Synthesis Group 2019

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Planning for 2019

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 Members (Marie Edmonds), SG2019 Chair, 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 the 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 UK’s primary funding agency) and the Geological Society of London. Within DCO, she serves as a member of DCO’s Executive Committee, and has been co-chair of the Reservoirs and Fluxes community since November 2014. Ausubel), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (USA)

Jesse Ausubel serves as director and senior research associate of the Program for the Human Environment of Rockefeller University. He is also a science advisor to, and former vice-president of programs at, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where his main area of responsibility is supporting basic research in science and technology, including the Deep Carbon Observatory. He was instrumental in organizing the first UN World Climate Conference held in Geneva in 1979. Ausubel was one of the founders of the field of industrial ecology, served as the founding chair of the Encyclopedia of Life, and under the auspices of the Sloan Foundation developed an international program, the Census of Marine Life, to assess the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life, a task never before attempted at this scale. (David Cole), 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, and a member of DCO’s Executive Committee, and served previously as a chair of the Deep Energy Community. (Peter Fox), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)

Dr. Peter Fox is professor and Tetherless World Research Constellation chair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 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. This research is also applied to large-scale distributed, and data science collaborations. Fox leads DCO’s Data Science Team and is a member of the Executive Committee. (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. (Louise Kellogg), University of California Davis (USA)

Louise H. Kellogg is a professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geology and director of the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics at the University of California Davis. She is also the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity there. The primary focus of her research are understanding how convection in the Earth's mantle operates and drives geologic processes, and understanding the forces causing earthquakes and landscape change. Current projects include: computer modeling of the thermal and chemical evolution of the Earth; modeling the dynamics of mixing in the Earth's mantle; modeling and observing deformation in the crust associated with earthquakes; and scientific visualization to explore the Earth's surface and interior. Kellogg also serves as a member of DCO’s Executive Committee. (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. Manning), University of California Los Angeles (USA)

Dr. Craig Manning is a professor of Geology and Geochemistry in Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include water chemistry, thermodynamics, gas chemistry, geochemistry, igneous petrology, and metamorphic petrology. He is the chair of DCO’s Executive Committee and the Extreme Physics and Chemistry community, and is also a member of the Reservoirs and Fluxes community. 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. Pockalny), University of Rhode Island (USA)

Dr. Rob Pockalny is a marine research scientist at the 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 is a member of DCO’s Executive Committee. (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. 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. (Darlene Trew Crist), SG2019 Manager, Crist Communications (USA)

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 Chair and the Engagement Team to ensure that all 2019 products are realized, produced, and ready for unveiling by 2019.