Specialists in the biology of hydrothermal vents gathered June 29 - July 3, 2009, in Okinawa, Japan, for the 4th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE). The Symposium, sponsored in part by InterRidge, brought together approximately 200 scientists from across the globe. InterRidge presented two awards to students Dennis Fink and Daphne Cuvelier:
- Dennis Fink, from Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, received the “hottest” poster award, for his work titled, “Symbiont response to changes in vent fluid flow.” Dennis is a second year graduate student, supervised by Nicole Dubilier and Christian Borowski. He will continue his work on a cruise to Menez Gwen hydrothermal vent in 2010; and
- Daphne Cuvelier, from University of the Azores, received the “hottest” oral presentation award, for her talk titled, “A first decadal study (1994-2008) of community dynamics on an Atlantic hydrothermal edifice as revealed by high-resolution video image analysis.” Daphne is in her last year as a Ph.D. student, supervised by Ricardo Serrão Santos and Ana Colaço, and with additional supervisors at Ifremer (D. Desbruyères, J. Sarrazin), NOC (P. Tyler, J. Copley) and NHM (A. Glover).
Judges for the competition, Stephane Hourdez, Vent Ecology Working Group Co-Chair, and Stace Beaulieu, InterRidge Coordinator, had a very difficult time choosing among the approximately 60 student presentations. Yoshi Fujiwara, newly-elected Vent Ecology Working Group Co-Chair, helped in the final decision, serving as a “tie breaker.”