InterRidge Student Presentation Awards at 4th CBE Symposium

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).

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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.”