Recognizing the importance of making science more relevant and accessible to meet societal needs, Bigelow Laboratory has launched two new Centers for Venture Research, specifically geared to translating basic ocean-related scientific research to inform problem-solving, policy, and public awareness.
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.