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Gordon Research Conference

The Microbial Planet from Deep Time to Today


January 21-26, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Tanja Bosak

Vice Chair:
Alexandra Sasha V. Turchyn

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 24, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Geobiology investigates the interaction of microbial processes with geochemical and sedimentary processes throughout Earth history. The proposed sessions explore modern microbially-dominated environments, examine environmental factors that test the limits microbial activity, and seek to determine the signals of this microbial activity in the geologic records. The major goal of the conference is to facilitate the interactions among different sub-disciplines such as geochemistry, geomicrobiology, sedimentology, and Earth system models and bring them together to understand the co-evolution of life and the environment. We invite contributions that describe current questions and challenges in the field, present novel tools, techniques and approaches that combine microbial physiology, microbial ecology, geochemistry, paleontology, geochemistry and geology, report observations in the geochemical and the fossil records and develop interpretive models of these records.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Geobiology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • The Limits of Life
  • Geobiology of the Critical Zone
  • Rock-Hosted Life
  • Metals and Metaloenzymes in Present and Past Environments
  • Mineral-Microbe Interactions
  • The Coupled Cycles of Sulfur, Carbon and Iron
  • Records of Biological Processes in Sediments
  • Key Biological Transitions in Earth History
  • The Search for Signs of Life
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