Collaborations in California

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 00:01

Melitza and I just left the annual meeting of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI).  During our stay in Marina, CA, we've had the chance to work on professional development, with a special workshop for early-career scientists, and then participate in two days of intensive scientific discussions, where we both presented our ongoing research.  Even more importantly, we spent many hours enjoying California wines, great food, and toasty bonfires, over which we could informally build connections for future collaborations, catch up on the work of colleagues, and bounce ideas off of like-minded people which will influence the future of our research.  Meetings such as this, just as much as the field and the lab, are where great science happens.

While Melitza heads back to the lab to dive into her culturing and RNA extraction work, I will be boarding a flight to San Diego for stage two of this trip: a visit to Dr. Doug Bartlett and Dr. Priya Narasingarao, our collaborators at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  I'll have a chance to let them know what I've been up to in the lab since we last saw each other, as well as get a hands-on look at the high-pressure microbiology facilities they have, and build plans for an upcoming project we're working on with Dr. Isabelle Daniel in Lyon, France.  It promises to be an exciting and informative visit, and I couldn't ask for a better pair of venues than these two beautiful places on the California coast.