Synthesis Group 2019

Planning is underway for products and activities explaining DCO’s scientific discoveries and findings. Synthesis Group 2019 (SG2019) 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.

Beginning in April 2018, the membership of SG2019 changed to accommodate its new duties, serving as an editorial board for the preparation of a Decadal Report, summarizing the ten years of scientific progress, and providing counsel for culminating events of the program.

Should you have suggestions, questions, or comments regarding DCO’s synthesis process, please share them with the current SG2019 members:

Synthesis Group 2019 (Current members)

  • Marie Edmonds
    Marie Edmonds University of Cambridge, UK
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    Marie Edmonds
    Marie Edmonds
    University 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.

  • David Cole
    David Cole The Ohio State University, USA
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    David Cole
    David Cole
    The 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.

  • Susannah Dorfman
    Susannah Dorfman Michigan State University, USA
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    Susannah Dorfman
    Susannah Dorfman
    Michigan State University, USA

    Susannah Dorfman is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State. Dorfman simulates the conditions inside Earth and other planets using experiments in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell at high pressures (up to 2.5 Mbar) and temperatures (up to 6000 K). She is interested in the effects of these extreme conditions on phase equilibria and physical properties of planetary materials including mantle silicates and carbonates. Her laboratory probes crystal structures and compositions in situ using synchrotron diffraction and spectroscopy and ex situ using electron microscopy techniques.

  • Dr. Kerstin Lehnert
    Kerstin Lehnert Columbia University, USA
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    Dr. Kerstin Lehnert
    Kerstin Lehnert
    Columbia University, USA

    Dr. Kerstin Lehnert is the Doherty Senior Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Lehnert’s fields of interest are geoinformatics, scientific data management, igneous petrology, and geochemistry. She is actively involved in a number of projects that strive to make data accessible including EarthChem, Geoinformatics for Geochemistry, and Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance.  The Geochemical Society recognized her work with a Distinguished Service Award.

  • Dr. Karen Lloyd
    Karen Lloyd University of Tennessee, USA
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    Dr. Karen Lloyd
    Karen Lloyd
    University of Tennessee, USA

    Dr. Karen Lloyd is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, USA. A marine microbiologist, Lloyd’s research focuses on transformations of organic matter and C1 compounds in the deep marine subsurface. She uses single cell genomics to determine carbon and energy sources for the vast uncharacterized majority of marine microorganisms in hydrothermal vents, cold methane seeps, deep oceanic sediments, and coastal estuaries and bays. Lloyd has participated in six oceanographic cruises, and served as scientific leader for six coastal field expeditions. Honored as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences, Lloyd is actively involved in DCO’s field investigation “Biology meets Subduction,” helping to lead many early career scientists in a multi-disciplinary sampling expedition.

  • Dr. Craig Manning
    Craig E. Manning University of California, Los Angeles, USA
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    Dr. Craig Manning
    Craig E. Manning
    University 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.

  • Dr. Craig Schiffries
    Craig Schiffries Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
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    Dr. Craig Schiffries
    Craig Schiffries
    Geophysical 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.

  • Dr. Dimitri Sverjensky
    Dimitri Sverjensky Johns Hopkins University, USA
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    Dr. Dimitri Sverjensky
    Dimitri Sverjensky
    Johns Hopkins University, USA

    Dr. Dimitri Sverjensky is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught since 1984.  A geochemist, his research interests are diverse and include: deep Earth carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and water cycles, astrobiology, high temperature/pressure aqueous solution chemistry, and chemical equilibria and mass transfer.  He is a fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, and a recipient of the Lindgren Award from the Society of Economic Geologists.  Sverjensky is co-PI of the synthesis project MELTS and DEW.

  • Darlene Trew Crist
    Darlene Trew Crist Crist Communications, USA
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    Darlene Trew Crist
    Darlene Trew Crist
    Crist Communications, USA

    SG2019 Synthesis Manager
    +1 (207) 315-1976 (Mobile)
    darlenetrewcrist (Skype)

    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.

  • Dr. Katrina Twing
    Katrina Twing University of Utah, USA
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    Dr. Katrina Twing
    Katrina Twing
    University of Utah, USA

    Dr. Katrina Twing is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah with interests in microbial ecology in extreme environments. Her PhD work at Michigan State University focused on identifying diversity and metabolic potential of microorganisms within the continental serpentinite environment. She was a ship-board scientist on IODP Expedition 357: Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life, where she helped collect drill core samples from the hard-rock subseafloor adjacent to the Lost City Hydrothermal Field. Dr. Twing's postdoctoral research focuses on identifying the metabolic potential and activity of microorganism within hard rock cores from the Atlantis Massif using 'omics approaches.

Synthesis Group 2019 (Served from 2016-2018)

  • Marie Edmonds
    Marie Edmonds University of Cambridge, UK
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    Marie Edmonds
    Marie Edmonds
    University 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.

  • David Cole
    David Cole The Ohio State University, USA
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    David Cole
    David Cole
    The 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.

  • Peter Fox
    Peter Fox Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
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    Peter Fox
    Peter Fox
    Rensselaer 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.

  • Dr. Adrian Jones
    Adrian Jones University College London, UK
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    Dr. Adrian Jones
    Adrian Jones
    University 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. 

  • Dr. Louise Kellogg
    Louise Kellogg University of California Davis, USA
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    Dr. Louise Kellogg
    Louise Kellogg
    University 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. 

  • Dr. Mark Lever
    Mark Lever ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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    Dr. Mark Lever
    Mark Lever
    ETH 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. 

  • Dr. Craig Manning
    Craig E. Manning University of California, Los Angeles, USA
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    Dr. Craig Manning
    Craig E. Manning
    University 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.

  • Dr. Shaunna Morrison
    Shaunna Morrison Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
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    Dr. Shaunna Morrison
    Shaunna Morrison
    Carnegie 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.

  • Dr. Robert Pockalny
    Robert Pockalny University of Rhode Island, USA
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    Dr. Robert Pockalny
    Robert Pockalny
    University 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.

  • Dr. Stefano Poli
    Stefano Poli University of Milano, Italy
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    Dr. Stefano Poli
    Stefano Poli
    University 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. 

  • Dr. Craig Schiffries
    Craig Schiffries Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
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    Dr. Craig Schiffries
    Craig Schiffries
    Geophysical 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.

  • Darlene Trew Crist
    Darlene Trew Crist Crist Communications, USA
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    Darlene Trew Crist
    Darlene Trew Crist
    Crist Communications, USA

    SG2019 Synthesis Manager
    +1 (207) 315-1976 (Mobile)
    darlenetrewcrist (Skype)

    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

 

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