teaches igneous petrology and works on shocked materials. His laboratory uses high-pressure solid-state multi-anvil presses to quantify materials and melting behavior in Earth’s mantle and the transport of materials to sites of volcanic eruptions. He is particularly interested in the deep carbon cycle—where deep carbon is stored and how it is entrained back to the surface in carbon-rich magmas. Jones was a founding member of the Deep Carbon Observatory and continues to serve on its Executive Committee, as well as a member of Synthesis Group 2019.
closeLouise KelloggUniversity of California Davis, USA
Dr. Louise Kellogg is a geophysicist with expertise in chemical geodynamics and computational geophysics and experience leading multidisciplinary teams to advance geodynamics modeling and scientific visualization. She is a professor at the University of California Davis and director of the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics, a geoinformatics program supported by the US National Science Foundation to advance Earth science research by developing and disseminating software for geophysics and related fields. She also heads the W. M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES), which provides expertise on scientific visualization of complex data and models. Kellogg also lends her expertise to DCO as a member of Synthesis Group 2019.
closeMark LeverETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Mark Lever is a professor of environmental microbiology in the Department of Environmental Systems Science in the Institute of Biogeochemical and Pollutant Dynamics at ETH Zurich. His research interests include geomicrobiology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem ecology of aquatic sediments and Earth's crust with a focus on the carbon cycle. In addition to teaching and research, Lever serves as an associate editor for Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology, and as a review editor. He is a member of the Deep Life Community and serves on Synthesis Group 2019.
closeCraig E. ManningUniversity of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dr. Craig Manning is a professor of Geology and Geochemistry in Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, and serves as department vice-chair at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include water chemistry, thermodynamics, gas chemistry, geochemistry, igneous petrology, and metamorphic petrology. Manning is a fellow and past counselor of the Mineralogical Society of America. He serves on the advisory board ofGeochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, and is associate editor of theAmerican Journal of Science. Manning chairs DCO’s Executive Committee and the Extreme Physics and Chemistry community. He also is a member of the Reservoirs and Fluxes community, as well as Synthesis Group 2019.
closeShaunna MorrisonCarnegie Institution for Science, USA
Dr. Shaunna Morrison is a postdoctoral research associate at the Carnegie Institution for Science under the mentorship of Robert Hazen. She is also a CheMin instrument lead on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission (Curiosity rover). She is consolidating deep-time data on carbon minerals, commencing the study of carbon mineral distribution as a function of depth, and developing mineral network analysis techniques with application to comparative planetology and phase equilibria.
closeRobert PockalnyUniversity of Rhode Island, USA
Dr. Rob Pockalny is a marine research scientist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. His research and education interests span a broad range of topics including plate tectonics, seafloor morphology, ocean crustal architecture, estuarine processes, and biogeochemistry of ocean sediments and shallow crust. Current research projects include: tectonic reconstructions of seamount systems and transform faults, circulation patterns in coastal lagoons, and global microbial distribution and respiration patterns in ocean sediments. Current education projects include developing computer-based data science education modules for high school and college students and training future seagoing chief scientists. Pockalny is the lead for DCO’s Engagement Team and a member of Synthesis Group 2019.
closeStefano PoliUniversity of Milano, Italy
Dr. Stefano Poli is a professor of petrology and petrography in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Milano. His research interests include experimental petrology, geochemistry, and petrology. His laboratory focused on the experimental and thermodynamic modeling of complex systems bearing carbonates, hydrous phases, carbon compounds, and C-O-H fluids/liquids at conditions of Earth’s interior. He is a member of two DCO communities: Reservoirs and Fluxes and Extreme Physics and Chemistry.
closeCraig SchiffriesGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Dr. Craig Schiffries is director of the Deep Carbon Observatory and a research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science. As a member of the DCO Secretariat and Executive Committee, he helps coordinate all components of DCO. Much of his career spans the interface between science and public policy, advising government agencies and strengthening scientific institutions. He served as a Congressional Science Fellow, director of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the U.S. National Academies, and the first director for geoscience policy at the Geological Society of America. In addition to his technical publications in geochemistry, petrology, and economic geology, he has written on science policy and testified before the U.S. Congress, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and other advisory bodies. He also serves as a member of Synthesis Group 2019.
closeDarlene Trew CristCrist Communications, USA
SG2019 Synthesis Manager
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Darlene Trew Crist, principal of Crist Communications, has spent the past 20 years helping scientists communicate their findings to public audiences, successfully producing scientific products that range from videos to maps to books to specialized scientific journals, complemented with other digital and collateral materials. Crist is working hand in hand with the Marie Edmonds and the Engagement Team to ensure that all 2019 products are realized, produced, and ready for unveiling by 2019, and oversees all synthesis-related content on the DCO website.
Top image: Roubaultite, courtesy of the Rruff Database