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Northeastern Geobiology Symposium 2017

Location Change Due to Weather

Due to the inclement weather, the meeting has been moved from the student union to the Chemistry Building.  Below is a link to directions to the new building.

Directions to Chemistry Building


The Center for Integrative Geosciences at UConn is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 2017 Northeastern Geobiology Symposium on Friday, March 10th.


The Northeastern Geobiology Symposium is an annual day-long conference, organized between universities in the Northeast with the goal of encouraging collaboration and the development of new research opportunities among academics working across a range of fields relevant to Geobiology. Topics of interest are broad, and typically present different perspectives (e.g., sedimentological, paleontological, geochemical, biomolecular) on the evolution of life and environmental conditions in deep geological time.


2017 is the 10th anniversary of the Northeastern Geobiology Symposium, so we look forward to welcoming you to UCONN as we look back on the development of geobiology over the last 10 years, and consider the opportunities and future evolution of this discipline in the next decade!



Full Schedule (PDF)

Breakfast and coffee, 8.00 - 9.00 am Student Union, Room 330/331

Oral Session 1: 9.00 - 10:20am 

Student Union Lecture Theater

9.00 - 9.15 Introduction and safety

9.15 - 9.30 William Leavitt, Dartmouth College: Lipid H-isotopic ratios from anaerobic bacteria record past energetic state.

9.30 - 9.45 Romain Darnajoux, Princeton University: A glimpse at the lichen symbiosis: from metal homeostasis to ecosystems function.

9.45 - 10.00 Michael Henehan, Yale University: How strange was the Strangelove Ocean?

10.00 - 10.35 KEYNOTE: Paul Olsen, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University: Fire and Ice: Changing views and biases of mass extinction.

Coffee break, 10:35 - 11.15 am Student Union, Room 330/331

Oral Session 2: 11.15am - 12.35pm

Student Union Lecture Theater

11.15 - 11.30 Rosa Zayas, University of Delaware: Deep life at the Tonga Trench: a metagenomic perspective from the subsurface ocean to 2 meters below the sea floor.

11.30-11.45 Eli Moore, Rutgers University: Metal availability and the evolution of Archean metabolisms.

11.45-12.00 Marjorie Cantine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Environmental adaptation from the origin of life to the last universal common ancestor.

12.00 - 12.35 KEYNOTE: Jennifer Biddle, University of Delaware: Sequencing the subsurface: Microbes in the marine deep biosphere.

Lunch, 12:35 - 2.00pm Student Union, Room 330/331

Oral Session 3: 2.00pm - 3.20pm

Student Union Lecture Theater

2.00 - 2.15 Katja Luxem, Princeton University: A role for the alternative V-nitrogenase in redox homeostasis.

2:15 - 2.30 Benjamin Jelen, Rutgers University: Revealing the genes responsible for sulfur respiration in Thermovibrio ammonificans.

2.30 - 2.45 Danielle Ramos, Princeton University: Potassium isotopic composition of marine and freshwater fish: An example of diffusive K fractionation in biological systems.

2.45 - 3.20 KEYNOTE: Noah Planavsky, Yale University: Metal isotopes in Geobiology .

Coffee break, 3.20 - 4.00pm Student Union, Room 330/331

Oral Session 4: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Student Union Lecture Theater

4.00 - 4.15 Clara Blättler, Princeton University: An independent constraint on marine sulfate levels in the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition.

4.15 - 4.30 Luke Faggetter, Smith College/University of Leeds: Mercury spikes in the Cambrian Series 2 - 3 boundary: an imprint of the Kalkarindji LIP?

4.30 - 4.45 Qin Leng, Bryant University: A non-toxic and inexpensive histological microtechnique for biological and paleobiological research.

4.45 - 5.00 Greg Fournier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: A phylogenetic signal for Paleoproterozoic reorganisation of the global sulfur cycle.

Poster session: 5.00 - 8.00pm Student Union, Room 330/331

Conference dinner, 6.30 - 8.00pm Student Union, Room 330/331


From the West- Interstate 84 East to Exit 68. From exit, take a right onto Route 195, and follow for 7 miles to campus.

Alternate directions from the West – Interstate 84 East to Interstate 384 East. At end of Interstate 384 East, take left fork to Route 44 East. Follow Route 44 East to intersection with Route 195. Take a right onto Route 195 and follow the signs to campus.

From the East – Interstate 84 West to Exit 68. From exit, take a left onto Route 195, and follow for 7 miles to campus.

From the Southeast – Interstate 95 to 395 North. Take Exit 81 West to Route 32 North. Follow Route 32 North to Willimantic. In Willimantic, turn right on South Street and go over bridge. Continue straight through the light and follow 195 North for 8 miles to campus.


The Nathan Hale Inn on the UConn Storrs Campus

Located near the historic UConn campus, the Nathan Hale Inn and Conference Center offers visitors a convenient, upscale and full-service stay.

The Mansfield Best Western, a 10-15 minute drive

For hotels in Mansfield Center near University of Connecticut or Mansfield Center hotels near Mansfield Hollow State Park then stay at the BEST WESTERN Regent Inn.


The Spring Hill Inn in Mansfield,  10-15 minute drive from campus

The Tolland Inn, a 15-20 minute drive from campus  

Henrietta House Bed and Breakfast in Ashford, a 15 minute drive from campus


Visitors can park at either the North or South Parking Garages (blue). Oral presentations and poster sessions will be held at the Student Union (red).