Science

2008 Update

Vent Ecology
2008 Working Group Update

Stéphane Hourdez and Chuck Fisher, Working Group Co-Chairs

Members
The Vent Ecology WG was officially created in 2008. It comprises members from 11 different countries and is chaired by Stéphane Hourdez (France) and Charles Fisher (USA). As proposed when the WG formed, C. Fisher will rotate off as co-chair at the end of 2008, but will stay on as a WG member. We will select a new co-chair from the current WG members.

Recent and upcoming meetings

2008 Update

Seafloor Mineralization
Working Group Update 2008

M. Tivey, Working Group Chair

IODP Thematic Review on Ocean Crust Formation and Structure

The Thematic Review on "Oceanic Crustal Structure and Formation: IODP and ODP Achievements November 2002 - December 2005" is now posted at the IODP website (http://www.iodp.org/trc) and as a PDF file listed below. As stated in the Executive Summary, "The formation and alteration of the oceanic lithosphere are important components of the Solid Earth Cycles and Geodynamics theme of the IODP Initial Science Plan (ISP).

2009 InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellows

The InterRidge Steering Committee is very pleased to announce the awards for the 2009 InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The awards go to Susan Lang, a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), USA, to work at a laboratory in Switzerland, and to Surya Prakash, a Ph.D. candidate at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), India, to conduct research in the USA.

BISMaL, a new biological database online at JAMSTEC's Global Oceanographic Data Center

JAMSTEC has just launched a new database, Biological Information System for Marine Life (BISMaL), online at the Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC):
http://www.godac.jp/portal/page/portal/GDC/GPSS216/TAB_TOP
You can search marine species including those from deep-sea vents and seeps around the Japan Islands and browse photographs, descriptions on morphology/ecology, videos, sample records, and references of each species.

Scientific questions and recommendations from the InterRidge Seafloor Mineralization Working Group

The InterRidge Working Group on Seafloor Mineralization (SMWG) has developed three groups of questions and recommendations to advance the scientific knowledge of seafloor massive sulfide (SMS) deposits:
What are the spatial controls on hydrothermal activity and SMS deposition?
What are the timescales for the evolution of SMS deposits?
What are the changes in biological communities that occur during the evolution of an SMS deposit?
Recommendations range from developing a list of criteria to quantify the extent of activity at a hydrothermal vent site, to using cutting‐edge technology to locate and characterize inactive deposits, to encouraging biological studies of inactive and extinct SMS deposits.
PDF file: InterRidge Seafloor Mineralization Working Group - 2009 Meeting Report

High Throughput Project Listings

The InterRidge Vent Ecology Working Group would like to encourage interactions between researchers with common interests in high-throughput genomic approaches for the study of deep-sea hydrothermal vent organisms. For the current list of high-throughput projects, please see: http://www.interridge.org/highthroughput Please feel free to submit your high-throughput listing here: http://www.interridge.org/node/add/highthroughput

Preview to 2009 InterRidge Newsletter: Oceanic Core Complex - Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N

The cover of the 2009 InterRidge Newsletter will highlight research on oceanic core complexes. As a preview to this year's upcoming issue, we posted here the PDF for an article that will be included in the section for International Research at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge:
"Seismic Velocity Variation within the Footwall of an Oceanic Core Complex - Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N"
By, Ashlee S. Henig1, Donna K. Blackman1, Alistair J. Harding1, Graham M. Kent1, and Juan-Pablo Canales2

InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

2008 Update

Monitoring and Observatories
Working Group Update 2008

Chairs - J. Escartin (IPGP, France) & R. Santos (Univ. Azores, Portugal)

Revised mandate for the WG
Our WG started in 2001 as part of the Event Detection and Response and Observatories WG, and the combined WG was renamed the Monitoring and Observatories WG in 2002. The original mandate for our WG was “to encourage multidisciplinary studies at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with the ultimate goal of developing observatory-type efforts on the Azores area, encompassing the Lucky Strike, Menez Gwen and Rainbow hydrothermal vents, to characterize this portion of the ridge and understand the integration of tectonic, volcanic, biological and hydrothermal systems in space and time.”