Using unique drills for the first time, an international team of scientists collected rock samples from the shallow mantle of the ocean crust that bear signs of life, unique carbon cycling, and ocean crust movement. Dr. Beth Orcutt co-led the expedition with Dr. Gretchen Früh-Green (ETH Zurich, Switzerland).
David Emerson had another paper published in Frontiers in Microbiology that shed additional light on the role of iron oxidizing bacteria. Emerson and colleagues confirmed that iron present in basalt in the abyssal plain of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge serves as an energy source for bacteria.
The Harold Alfond Foundation awarded Bigelow Laboratory $3.1 m for construction of a 32-bed student and visiting scientist residence with four visitor’s apartments on the Laboratory’s East Boothbay Campus. Groundbreaking is set for April 2016, with opening in September 2017.