Deep Carbon Gordon Research Conference

In 2018, the Gordon Research Conferences will hold their first conference focused entirely on the emerging field of deep carbon science.

Since 2009, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) has supported several Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) that dovetail with DCO themes, including GRCs on biomineralization, origins of the solar system, high pressure, geobiology, and natural gas hydrates. However, each of these conferences has only covered a small subset of DCO research. DCO is excited to announce that GRC has established a new conference fully dedicated to the deep carbon cycle.

The inaugural Deep Carbon Science GRC will focus on deep carbon in the context of geological time and will be held from 17-22 June 2018 at Bryant University in Rhode Island, USA. The conference “will spotlight the evolution of deep carbon in Earth’s biological and nonbiological reservoirs over 4.6 billion years.” It will gather Earth, life, and physical scientists to explore planetary assembly, early deep carbon reservoirs, early forms of deep life, and the carbon cycle through geological time.

The full conference program is available here. The program is organized into nine sessions on the following topics:

  • Carbon and Planet Assembly
  • Early Earth Evolution
  • Volatiles in the Hadean
  • Populating the Deep Biosphere
  • Early Deep Life
  • Biosphere Feedbacks Through Time
  • Deep Carbon Reservoirs Through Time
  • The Geologic History of Carbon Subduction and Outgassing
  • Evolution of the Deep Carbon Cycle

The conference will be led by chairs Craig Manning (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) and Isabelle Daniel (University of Lyon, France) and vice chairs Edward Young (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) and Kai-Uwe Hinrichs (University of Bremen, Germany), all of whom hold leadership positions in the Deep Carbon Observatory.

Application Information

The application window for the conference is open until 20 May 2018, but interested participants are encouraged to apply early because some GRCs become oversubscribed before the deadline. More information about the conference and how to apply is available on the GRC website.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT is available to partially offset registration and/or travel costs of a limited number of international and early career participants. Accepted applicants who meet these criteria will automatically be considered for financial support.

The GRC Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program offers financial assistance to underrepresented minority graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and scientists to help fund attendance at their first GRC meeting. DCO strongly encourages eligible participants to apply. Learn more.



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