The Gordon Research Seminar on Geobiology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.
The focus of this meeting is to explore the diverse and dynamic field of geobiology . The discussions and presentations will address these main themes:
- microbial structures in ancient and modern settings
- taphonomy and micropaleontology
- biomineralization and the co-evolution of minerals and microbes
- life detection for applications to early life on Earth and other planets
- integrating geobiobiology into interdisciplinary research and academic programs
|2:00 pm - 5:00 pm||Arrival and Check-in|
|3:30 pm - 3:45 pm||Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair|
|3:45 pm - 4:30 pm||Geobiology: Present and Future Perspectives|
|Discussion Leader: Niki Parenteau (NASA Ames)|
|3:45 pm - 4:15 pm||Marc Laflamme (University of Toronto)
"The End of the Ediacara Biota: Extinction, Biotic Replacement, or Cheshire Cat?"
|4:15 pm - 4:30 pm||Discussion|
|4:30 pm - 6:00 pm||Poster Session I|
|7:30 pm - 9:30 pm||Understanding Taphonomy: From Life to Life Detection|
|Discussion Leaders: Kenda Lynch (Colorado School of Mines) and Yadira Ibarra (University of Southern California)
|7:30 pm - 7:50 pm||Svetlana Shkolyar (Arizona State University)
"Insights on fossil biosignature analysis of kerogen from fluorescence microscopy and Raman spectroscopy studies of samples of diverse Mars analog environments and ages"
|7:50 pm - 8:00 pm||Discussion|
|8:00 pm - 8:20 pm||Joseph Russell (University of Delaware)
"Microbial Communities of Extant Stromatolites in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia"
|8:20 pm - 8:30 pm||Discussion|
|8:30 pm - 8:50 pm||Michael Meyer (Virginia Tech)
"Preserving Ediacara fossils in mass flow deposits: Taphonomy and in situ analysis of the three-dimensionally preserved Pteridinium simplex from Namibia"
|8:50 pm - 9:00 pm||Discussion|
|9:00 pm - 9:20 pm||Simon Darroch (Yale University)
"Experimental formation of a microbial deathmask"
|9:20 pm - 9:30 pm||Discussion|
|7:30 am - 8:30 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am - 11:00 am||How Microbes Shape Geology|
|Discussion Leaders: Derek Smith (Carnegie Institution of Washington) and Aude Picard (Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen)
|9:00 am - 9:20 am||Franz Seiffert (Federal Institute of Materials)
"Studying colonization on stone surfaces by a model biofilm in a flow-through chamber approach"
|9:20 am - 9:30 am||Discussion|
|9:30 am - 9:50 am||Shannon Ulrich (Colorado School of Mines)
"Cyanobacterial fossil morphotypes help reconstruct physical characteristics and migration of a hot spring pool throughout the growth of its 9-meter siliceous deposit in Yellowstone National Park"
|9:50 am - 10:00 am||Discussion|
|10:00 am - 10:20 am||Paula Matheus Carnevali (Desert Research Institute)
"Biological methane production from autochthonous organic matter in Arctic thermokarst lake sediments"
|10:20 am - 10:30 am||Discussion|
|10:30 am - 10:50 am||Elizabeth Swanner (University of Tuebingen)
"Examining the role and record of phototrophs in oxidation and oxygenation of the Precambrian ocean"
|10:50 am - 11:00 am||Discussion|
|11:00 am - 12:30 pm||Poster Session II|
|Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am|
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||New Approaches to Understanding Biomineralization|
|Discussion Leader: Nicole Von der Heyde (U.S. Geological Survey)|
|1:30 pm - 1:50 pm||Lisa Mayhew (University of Colorado - Boulder)
"Geological Production And Microbial Consumption of Hydrogen During Low-Temperature Water-Rock Reactions"
|1:50 pm - 2:00 pm||Discussion|
|2:00 pm - 2:20 pm||Adam Wallace (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)
"Towards an understanding of biomineralization processes through interrogation of model systems"
|2:20 pm - 2:30 pm||Discussion|
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm||Evaluation Period|
|Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms|
|3:00 pm||Gordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.|