News

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

Welcome Bulgaria, new InterRidge Corresponding Member

We would like to welcome Bulgaria as a new Corresponding Member of InterRidge, with Dr. Vesselin Dekov serving as Bulgaria's first national correspondent. Dr. Dekov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Paleontology at the University of Sofia. With the addition of Bulgaria, we now have 31 Member Nations and Regions in InterRidge (http://www.interridge.org/nations). Look for the first update from Bulgaria in the next issue of InterRidge News later this year.

First Active Hydrothermal Vent Fields Discovered at the Equatorial Southern East Pacific Rise

In August-September 2008, the third leg of the 2008 Chinese DY115-20 expedition on board R/V DayangYihao has successfully discovered, for the first time, active hydrothermal vent fields on the fast-spreading Southern East Pacific Rise (SEPR) near the equator. This expedition follows the work of a 2005 expedition by R/V DayangYihao, during which water column turbidity anomalies were measured in the region.

Call for bids to host the next InterRidge Office, 2010-2012

Call for bids to host the next InterRidge Office, 2010-2012
Submission deadline: 31 March 2009
In January 2010 the InterRidge Office is due to rotate under the appointment of a new Chair. All interested Members of InterRidge are invited to submit bids to host the new office and nominations for the new Chair. The full call for bids is posted here.

Partnership with International Seabed Authority for Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Translations available:
French
German
Korean

InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Announcement of partnership with ISA Endowment Fund for 2012 - 2014

New SCOR Working Group: "Hydrothermal energy transfer and its impact on ocean carbon cycles"

InterRidge is pleased to announce the approval of a new SCOR Working Group in Oct. 2008, to be co-funded by InterRidge, on "Hydrothermal energy transfer and its impact on ocean carbon cycles." This new Working Group (SCOR WG 135) is co-chaired by Nadine Le Bris (IFREMER, France) and Chris German (WHOI, USA). The proposal was developed from discussions at the InterRidge Theoretical Institute (IRTI) on Biogeochemical Interaction at Deep-Sea Vents, held in September 2007.

InterRidge Biweekly E-News Archive 2008

Below are copies of the biweekly e-news that were sent out to the interridge-mail list. The most recent e-news is listed first, at the top.

Preliminary report on the Hakuho-maru Cruise KH-07-4 Leg 2, Southwest Indian Ridge

The InterRidge Office has just received news from a January 2008 cruise on board R/V Hakuho-maru to the Southwest Indian Ridge near the Marion hotspot. We thank Dr. Nobukazu Seama, InterRidge Steering Committee Member from Japan, for providing a summary of the cruise objectives and sampling. Please visit the InterRidge-Japan webpage for ship track and sampling locations:
http://ofgs.ori.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~intridgej/report_html/KH07-4-2/KH07-4-2.htm

IODP DRILLS International Lecture Series

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) announces the launch of its inaugural lecture series: IODP DRILLS, the Distinguished Researcher & International Leadership Lecture Series.
There are more than 30 lecture events in more than a dozen countries.
For more information and the lecture schedule: http://www.iodp.org/drills/.

FIX08 cruise at the East Pacific Rise

FIX08: An interdisciplinary and international collaboration to study autotrophic carbon fixation and fluid chemistry at 9ºN and 13ºN EPR

An international group of scientists representing five different countries, i.e., USA, Germany, France, Italy, and China, was recently on board R/V Atlantis on cruise AT15-28, named FIX08. They were conducting work on in-situ chemistry of high- and low temperature hydrothermal vent fluids and the characterization of microbial communities carrying out autotrophic carbon fixation.

InterRidge News, Vol. 17, 2008, posted online

IR_News_2008_cover-s The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce that InterRidge News, Vol. 17, 2008, is now available on our website at:
http://www.interridge.org/IRNewsletter

This year's issue features research articles from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Mediterranean Sea, Western Pacific, and Central Indian Ridge, provides updates from working groups and member nations, lists upcoming cruises and events, and introduces our student fellows.

Call for papers for InterRidge News 2010

We are requesting article submissions for the 19th Volume of the InterRidge News, which will be published in November 2010. All papers must be submitted by email to the InterRidge office (coordinator@interridge.org) by Monday, 13 September 2010.