C-DEBI (Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center on the deep subseafloor biosphere. Our mission is to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins. We are a multi-institutional distributed center establishing the intellectual, educational, technological, cyber-infrastructural and collaborative framework needed for transformative experimental and exploratory research on the subseafloor biosphere. C-DEBI is led by Drs. Jan Amend (C-DEBI Director, University of Southern California), Julie Huber (Marine Biological Laboratory), Steven D’Hondt (University of Rhode Island), Andrew Fisher (University of California, Santa Cruz), and C. Geoffrey Wheat (University of Alaska, Fairbanks). Connect with us via our mailing list on Facebook and on our twitter!

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 Special Call for Deep Biosphere Research Proposals
Deadline: January 15, 2015

The NSF Science and Technology Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) invites proposals for one-year projects that will significantly advance our central research agenda—to investigate the subseafloor biosphere deep in sediments and the crust. C-DEBI intends to fund 2-3 proposals in response to this call, up to $100,000 each. C-DEBI has a deep appreciation of the specific challenges that accompany microbiological investigations and the study of biogeochemical processes in the deep subsurface, and encourages research that addresses these challenges through approaches such as timely analyses of perishable samples, experiments with live samples, refining or adapting difficult techniques, or applying well-established methods to the analysis of substantial sample sets. C-DEBI also encourages basic research on biogeochemical processes that will lead to better understanding of subsurface microbial activities, and marine hydrogeological studies performed in the context of C-DEBI research themes. [Read More]

Pele's pit trap from FEMO 2007
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JOIDES Resolution photo by W. Crawford, IODP/TAMU
Education & Outreach

CORK photo by K. Becker, RSMAS/UM
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C-DEBI Newsletter
November 17, 2014 Issue

ISME Journal
Pérez-Rodríguez et al. C-DEBI Contribution 232
From deep-sea volcanoes to human pathogens: a conserved quorum-sensing signal in Epsilonproteobacteria

Katrina Edwards

Lin et al. C-DEBI Contribution 226
Dissolved hydrogen and methane in the oceanic basaltic biosphere

Chemical Geology
Sauvage et al. C-DEBI Contribution 229
Determination of in situ dissolved inorganic carbon concentration and alkalinity for marine sedimentary porewater

Frontiers in Microbiology
Teske et al. C-DEBI Contribution 223
Biosphere frontiers of subsurface life in the sedimented hydrothermal system of Guaymas Basin

Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Meyers et al. C-DEBI Contribution 206
Extracellular enzyme activity and microbial diversity measured on seafloor exposed basalts from Loihi Seamount indicate importance of basalts to global biogeochemical cycling

Frontiers in Microbiology
Barco and Edwards. C-DEBI Contribution 212
Interactions of proteins with biogenic iron oxyhydroxides and a new culturing technique to increase biomass yields of neutrophilic, iron-oxidizing bacteria

Marlow et al. C-DEBI Contribution 174
The potential for biologically catalyzed anaerobic methane oxidation on ancient Mars

Scientific Drilling
Orcutt et al. C-DEBI Contribution 200
IODP Deep Biosphere Research Workshop report – a synthesis of recent investigations, and discussion of new research questions and drilling targets

Torres et al. C-DEBI Contribution 197
Sulphide oxidation and carbonate dissolution as a source of CO2 over geological timescales

Life in Extreme Environments
Kallmeyer and Wagner, eds. C-DEBI Contributions 169, 196 and 199
Microbial Life of the Deep Biosphere

Upcoming Expeditions

October 10 - December 2, 2014
North Atlantic Sediment Coring

November 29 - December 12, 2014
Dorado Outcrop

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General Calendar

December 4 - 6, 2014
2014 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Long Beach Area Conference (in collaboration with California Science Teachers Association (CSTA))

Long Beach, California, USA




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