Biogeochemical Interactions at Deep-Sea Vents

Objective: Our Working Group's first objective is to strengthen the scientific exchange between chemists, biogeochemists, geochemists, and microbial ecologists thereby gaining a better understanding of the interplay between biotic and abiotic processes in hydrothermal environments.

Chair - Nadine Le Bris (IFREMER)
Group Members - Antje Boetius (Max Planck Institute für Marine Mikrobiologie); Margaret K. Tivey (WHOI); George W. Luther III (University of Delaware); Christopher R. German (WHOI); Frank Wenzhöfer (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology); Jean-Luc Charlou (IFREMER); William E. Seyfried Jr (University of Minnesota); Danielle Fortin (University of Ottawa); F. Grant Ferris (University of Toronto); Ken Takai (JAMSTEC), John A. Baross (University of Washington), Xiqiu Han (Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China), & Y.V.B. Sarma (National Institute of Oceanography, India)

(Working group active 2004 - 2009;
new SCOR/IR WG working group that developed from IRTI: Hydrothermal Energy and Ocean Carbon Cycles)

2008 Update

Biogeochemical Interactions at Deep-Sea Vents Working Group Update 2008 N. Le Bris, Working Group Chair Members The WG for Biogeochemical Interactions at Deep-Sea Vents had one new change in membership for 2008. Huaiyang Zhou has joined the IR WG for Deep-Earth Sampling, and we invited Xiqiu Han (Second Institute of Oceanography, China) to join our WG in replacement. Xiqiu's expertise in oxygen and carbon isotopic signatures of chemosynthetic processes fits perfectly with the WG objectives, and she will bring a complementary view from China.

New SCOR Working Group: "Hydrothermal energy transfer and its impact on ocean carbon cycles"

InterRidge is pleased to announce the approval of a new SCOR Working Group in Oct. 2008, to be co-funded by InterRidge, on "Hydrothermal energy transfer and its impact on ocean carbon cycles." This new Working Group (SCOR WG 135) is co-chaired by Nadine Le Bris (IFREMER, France) and Chris German (WHOI, USA). The proposal was developed from discussions at the InterRidge Theoretical Institute (IRTI) on Biogeochemical Interaction at Deep-Sea Vents, held in September 2007.

Biogeochemical Interactions at Vents WG Discussion

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InterRidge Theoretical Institute ‘Biogeochemical interaction at deep-sea vents’

09/10/2007 00:00
09/14/2007 13:00

IRTI 2007 Workshop Report (PDF, 614KB)


Working Group Participants



The goal of this Theoretical Institute was to encourage multidisciplinary convergence in the study of interactions occurring at deep-sea vent sites between the biological and chemical components of the environment, and to increase collaborative efforts to develop new techniques for making key measurements to achieve this goal. The InterRidge Theoretical Institute was held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and was comprised of two parts: 2 days of Short Courses and Advanced Lectures; and 3 days of Workshops.