Dawn Cardace


  • Geobiology, microbe-mineral interactions, ultramafic rocks
  • Astrobiology
  • Geoscience Education

Research activity

  • Ongoing research in the Coast Range Ophiolite, Northern California, go to https://web.uri.edu/cromo/


  • Postdoctoral Fellow. 2007-2010 NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, NASA Ames
  • Research Center, Exobiology Branch, Moffett Field, CA
  • Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2006 Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2003 Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., 1995, Swarthmore College

Selected Publications

D. Cardace, D.R. Meyer-Dombard, K.M. Woycheese and C.A. Arcilla. (In review) Feasible Metabolic Schema Associated with High pH Springs in the Philippines. In Review. Frontiers in Microbiology, Special Issue: Portals to the Deep Biosphere.

M. Crespo-Medina, K.I. Twing, M.D. Kubo, T.M. Hoehler, D. Cardace, T. McCollom, and M.O. Schrenk. (In review) Microbial Metabolism of Carbon Compounds in Continental Serpentinite Fluids. In Review. Frontiers in Microbiology, Special Issue: Portals to the Deep Biosphere.

D.R. Meyer-Dombard, K.M. Woycheese, E.N. Yargıçoğlu, D. Cardace, D., Y. Güleçal, M. Temel, and E. Shock. (In review) High pH microbial ecosystems in a newly discovered, ephemeral, serpentinizing fluid seep at Yanartaş (Chimaera), Turkey. In Review. Frontiers in Microbiology, Special Issue: Portals to the Deep Biosphere.

K.M. Woycheese*, D.R. Meyer-Dombard, D. Cardace, A.M. Argayosa, and C.A. Arcilla. (In review) Out of the dark: Transitional subsurface-to-surface microbial diversity in a terrestrial serpentinizing seep (Manleluag, Pangasinan, the Philippines). In Review. Frontiers in Microbiology, Special Issue: Portals to the Deep Biosphere.

D. Cardace, D.R. Meyer-Dombard, A. Olsen, and M.N. Parenteau. 2014. Bedrock and Geochemical Controls on Extremophile Habitats. In Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments (Eds. Rajakaruna, Boyd, and Harris). Nova Science Pub., Inc. Series in Environmental Research Advances. ISBN-10: 1633219550.

Oyanedel-Craver, V., Narkiewicz, S., Genovesi1, R., Bradshaw, A., and D. Cardace. 2014. Effect of Local Materials On The Silver Sorption and Strength of Ceramic Water Filters. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. MS. Ref. No.: JECE-D-13-00993R2

Cardace, D., Hoehler, T., McCollom, T., Schrenk, M., Carnevale, D., Kubo, M., and Twing, K. 2013. Establishment of the Coast Range ophiolite microbial observatory (CROMO): drilling objectives and preliminary outcome. Scientific Drilling, 16: 45–55, www.sci-dril.net/16/45/2013/ doi:10.5194/sd-16-45-2013

Schifman*, L., D. Cardace, K. Kortz, K. Saul, A. Gilfert, A.I. Veeger, and D.P. Murray. 2013. Sleuthing Through the Rock Cycle, an on-line guided inquiry tool for middle and high school geoscience education. Journal of Geoscience Education Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 268-279 (doi: 10.5408/12-326.1).

D. Cardace and T.M. Hoehler. 2011. Extremophiles in serpentinizing systems: Implications for life on the Early Earth and Other Planets. In: Serpentine: A Model for Evolution and Ecology. Edited by: Susan Harrison and Nishanta Rajakaruna, University of California Press.

D. Cardace and T.M. Hoehler. 2009. Serpentinizing Fluids Craft Microbial Habitat. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology. Northeastern Naturalist (Steuben, Maine) Special Issue 5: 272-284.

D. Cardace and J.D. Morris. 2009. Geochemical evidence for sediment accretion in the Costa Rica Frontal Prism. Geology 37: 891-894, doi:10.1130/G25631A.1

D. Cardace, J.D. Morris, A.D. Peacock, and D.C. White. 2006. Habitability of subseafloor sediments at the Costa Rica convergent margin. In Morris, J.D., Villinger, H.W., and Klaus, A. (Eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 205, 1–26 [Online]. Available from World Wide Web


  • Geology of the National Parks – GEO 120
  • Problems in Earth History GEO – 204
  • Earth Materials – GEO 320
  • Geoscience Internships – GEO 397
  • Biogeochemical Cycles – GEO 462/562
  • Field Experiences in the Geosciences – GEO 497
  • Readings in Petrology and Geochemistry – GEO 533