November 22, 2021

OCB Science Highlights
Zooplankton evolutionary rescue is limited by warming and acidification interactions
Read the highlight and paper in Nature Climate Change by Hans G. Dam, James de Mayo, Gihong Park, Lydia Norton, Xuejia He, Michael B. Finiguerra, Hannes Baumann, Reid S. Brennn, Melissa H. Pespeni.
Population fitness of the copepod Acartia tonsa vs generation under ambient, AM (18oC, 400 µat pCO2), ocean warming, OW (22oC, 400 µat pCO2), ocean acidification, ocean acidification (18oC, 2000 µat pCO2), and ocean warming and acidification ( 22oC, 2000 µat pCO2). Shown are means and 95% confidence intervals around the mean. The purple line shows that while fitness decreased after the 12th generation, it was still considerably higher than at generation zero.  Treatment lines are offset for clarity. No and Nτ (Y-axis legend) represent population size at the beginning and end of a generation (τ), and their ratio is the population fitness. Adapted from Dam et al. (2021).
Ocean Acidification drives shifts in global stoichiometry and carbon export efficiency
Read the highlight and paper in Nature Climate Change by Jan Taucher, Tim Boxhammer, Lennart T. Bach, Allanah J. Paul, Markus Schartau, Paul Stange, and Ulf Riebesell.
Until now, the common assumption is that changes in C:N (and biogeochemistry, in general) are mainly driven by phytoplankton. In a series of in situ mesocosm experiments in different biomes (left), Taucher et al., (2020) found distinct impacts of ocean acidification on the C:N ratio of sinking organic matter (middle). See full figure here.

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Call for SSC nominations - due November 29 (extended)
OCB is seeking nominations for new Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) members, including a new early career SSC member. To qualify for the early career slot, a nominee must have completed a PhD within the last 4 years; both postdoctoral researchers and faculty members are eligible. For the early career nominees who are currently postdocs, a letter of support from the nominee’s postdoctoral advisor is required in addition to the other information listed below. The following SSC members are scheduled to rotate off at the end of 2021:

  • Marjorie Friedrichs (VIMS) - biogeochemistry of estuarine and coastal systems, biophysical modeling
  • Julie Granger (Univ. Connecticut) - nitrogen cycle, stable isotope geochemistry, high latitude biogeochemistry, benthic-pelagic coupling
  • Raleigh Hood (UMCES) - biological oceanography and biogeochemical modeling
  • Adam Martiny (Univ. California, Irvine) - marine bacteria, elemental stoichiometry, genomics
  • Maria Tzortziou (CCNY CUNY & Columbia Univ., Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory) - anthropogenic and natural stressors on biogeochemical exchanges, photochemical processes, and ecosystem functioning

We are especially interested in filling the following expertise gaps:  

  • satellite remote sensing and biooptics
  • coastal/estuarine modeling
  • molecular -omics methods/applications
  • ocean carbon dioxide removal
  • deep ocean and sedimentary processes
  • high latitude (Arctic, Antarctic) processes and change
Please consider casting a diverse net in submitting nominations. We are seeking to entrain new voices and ideas in OCB! Nominees should be at US-based institutions (including Univ. Puerto Rico, Univ. Virgin Islands (outside the continental U.S.), historically Black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, etc.). Please submit your nomination(s) to Mary Zawoysky ( in the OCB Project Office by November 29, 2021 with the following information about your nominee:
  1. Name, affiliation, and email address
  2. Expertise as it pertains to OCB
  3. Abbreviated CV (2-page limit - NSF biosketch format)
  4. 1-2 sentences speaking to the nominee's capacity to contribute to OCB leadership, science planning, and implementation
  5. Verification that the nominee is willing to serve on the SSC

Self-nominations are welcome! OCB SSC members serve a term of 3 years. For more information on the OCB SSC, including a list of current and previous SSC members, the SSC charge and terms of reference, and links to the past year of SSC minutes, please visit the SSC page of the OCB website

OCB Scoping Workshop: Laying the foundation for a potential future BioGeoSCAPES program Virtual Meeting November 10-12, 2021

The BioGeoSCAPES development plan has incorporated numerous events and activities to enable scientific community building and feedback. Ocean metabolism is at the heart of the planetary support system. BioGeoSCAPES aims to examine ocean metabolism at the cellular, population, and ecosystem levels.
BioGeoSCAPES is an international initiative to integrate knowledge on marine microbial identity and physiology within frameworks of community ecology and global ocean biogeochemistry. The vision is an improved, predictive, and quantitative understanding of ocean metabolism on a changing planet can be achieved by combining detailed information on plankton cell status, biochemical processes, and species interactions with measurements of nutrient fluxes, concentrations, and chemical speciation (e.g., macronutrients, including inorganic and organic carbon, micronutrients and vitamins).

A scoping workshop held on November 8-10, 2018 (Woods Hole, MA) was a key step in the development of BioGeoSCAPES. The workshop included 28 participants from ten countries, each serving as ambassadors for their respective countries. Participants decided on the program name, mission statement, and strategic plan. Ambassadors were charged with organizing national meetings to share the idea and vision of the BioGeoSCAPES program with their national colleagues and discuss research priorities for the program. Since 2018, national meetings have been held in Japan, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, and France.
BioGeoSCAPES Mission: To improve our understanding of the functioning and regulation of ocean metabolism and its interaction with nutrient cycling within the context of a hierarchical seascape perspective
The US held their virtual national planning workshop on November 10-12, 2021, with 124 participants. The objectives of the meeting were to: a) communicate the current status of the international BioGeoSCAPES planning effort, b) engage US-based scientists from a range of disciplines who can help develop and champion the BioGeoSCAPES program, and c) identify US science priorities and ways to contribute to a US and international science plan.
Presentations provided an introduction to the initiative, updates on underway intercalibration efforts for ‘omics measurements, examples of BioGeoSCAPES-like research studies, and a summary of ongoing efforts and activities from international partners. Participants of all career stages shared their research and engaged with other workshop participants during two poster sessions in GatherTown. Multiple small-group break-out discussions sought input and feedback on community-building efforts and strategies, including potential barriers to interdisciplinary research and inclusivity, compelling questions and hypotheses that could be addressed by a BioGeoSCAPES program, needed intercalibration activities, and discussions on the kinds of research activities that could contribute to such a program. A report will be made available in the near future.
For more information on the workshop and to view recordings of the talks, please go to the OCB BioGeoSCAPES scoping workshop website and OCB YouTube Channel. There are still ample opportunities for interested scientists at all levels to engage with the BioGeoSCAPES program. You can obtain more information and sign up for the BioGeoSCAPES Newsletter at

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Biogeochemical Sensor Data Working Group Update

The OOI Biogeochemical Sensor Data Working Group was recently established to develop guidelines and best practices for using OOI biogeochemical sensor data in order to broaden users and applications of these data and build community capacity to produce analysis-ready data products. The working group has been convening regular virtual meetings since July 2021, and members are currently developing explicit recommendations for four sensor subgroups: Dissolved oxygen, inorganic carbon parameters, biooptics, and nitrate. These recommendations will be reviewed and shared more broadly in 2022. During the first quarter of 2022, we will circulate an application to identify ~15-20 current or prospective OOI biogeochemical sensor data users (in addition to the working group members) to join an in-person workshop in Woods Hole on June 16-18, 2022, which is the week before the annual Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) summer workshop. We will continue to share information about this Working Group and its products and activities via OCB and OOI communication channels and platforms. The Working Group leaders will present an update at the the upcoming OOI Facilities Board Fall Meeting (Dec. 7-8, 2021, virtual). To learn more and/or register for the OOIFB meeting, please visit

Submit your plenary session ideas for OCB2022

OCB2022 will take place June 20-23, 2022 in Woods Hole, MA. We want to hear your ideas on plenary sessions for this meeting – please submit here.

Call for abstracts - OCB webinar series  
OCB is seeking abstracts for the next set of OCB webinars (20 minute talks with Q&A) - submit your abstract here.

Carbon Isotopes in the Ocean: Ensuring High-Quality Results in the Future Workshop 

Recordings are now available on the workshop webpage and the OCB YouTube Channel.
Day 1 - DI13C and DI14C methods—sampling, extraction, and analysis
Day 2 - Interlaboratory comparisons, historical and proposed
Day 3  - Working standards, interlaboratory exchanges, certified reference materials (CRMs)

Virtual Community Meeting on pre-Arctic-COLORS Data Synthesis - recordings online

You can now view talk recordings from the open Community Meeting, a pre-Arctic-COLORS data synthesis activity, sponsored by NASA and the OCB Project Office. This synthesis activity is an important stepping-stone toward the development of the Arctic-COLORS Implementation Plan and eventually the Arctic-COLORS field campaign itself. We are collecting data and modeling resources to inform this synthesis. Visit the workshop website for more information.
Meeting recordings and information
NASA Arctic-COLORS field campaign

Save the Date: Daily to Decadal Ecological Forecasting along North American Coastlines Workshop 

Daily to Decadal Ecological Forecasting along North American Coastlines Workshop, a joint workshop between OCB and US CLIVAR will take place April 12-14, 2022. Currently the plan is to host the workshop in person in Woods Hole, MA with virtual participation options. More details on the workshop website. Registration and abstract submission will open this winter.
First blog post for the Ecological Forecasting Workshop - "Twelve Top Takeaways: from Dr. Charlie Stock’s 2021 OCB Plenary" by Victoria Coles - read and share your comments on the blog.
Community Announcements
From Dorothee Bakker - An important announcement by Rick Spinrad of NOAA on 3 NOAA deliverables (~55 mins into the recording) for global ocean carbon observations, ocean carbon data synthesis and sea level rise science.

Overview of climate COP26 climate deal

COP26 Virtual Ocean Pavilion

10 New Insights in Climate Science 2021 report

Ocean Visions event Scaling Carbon Removal and the Power of the Ocean

Launching the Global Carbon Removal Partnership - co-led by The Government of Kenya and the City of Los Angeles, alongside a host of others - a multi-stakeholder framework focused on creating enabling mechanisms to scale responsible carbon removal solutions through engagement, policy and agenda setting, creating incentives, and connecting supply and demand. 

Introducing Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal: Three representatives from organizations within the Ocean Visions Network and I had the chance to profile the work we've been doing to advance ocean-based approaches to safe carbon sequestration. Margaret Leinen of Scripps Institution of Oceanography spoke about the outsized impact climate disruption has had in the ocean via warming, deoxygenation, and acidification, and how only reversing carbon build-up in the air and water can resolve the threat. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, formerly of the UN and now at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, outlined the international governance frameworks through which work can advance. And Anna-Marie Laura of the Ocean Conservancy highlighted some of the critical environmental issues that must be addressed. 
Road maps that identify key actions to advance R&D on ocean-based CDR

HERS, Hurricane Ecosystem Response Synthesis Research Coordination Network, December 3, 10am ET - webinar: Dr. Hans Paerl presents "The “new normal” high rainfall tropical cyclones: Linkage to harmful cyanobacterial bloom expansion into estuarine and coastal waters" register
Call for cruise submissions GLODAPv2.2022
GLODAPv2.2021 has been successfully released! But its already time to look ahead and prepare the upcoming update GLODAPv2.2022. We are looking for cruises which have “carbon-relevant” data, i.e. have a finalized cruise bottle file with at least one:
• Inorganic sub-parameter (TA, DIC, pH, fCO2) and/or
• Transient tracer (CFC-11, CFC-12, CFC-113, SF6, CCl4) and/or
• Carbon isotope (C13, C14)
Deadline 17 January 2022. Contact Nico Lange
More info

GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2021 is available - includes hydrographic and marine geochemical data from 77 cruises...Thanks to data contributors and those who have created the product!
Video introducing the GEOTRACES programme - Alessandro Tagliabue (University of Liverpool, UK) / Bill Landing (Florida State University, US)

What does the Intermediate Data Product 2021 include and how can it be accessed? - Reiner Schlitzer (Alfred Wegener Institute, AWI, Germany)

Global Carbon Budget 2021 - Discussion started: 04 Nov 2021

Visit Global Carbon Budget website for 2021carbon budget key results, press releases, and interactive media:

Take a short survey to help improve this yearly publication and share your thoughts about the Report. Closes end of November.
SOLAS Event Report on Iron at the Air-Sea Interface Workshop
The aim of the workshop was to improve the understanding on how atmospheric bioaccessible iron moves across the atmosphere-ocean interface and becomes bioavailable for ocean ecosystems and at scales important for the carbon cycle.
ESA, together with PML and support from NASA, is organising an Ocean Carbon From Space Workshop, to be held virtually from 14 to 18 February 2022.
This workshop is being organised as the second workshop in the CLEO (Colour and Light in the ocean from Earth Observations) Series and is a contribution to the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Work Plan on the Aquatic Carbon Application area, as endorsed by the CEOS Ocean Colour Radiometry Virtual Constellation (OCR-VC) founded within the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG).  The main objective of the workshop is to bring together remote sensing scientists, field scientists and modellers around the common topic of ocean carbon, its pools and fluxes, its variability in space and time and the understanding of its processes and interactions with the earth system. The aim is to articulate a collective view of the current status, identify gaps in knowledge and formulate the scientific roadmap for the next decade, with an emphasis on evaluating where Earth Observations (EO) may contribute.
Abstract submission is open until December 8
Call for Applications: U.S. Carbon Program Leadership Award

Apply to Working Group: Aquatic N2 Fixation RCN: RCO1: Rate variation and biological diversity of N2-fixers - Deadline December 6

Call for 2022 SCOR Visiting Scholars(applications due Dec. 15)  
Satellite Remote Sensing and the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network: Current Science and Future Steps
Towards a global strategy for monitoring of surface ocean CO2
Education & Outreach
New Jobs & Postdocs
  • The Biological Oceanography Program within the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO), U.S. National Science Foundation, announces a nationwide search for a Program Director (Rotator) with experience and expertise in any area of biological oceanography or marine ecology. The program anticipates filling multiple rotator positions over the next year, and we encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in science.  Review of applications begins December 1, open until filled
  • Assistant or Associate Professor in Quantitative Fisheries Science at the University of Florida. Deadline December 31, 2021
  • Ecosystems and Aquaculture Division Chief at NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Closes 11/22/2021
  • Deputy Director position for NASA’s Earth Science Division. Deadline for applications is November 22, 2021
  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Review begins December 15, 2021.
  • Program Specialist to support the US CLIVAR Air-Sea Transition Zone Study Group. Deadline November 30
  • Distinguished Research Scientist at the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Reviews begin immediately
  • Department of Earth System Science (ESS) at The University of California, Irvine is recruiting an Assistant Professor (tenure track) anchored in Earth system science with a research focus in Physical Oceanography. Application review begins January 2, 2022
  • 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Marine Chemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi at the assistant level to begin in Fall 2022. Review of applications begin January 15, 2022
  • Part-time Project Officer for the GEOTRACES International Project Office (IPO) hosted at the Laboratoire d'Études en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales (LEGOS, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées) at University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Review of applications starts on November 15 and continues until filled
  • Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment is hiring a tenure-track Assistant professor in modeling of the coastal marine environment


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of the Marine Sciences located on the Avery Point campus at the University of Connecticut. Deadline December 15
  • Three postdoc positions for marine ecosystem modellers at the Ecological Modelling Group (ECHO), OGS, Italy. Closes December 12
  • Two open postdoc positions using coupled climate to fish models at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Reviews begin immediately
  • Postdoctoral Coastal Carbon Research Associate at Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Deadline December 10
  • Scientist/Postdoc in Climate Change and Ocean Modelling. Starting January 1, 2022. Application deadline: November 19
  • Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity in clumped isotope thermometry and paleoclimatology at UCLA
  • Postdoctoral position at University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia: Research Associate - Marine Ecosystems Remote Sensing. Closing date: 1-Dec-2021
  • Two open postdoc positions using coupled climate to fish models at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego
Student Opportunities
  • 2023 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program - The application period for 2023 fellowships is now open! Contact your state Sea Grant program to begin the application process. Applications due to your state's Sea Grant program February 18, 2022 
  • Looking to do a climate change interdisciplinary PhD? see 23 PhD projects that use real-time data to understand why climate change responses succeed or fail. The Critical Decade is funded by Leverhulme Trust at Univ of East Anglia
    Due 19 Jan 2022
  • Accepting applications for 2022 NSF Geo-Bridge Program! This program partners with our MontereyBayREU and NOAA CCME programs to provide a funded gap-year experience for recent undergraduates with geoscience degrees (Atmospheric, Earth, Ocean and Polar Science).
New Funding Opportunities
Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship for Students and Early Career Scientists
Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences - open

NSF Coastlines and People Hubs for Research and Broadening Participation (CoPe) - For both Focused Hubs and Large-Scale Hubs (proposals due December 6)

NSF Oceanographic Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (OTIC) (proposals due Feb. 15, 2022)
NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoc program - November 12 target date - see related office hours in events section

Seeking reviewers for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) sign up here

Full list of upcoming NSF proposal deadlines

Engagement Opportunities in NASA STEM 2022 (EONS–2022)
Appendix J: MAIANSE CONNECTing Indigenous Culture and Science through Co-design of STEM Ecosystems (MAIANSE CONNECT) – Proposals due Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Appendix I: MUREP Precollege Summer Institute (MUREP PSI)  – Proposals due Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Interagency Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)/Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) US Marine Life Observations Call. The NASA Biological Diversity Program will be contributing in FY22 and out. Proposals are due December 17

NASA is currently seeking mail-in and virtual panel reviewers for proposals submitted to the NASA Terrestrial Ecology: Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Phase 3 solicitation.

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2021 (ROSES-2021)

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Masters Student Fellowship

NOAA funding opp Integrated Research on Coastal and Ocean Acidification and Harmful Algal Blooms - proposals due January 19, 2022
NOAA Climate Program Office is awarding $171 million, the highest 5-year investment in the program’s history, to support 72 innovative projects that will improve our nation’s resilience in the fight against the climate crisis.

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) FY2022 Broad Agency Announcement (proposals due Jan. 7, 2022) - Topics include:
  1. A Global Multi-agency Experiment on Internal Wave Energy, Mixing and Interactions in the Ocean and Their Representation in Global Ocean Models and Operational Forecasts

  2. High Resolution Ocean Models for Coupled Earth System Prediction Across Space and Time Scales

$100 million USD X Prize for carbon removal
November 22-25: IMBeR West Pacific Symposium 2021: Changing West Pacific Ocean: Science and Sustainability. Register or submit an abstract by October 10

November 30-December 7, 2021: ARSET-Monitoring Coastal and Estuarine Water Quality Using Remote Sensing and In Situ Data. Two-part, advanced webinar series is a follow-on to the training on coastal and estuarine water quality held in September 2021

December 1-3: Remote Sensing for Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions Studies and Applications Workshop Online. Poster abstracts due by October 13. Register here

December 13-17: 2021 AGU Fall Meeting (New Orleans, LA)


January 24-27: Fifth Trait-Based Approaches to Ocean Life Workshop (Knoxville, TN)  (OCB to co-sponsor)

February 27-March 4: 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting (virtual)

March 14-18, 2022: International Indian Ocean Science Conference (Goa, India). Virtual and in person. Abstracts due November 22, 2021.

March 16-19, 2022: ProSynFest2020: Celebrating the decades of research since the discovery of Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus, Córdoba, Spain. First priority abstract deadline is October 31, but will continue to accept abstracts for posters until December 15

*April 12-14: Ecological Forecasting Workshop (Joint OCB-US CLIVAR)

April 19-21: NISAR Science Community Workshop (Pasadena, CA) - The NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) Science Workshop will be an in-person event organized by NASA and UNAVCO to bring together the science community in solid earth, ecosystems, cryosphere, hydro-geodesy and other areas of science that will benefit from the NISAR mission. Registration will open in November 2021. If interested in attending, fill out this form to receive updates. 

May 1-6: Gordon Research Conference on Ocean Biogeochemistry (Castelldefels, Spain)

May 16-20: 53rd Ocean Liege Colloquium GO2NE Global Ocean Oxygen Network Low oxygen environments in marine and coastal waters: Causes, consequences and solutions

May 17-20: 8th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces (Plymouth, UK)

May 23-27: Living Planet Symposium 2022, organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) (Bonn, Germany). This symposium focuses on how Earth observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies and actors are changing the traditional Earth observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions. Deadlines: abstracts 26 November 2021, registration 30 April 2022

June 16-18: OOI Biogeochemical Sensor Data Users Workshop (Woods Hole, MA)

June 13-17: Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability of Metals, Organics, and Nanoparticles: A new edition of the postdoctoral course on Speciation and Bioavailability for PhD students and postdocs who are entering the field or want to deepen their knowledge of the subject

*June 20-23: OCB2022 Workshop (Woods Hole, MA)

September 13-16: 5th International symposium on the ocean in a high CO2 world (Lima, Perú)

September 13-15: Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) Science Conference (Utrecht, Netherlands)

September 22-24: Maria Mitchell Women of Science Symposium

September 25-30: SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022

September 26-30: Metrology for Climate Action Workshop 2022 

October 2-7: OCEAN OPTICS XXV (Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh, Vietnam)

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