New OCB Scoping Workshop (October 23-26, 2022 at North Carolina State Univ. in Raleigh, NC, in person) : C-saw Time domain controls on carbon storage, release, and transformation in coastal and estuarine waters following extreme events.
The aim of this workshop is to push forward our knowledge of extreme weather and fire effects on coastal carbon cycling. This OCB Scoping Workshop will bring together a diverse group of scientists to build a community of monitors/observers, experimentalists, and modelers to address these challenging knowledge gaps across these spatial and temporal domains.
More information here: https://www.us-ocb.org/c-saw-extreme-events-workshop/
The workshop application will open in July. If this sounds interesting to you and you'd like to stay informed about the workshop, please fill out our expression of interest form to help us gauge community interest and ensure that you are notified when the workshop application opens.
We have two programs in C-CoMP (https://ccomp-stc.org/) that the OCB community may be interested in – a postdoc program and a bridge-to-PhD program.
Both programs are 2-year fellowships with professional development, mentoring opportunities and rich research experiences across the ocean sciences and education research.
The postdoc fellowship asks applicants to identify a host who can advise and support a research project within the scope of C-CoMP. The host does not need to be a current C-CoMP member (nor does the prospective postdoc). More information can be found at our website.
The Bridge-to-PhD fellowship is intended to foster a diverse and inclusive research community and so will support fellows as they transition from a 4-year college degree to graduate school. These fellows will be matched with current C-CoMP laboratories and research programs from chemistry, biology, data science, modelling and education research. There is more information on our website as well.
We are hosting an information session on both programs Tuesday April 12th at 4p Eastern and interested parties can register here.
In January 2020, the workshop on Ocean nucleic acids 'omics intercalibration and standardization was convened by the US Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry (OCB) program. The goal of this workshop was to develop a focused marine microbial nucleic acid (na) 'omics intercomparison and intercalibration effort to enhance future field programs that integrate methods such as molecular barcoding, metagenomics and transcriptomics to understand the functioning of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes in the ocean. Initial efforts are guided, in part, by the success of the marine geochemistry community in implementing programs like GEOTRACES.
Berube, P., S. Gifford, B. Hurwitz, B. Jenkins, A. Marchetti, A. E. Santoro. 2022. Roadmap Towards Community-wide Intercalibration and Standardization of Ocean Nucleic Acids ‘Omics Measurements. 50pp. DOI 10.1575/1912/28054
Citable URI: https://hdl.handle.net/1912/28054
What’s behind the curtain of the NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission?
The NASA PACE Project and Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Project Office are excited to announce the upcoming summer class “What’s behind the curtain of the NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission?” This one-week graduate-level course will provide in-depth insight into the upcoming PACE mission that is scheduled for launch in January 2024. The course will provide instruction on passive satellite remote sensing, with foci on both ocean and atmosphere. This will encompass not just lectures on Earth science, but also potential field trips and details on PACE instruments’ performance and how they relate to derived geophysical products, uncertainties, and ultimately, Earth system models.
Our target audience includes graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career professionals (<4 years from terminal degree). Our hope is to engage the next generation of early career scientists in PACE, with the goal of equipping this next generation with specialized expertise in global Earth System passive remote sensing, as well as offering unique access to all elements of a major NASA flight project. In addition to PACE scientists, mission and instrument systems engineering staff will be accessible to share “behind-the-scenes” details that are often not readily available to the research community (e.g., design choices that impact products, agency hurdles that dictate the mission lifecycle, and rationales for instrument concepts).
• Location: in-person only in the Baltimore, MD area (exact venue TBD)
• Timing: 1-5 August 2022
• Participation: ~30 student enrollments
• Cost: Travel and room/ board are covered via an OCB grant for qualified participants*
• Details on course elements: https://www.us-ocb.org/pace-mission-training-activity/
• SUBMIT APPLICATION BY 11 March 2022 (midnight ET)
Qualified individuals from underrepresented groups in STEM will be prioritized to promote the diversity and inclusion aims of both OCB and NASA. Application requirements include:
• Contact information
• Personal statement that illustrates how this class will support your professional development and future work (limit of 1800 characters, including spaces)
• Abbreviated (2-page biosketch format) CV
• Letter of support from an advisor, mentor, or supervisor (this should be sent directly from your supervisor to the OCB Office (email@example.com)
Applications will be evaluated by the organizing committee based on timeliness in career and capacity to benefit from course, background and relevant experience, and capacity to play a future leadership role in PACE and/or satellite oceanography. While the majority of the class will likely be composed of US-based students, international students* will also be considered for admission. Application decisions will be distributed by April 8.
We look forward to your participation!
*International travel and associated costs to/from the class location will be the responsibility of the student or student’s home institution.
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Applications are now open for the 2022 International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) Summer Lecture Series.
The course is scheduled to take place from 18-29 July 2022 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), which is part of the IMEV (Institut de la Mer, de Villefranche), and hosts the Marine Optics, Remote Sensing, and Biogeochemical Applications group.
As in previous years, this high-level training course will be dedicated to the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing. Further details can be found on the Summer Lecture Series Website at: https://ioccg.org/what-we-do/training-and-education/ioccg-sls-2022/
Deadline for applications: 28 February 2022
Apply here: https://ioccg.org/2022-sls-application-form/
September 17, 2021
We are looking for scientists with experience in physical and/or biogeochemical hydrography and in oceanographic expedition organization who would be interested in participating as Chief Scientist on one of the two legs of the GO-SHIP (https://usgoship.ucsd.edu and http://www.go-ship.org) decadal re-occupation of the hydrographic section P02 along 30°N in the Pacific1, tentatively scheduled from April 2022 through July 2022. Preferred candidates will have extensive previous experience with organizing and executing oceanographic field studies, and/or will have been a Chief or Co-Chief Scientist or a Principal Investigator on a previous U.S. GO-SHIP cruise.
Deadline for applications: Oct 22, 2021 (see ‘How to apply’ below for details)
PARTICULARS: (all dates are tentative)
All U.S. GO-SHIP chief scientists are experienced with sea-going fieldwork.
Pre-cruise: The Chief Scientist will take over cruise planning and paperwork, including that for sampling in non-U.S. EEZs, from Lynne Talley and Alison Macdonald (U.S. GO-SHIP Executive Council) at a mutually-agreed upon time before the cruise, will lead selection of student CTD watchstander positions and be involved in the selection of the Co-Chief Scientist, both of which will be advertised by the U.S. GO-SHIP Executive Council. Note that the Chief Scientist is ultimately responsible for official pre-cruise activities, including organization of the sampling groups, lab spaces, berths, and documents. The Chief Scientist will also attend and contribute to a pre-cruise meeting either in person or remotely. (The U.S. GO-SHIP NSF grant will support Chief Scientist travel to the pre-cruise meeting, if teleconference is not used.)
At sea: In addition to all duties and decision-making responsibilities that normally fall upon a Chief Scientist, the Chief Scientist will be the scientist-in-charge of one 12-hour watch. At sea duties include mentoring students assigned to that watch, as well as mentoring and assisting the Co-Chief Scientist on the opposite watch. Together with the Co-Chief, and other sampling teams, the Chief Scientist will prepare, maintain, distribute, and execute a running station and sampling plan that meets cruise and program objectives and efficiently utilizes time and seawater resources; define the sampling plan and sampling levels for each parameter in accordance with GO-SHIP guidelines and the requests of the individual measuring teams; communicate regularly and as needed with the Captain, officers, crew, and shipboard technicians; see that assistance with water sampling (i.e., “sample cop” and/or drawing samples) is provided on every cast; ensure that the CTD watch safely runs the CTD console on station according to the guideline provided by the program and completes the routine forms required for each station; assist with at-sea data review and documentation; and work with all on-board teams to prepare the draft cruise report before end of cruise; and throughout the cruise act as supportive resource for all members of the science party.
Post-cruise: The Chief Scientist will review and edit the GO-SHIP cruise report drafted at sea, and respond as needed to continued inquiries regarding data, quality codes, and documentation. Post-cruise documentation may be required by UNOLS and by the State Department if sampling occurred in non-U.S. EEZs. U.S. GO-SHIP will assist with this documentation as needed. Please note that grant support for post-cruise data analyses is not supported by the NSF grant to SIO unless a specific exception has been made with the program directors; publication costs are available if requested.
Mentoring/training: The Chief Scientist will include the Co-Chief Scientist in the planning, cruise and post-cruise periods, and will provide mentorship particularly when a Co-Chief is an early career or inexperienced at-sea scientist.
SUPPORT: Salary support for U.S. GO-SHIP academic Chief Scientists will be negotiated, and is typically supplied via subawards from UCSD/SIO to the participant’s institution (see2 below). It typically covers time at-sea, in port, on travel, several weeks of preparation, and several weeks of post-cruise reporting. Travel will be paid by UCSD/SIO.
WHO CAN APPLY: Although preference may be given to those with ongoing research in the Pacific Ocean, all are welcome to apply. If there are multiple qualified applicants for the positions (Leg 1 and/or Leg 2), final selection will be made by the U.S. GO-SHIP Executive Council in consultation with the Principal Investigators Committee.
HOW TO APPLY: Email letters of application to Alison Macdonald (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please provide your CV, a brief summary of your research interests and experience and include the name and email address of a reference. DEADLINE: October 22, 2021
The cruise legs are long and will likely pass through challenging weather with rough sea conditions at some point. We therefore recommend that those who apply be reasonably confident that they can handle such conditions. Candidates should think carefully before applying if they are prone to motion sickness.
1 Further Details on cruise activities: (The Data and Cruise Report from the previous P02 occupation in 2013 can be found at https://cchdo.ucsd.edu/cruise/318M20130321. At-sea weekly reports as well as blog posts from the most recent U.S. GO-SHIP cruise A20/A22 can be found on at https://usgoship-a20-a22-2021.blogspot.com/ and https://usgoship.ucsd.edu/news/, respectively). Station stops are planned every ~55 kilometers (closer over steep topography and near coasts) where the CTD/rosette is lowered to measure the temperature, salinity, oxygen, currents, optical properties, and other dynamics from just below the sea surface to approximately 10 meters above the ocean bottom. During each of these stations up to 36 water samples are collected for measurement of various water properties, including a number of oceanic carbon-related parameters (dissolved organic and inorganic carbon, alkalinity, pH, pCO2), along with dissolved chlorofluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), dissolved oxygen, salinity, and nutrients. While the ship is both underway and on station it continuously pumps surface seawater through sensors for temperature, salinity, and partial pressure of CO2; operates standard meteorological sensors; operates a shipboard Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler; and collects along-track bathymetric data. Additional ancillary programs (“Level 2 and 3”) are hosted aboard at a lower priority than the core (“Level 1”) measurements. We also deploy floats and drifters along the track as requested.
2Financial support for the Chief Scientist is provided through an NSF grant to UCSD/SIO, coordinated by Lynne Talley (email@example.com). Except in the case of a directly supported project post-doc, there is no support from this NSF grant for post-cruise scientific analyses, only for time spent on final documentation, which is minimal for this program (almost all work is done at sea). This cruise-specific salary plus benefits support for the Chief Scientist should never exceed (3.0*D/30) months (where D = number of days at sea), and in general will be less than this amount, in many cases much less (typically 2.0), depending largely on pre- and post-cruise project-related activities for each person. A contract agreeing to the guidelines set out by the U.S. GO-SHIP Executive Council must be signed before travel preparations can be made.
STILL WANT MORE INFORMATION?
This cruise is a U.S. contribution to international GO-SHIP https://www.go-ship.org/, which is part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) (https://www.goosocean.org/). GO-SHIP is tracked along with other GOOS observing systems through OceanOps (https://www.ocean-ops.org/board).
Further questions can be directed to Alison Macdonald (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The NMDC is launching the NMDC Ambassador program to provide training and support for early career researchers who are motivated to engage with their respective research communities to lower barriers to adoption of metadata standards.
Application deadline: May 21, 2021, 11:59PM PT
✔Affiliated with a US institution
Including US-affiliated researchers who are currently working or studying abroad
✔Early career researcher
Graduate student or Researcher within 10 years after receiving a Ph.D.
✔Works with microbiome data from sample environment(s) represented by the Genome Standards Consortium (GSC) Minimum Information about any (x)
Sequence (MIxS) standard
✔Works with at least one NMDC-relevant data type
Amplicon, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, or metabolomics
✔Affiliated with a US Institution
Including US-affiliated researchers who are currently working or studying abroad
During the course of the 1-year commitment, each Ambassador is expected, at minimum, to:
|Contribute to metadata training materials||Update the NMDC template training materials to reflect one sample environment relevant to their community|
|Engage with their research community||With support from the NMDC, host one 4-hour workshop to gather feedback to improve sample metadata standards training|
|Spread the NMDC mission||Partner with the NMDC to present at one conference session, webinar, panel, or other event of their choice|
|Share their perspectives||Share updates on two NMDC-relevant activities on a NMDC online platform (social media, website, newsletter)|
|Learn about metadata standards||Attend all NMDC training sessions (see more details under Program Timeline below)|
The estimated time commitment for each Ambassador is, on average, 2-3 hours per month (includes trainings, cohort events, and preparing for and hosting two Ambassador events). Ambassadors should budget time for planning and preparation (specifically, for the metadata standards workshop) during months with fewer activities. The total time commitment for each Ambassador will vary based on factors, such as the target number of attendees or format of the events (virtual or in-person), which is at the discretion of the Ambassador.
Full Proposal Target Date
March 3, 2021
November 12, 2021
Second Friday in November, Annually Thereafter
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to work within and across traditional disciplinary lines, develop partnerships, and avail themselves of unique research resources, sites and facilities. The fellowship program is intended to provide beginning investigators of significant potential with experiences that will establish them in positions of leadership in the scientific community. During tenure, Fellows affiliate with a host research organization(s) and conduct research on topics supported by OCE. Fellowships will include participation in a professional development program that emphasizes development of mentoring skills and that coordinates the involvement of Fellows in conferences and activities that are focused on increasing the engagement of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents. Applicants who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in STEM, or who have attended community colleges and minority-serving institutions (e.g. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaska Native Serving Institutions, and Hawaiian Native and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions) are especially encouraged to apply.
Cognizant Program Officer(s):
See program website for any updates to the points of contact.
COURSE CANCELLED FOR 2020
The Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program (www.us-ocb.org) will support tuition, travel, and housing expenses for up to five U.S.-based students or postdocs to participate in the 2020 Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program taking place June 1 – 12, 2020 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.