Board of Directors

Sumit Chakraborty

Ruhr Universität at Bochum, Germany

01/2022 - 12/2023

Sumit Chakraborty is a Professor at the Ruhr Universität at Bochum, Germany and director of the central accelerator facility, RUBION, on the campus of the University. He is interested in the timescales of geological and planetary processes, and in how processes occurring on a hierarchy of nested timescales are coupled to each other. He uses physical chemistry, in particular kinetics and diffusion, to develop tools for the determination of timescales. His research is based to equal extents on field studies, laboratory experiments and theoretical developments. He is a Geochemistry Fellow and was awarded the Dana Medal by the Mineralogical Society of America.

Elisabeth (Liz) Sikes

Rutgers University, USA

Vice President
01/2022 - 12/2023

Elisabeth (Liz) Sikes, is a professor of Oceanography at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. She is a paleoceanographer and paleoclimatologist whose research seeks to understand the ocean's influence on the carbon cycle and climate. Her research interests range from investigating the Southern Ocean's multiple roles in controlling glacial climate cycles to modern carbon cycling in estuaries. She gave the Emilani lecture in 2020 at the Fall AGU Meeting and has served as an associate editor of the journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate. She has served the Geochemical Society as a Board member, Chair of the Organic Geochemistry Division, and as the founding Chair of the Ethics Committee. She serves as co-chair of the Southern Ocean Regional Panel (SORP) of CLIVAR (Climate and Ocean Variability, Predictability, and Change) and CliC (Climate and Cryosphere), which is a core program of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). She is a member of the Southern Ocean Task Force for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Vickie Bennett

Australian National University, Australia

Past President
01/2022 - 12/2023

Vickie Bennett is a Professor at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, where she is also an Associate Director and the Head of the SPYDE2R Isotope Geochemistry Facility. Her research applies isotopic approaches to understanding the origin and evolution of Earth's continental crust and mantle reservoirs, early planetary differentiation, and geosphere–biosphere interactions in deep time. She is a Geochemical Fellow and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Frances Jenner

The Open University, UK

International Secretary
01/2023 - 12/2025

Frances Jenner is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at The Open University, UK. Her research focusses on the use of geochemistry for understanding the evolution of the Earth's mantle and the processes that create heterogeneity in the compositions of magmas that erupt at different tectonic settings. She is a member of the Geochemical Society Nominations Committee, has served as editor for the weekly Geochemical Society newsletter, as Theme Chair for Goldschmidt 2022, and has recently taken on the role of Review Editor for Frontiers in Earth Science.

Benjamin Tutolo

University of Calgary, Canada

01/2023 - 12/2025

Ben Tutolo is an Associate Professor of Geosciences at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on the reactive movement of fluids, solutes, and heat in geologic systems, with applications to the geologic and climatic evolution of both Earth and Mars. Ben has served as a mentor to students at the Goldschmidt conference annually since 2016, convened sessions at the Goldschmidt conference annually since 2017, served as an editor for Geochemical News from 2019 until 2021 and is currently serving on the Geochemical Society Award Nominations Committee.   Ben is also currently chair of the Ocean Networks Canada Ocean Observatory Council and routinely participates in science outreach programs such as Skype A Scientist and the STEM Fellowship. In recognition of his outstanding published contributions to the science of geochemical kinetics and thermodynamics, Ben was recently awarded the 2022 Mineralogical Society of America Award.

Haibo Zou

Auburn University, USA

01/2020 - 12/2022

Haibo Zou is Professor of Geology in the Department of Geosciences at Auburn University, USA. His research areas include isotope geochemistry, igneous petrology, volcanology, and theoretical geochemistry. He is the author of the book Quantitative Geochemistry. He is an Associate Editor for Geological Society of America Bulletin and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Christopher Junium

Syracuse University, USA

OGD Chair
01/2022 - 12/2023

Christopher Junium is Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University (USA). He is a sedimentary and organic geochemist focusing on the redox evolution of the Earth, specializing in biogeochemical cycling. He uses a range of geochemical tools, but focuses on the stable isotopes of nitrogen, carbon and sulfur, with a particular interest in compound-specific, stable isotope techniques. His research interests span the spectrum of geologic time from the Archean to modern systems. Current, he is working principally on the Cretaceous and Neoproterozoic with and eye toward understanding future global change.

Craig Lundstrom

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Goldschmidt Officer
01/2023 - 12/2026

Craig Lundstrom is a Professor in the School of Earth, Society and the Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is an igneous petrologist/geochemist who combines experimental petrology with isotope geochemistry to investigate a range of earth processes from mantle melting to magma differentiation to contaminant remediation using U isotopes. Current projects involve characterizing PGE transport mechanisms and understanding the volcanic-plutonic connections of silicic magmatism. He received the F.W. Clarke award from the Society in 2001. He is currently Department Head of the Department of Earth Science and Environmental Change and Co-Chief editor of Frontiers in Earth Science-Geochemistry.

Jeff Catalano

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

GCA Executive Editor

Jeff Catalano is a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University, where he is currently a professor of aqueous geochemistry and mineralogy. His current research program now spans the areas of environmental biogeochemistry, planetary geochemistry, and geobiology. Active projects in Jeff's group investigate: (1) trace metal fate during iron and manganese oxide mineral transformations, (2) the properties of interfacial water near mineral surfaces, (3) microbial utilization of Fe(II) in trioctahedral clay minerals as electron donors on the early Earth, (4) oxidation of iron on Mars by oxychlorine species, (5) redox-driven recrystallization of lead and uranium oxide minerals, (6) clay formation and alteration on Mars, and (7) trace metal limitations on methanogenesis, denitrification, and Hg methylation in freshwater aquatic systems.

Cin-Ty Lee

Rice University

01/2021 - 12/2023

Cin-Ty Lee is a geochemist with interests in mantle and crustal differentiation, ore genesis, weathering, interactions between the deep Earth and atmosphere, and crystal growth kinetics. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers in geochemistry, geophysics and tectonics. He has served as editor of Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems, Geochemical Perspective Letters, and Science Advances. He has served in a number of leadership positions, including being department chair at Rice University. He is passionate about education, science communication, diversity and holding dialogs between academics and industry. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from UC Berkeley and has been a professor at Rice University since 2002.

Liping Zhou

Peking University

01/2021 - 12/2023

Liping Zhou is Boya Distinguished Professor and Director of Institute of Ocean Research at Peking University in Beijing. He graduated from Peking University, got his PhD from Cambridge University, and did postdoctoral research in the University of East Anglia and then Cambridge University. His research aims to apply multiple geochemical approaches for revealing and understanding the history of Quaternary climate change recorded in the continental and marine archives. He is currently using stable and radiogenic isotopes of seawater to characterise water masses and ocean circulation in the South China Sea, the Philippine Sea and the NE Indian Ocean. He previously served on the Science Committee for the 2020 Goldschmidt Conference.

Marly Babinski

University of São Paulo, Brazil

01/2022 - 12/2024

Marly Babinski is an associate professor at the Department of Mineralogy and Geotectonics, Institute of Geosciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil. She uses traditional and non-traditional isotopes to determine the age of the rocks and unravel seawater changes along the Earth's evolution to track major changes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, and impacts on life evolution. More recently, she has explored the atmosphere pollution on megacities using isotope geochemistry, mainly applying Pb, Zn, and Cu isotopes. She is on the scientific committee of the Brazilian Geochemistry Society and member of the Brazilian Geology Society.

Allison T. Greaney

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

01/2022 - 12/2023

Allison Greaney is a radiogeochemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA). She is involved in a variety of projects relating to the nuclear fuel cycle and non-destructive assay of nuclear materials for safeguards purposes. She received her PhD in geochemistry in 2018 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research revolved around molybdenum and other questionably chalcophile elements and their use as geochemical proxies for understanding how the composition of the continental crust and atmosphere have evolved over time.

Alexis Templeton

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

01/2022 - 12/2024

Professor Alexis Templeton is a geochemist and geomicrobiologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). She utilizes spectroscopic, isotopic and molecular tools to characterize the chemical and biological states of systems undergoing active water/rock interactions. Her research focuses on defining the role of microorganisms in transforming the aqueous and mineral chemistry of rock-hosted ecosystems. She has previously been a member of the Geochemical Society Patterson Award and Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture Committees.

Karen Hudson-Edwards

University of Exeter, UK

01/2023 - 12/2025

Karen Hudson-Edwards is an environmental geochemist and mineralogist and Professor in Sustainable Mining at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on understanding the geochemical and mineralogical mechanisms controlling the cycling of contaminants in mine wastes, mining-affected soils and waters and other contaminated environments. She has published > 100 peer-reviewed papers in these and related areas in collaboration with colleagues in microbiology, geomorphology, engineering, business and social science. She has served once as member of the Science Committee and twice as a theme leader of the Goldschmidt conference, Chair of the Nominations Committee and of the F.W. Clarke Award Committee of the Geochemical Society, and Chair of the Environmental Mineralogy Group and Publications Manager of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Carme Huguet

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

01/2023 - 12/2025

Carme Huguet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her overall aim is to understand climate change and other anthropogenic impacts and how they will affect life on Earth, which can only be tackled in a multidisciplinary way. She uses biomarkers and inorganic geochemistry tools to trace the fate of organic matter, past climate changes and their impact on biogeochemical cycles, to understand the links between terrestrial and marine biogeochemical processes, as well as doing multimatrix studies to understand contamination. She served on the executive committee of the Organic Geochemistry Division of the Geochemical Society between 2016 and 2019.

Lucien Nana Yobo

Texas A&M University, USA

01/2023 - 12/2024

Lucien Nana Yobo is low temperature isotope geochemist who uses non-traditional isotopes to investigates the effects of past changes in Earth’s history from marine sedimentary rocks. Combined with these proxies, he also uses numerical box models to understand how these global biogeochemical changes occurred. He holds a PhD from University of Houston and is currently at Texas A&M university as an Assistant Professor.