2002 Annual Science Report
University of Rhode Island Reporting | JUL 2001 – JUN 2002
During this reporting period, project members collectively developed and led the first deep-sea drilling expedition to be principally focused on the exploration of life deep beneath the seafloor. Project members also undertook the first community-wide genetic assays of life deep beneath the seafloor, documented broad patterns of microbial respiration deep beneath the seafloor, tested a hypothesis of thermodynamic competition in deep subsurface communities, and used multiple molecular biomarkers to identify the members of both hydrothermal and anaerobic methane-oxidizing communities in shallow marine sediments.
PROJECT MEMBERS:Steven D'Hondt
RELATED OBJECTIVES:Objective 6.0
Define how ecophysiological processes structure microbial communities, influence their adaptation and evolution, and affect their detection on other planets.
Identify the environmental limits for life by examining biological adaptations to extremes in environmental conditions.