Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This committee works to help the GS increase the diversity of our society, to become actively anti-racist, and to be an agent of change for making Earth Sciences (geochemistry, in particular) more inclusive, supportive, and free of harassment and discrimination.

The committee will liaise with the DEI working group of the European Association of Geochemistry, the GS Ethics Committee, and the GS Board of Directors. The committee may also liaise with other national and international societies.

Magali Ader

Institute of Earth Physics of Paris, France

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

Magali Ader (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) is a mid-career stable isotope geochemist, fascinated by the idea of uncovering the past history of the Earth, both as a deeply enjoyable brain teaser, played together with hundred of other scientists around the world, and as a way to understand how Earth has become what is it today. She is convinced that this knowledge is key to informing our societies about their own role within the evolving Earth and hence to empower them to take responsibility for it.

But what she likes most is when she feels she is part of a team, and that this team becomes a powerful entity that can achieve much more than any individual, whether it be to advance science or to make our human communities more hospitable. This is what brought her to this DEI committee, because she is convinced that the more team members are diverse, the more powerful and creative is the team.

Francisco Apen

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Term: 06/2020 - 6/2022

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth Science at UC Santa Barbara. My research interests lie in understanding the formation and evolution of continental lithosphere through geo/thermochronology, geochemistry, petrology, and numerical modeling. I am a first-generation college graduate and first-generation American. My involvement in research as an undergraduate was vital in my decision to pursue higher education, and I am dedicated to mentoring undergraduates through hands-on research experience, and actively seek to recruit students from underrepresented groups as a way of bringing more diversity to the geosciences.

Lucy Blennerhassett

Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences

Term: 6/2021 - 7/2023

Lucy is a PhD student with the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) and is based in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her research is focused on further constraining the Icelandic volcanic record for the Holocene using geochemical analyses of peat bogs in Ireland. Lucy is also highly interested in science communication and outreach and actively pursues this alongside her research. She is passionate about geoscience but recognises systemic injustices within the discipline. She believes that science is only at its most valuable when it is represented by all individuals and their diversity. Lucy is committed to helping improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the geochemical community to create a more enriching environment, which can only serve to push scientific frontiers.

Adrian Castro

Wellesley College

Term: 6/2021 - 7/2023

I'm a metamorphic petrologist and geochemist interested in how mountains are formed and how the materials that make up the crust are recycled back into the Earth. As a Latinx and first generation college graduate, I understand first-hand the challenges faced by underrepresented minorities in the Geosciences and beyond. Therefore, I am committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through my teaching, scholarship, and service.

Sumit Chakraborty

Ruhr Universität at Bochum, Germany

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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.

Anthony Dosseto

University of Wollongong, Australia

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

Anthony Dosseto is a Professor in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences at University of Wollongong.  Anthony is also the Associate Head of School (Partnerships and Engagement) and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Champion for this department. These roles illustrate his engagement to address gender equity and cultural diversity at all levels in academia and beyond.

Kennet Flores

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, USA

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

Kennet E. Flores is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of CUNY Brooklyn College. His research focuses on petrology and tectonic process in subduction zones, island arcs, and active continental margins. He combines field observations, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, and kinematics to understand better fluid-rock interaction in the subduction-mantle wedge interface and the evolution of convergent margins.

Steven Goldstein

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Term: 06/2020 - 6/2022

Jenny Middleton

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

I am an Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in the City of New York. I use noble gases and other isotope systems to study paleoclimate and oceanography.

I'm queer, my pronouns are she/her, and I joined the GS DEI committee to help change the culture of our discipline so that geochemistry can be a welcoming field for everyone.

Nivea Magalhães

University of St. Andrews, UK

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

I obtained a Bachelor (2011) and Master (2013) degrees from the University of São Paulo, and my PhD (2019) from the University of Maryland, College Park. I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto before joining the University of St Andrews as a Research Scientist in 2020. I consider myself a stable isotope geochemist and use multiple systems (H, C, S) in a multitude of geological problems related to the Archean, with a particular focus on petrology-related questions.

I am personally invested in promoting these discussions about diversity, inclusion, and equity because of the many difficulties I have faced in my journey to where I am today. I hope that I can use my experiences and my voice to be able to help create change in our field towards a more positive, accepting, and diverse environment.

Zié Ouattara

University of Man, Côte d'Ivoire

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

Dr Ouattara Zié is an Associate Professor from the Université de Man, Côte d'Ivoire that he joined in 2017. He is teaching in the fields of petrology and metallogeny and also conducting research on the characterization of the mineral resource. Ouattara Zié completed his PhD in 2015 by investigating the Bonikro gold deposit.

"I am Ouattara Zié, a metallogenist and geochemist with a strong desire to contribute to the society. I am involved in the Université de Man since 2017 in Côte d'Ivoire. Before that, I was at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan where I undertook all of my curriculum until to my PhD in 2015. My researches always focused on mineral resource (mostly on gold). My main achievement is to have brought to light the first intrusion-related gold system in Côte d'Ivoire: the Bonikro deposit.

In 2019, I chaired the session 5B on "New Mineral Exploration Challenges'' at Goldschmidt in Barcelona, as a result of almost a decade of volunteering at international youth leadership and scientific associations. As a student, I joined the Young Earth-Scientist and also young committees interested in the understanding of mineral deposits. I contributed as the representative for Côte d'Ivoire and for Africa as well and partook to conferences. These experiences inspire me serve in the DEI GS committee.

My willingness to help the society motivates me every day through my initiatives in my university where great challenges are to be overcome for the students and also for my colleagues."

Olivier Pourret

UniLaSalle, France

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

Olivier Pourret received his PhD in Earth Sciences in 2006 from Université de Rennes 1 (France) and his habilitation in Earth Sciences in 2013 from Université Picardie Jules Verne (France). He is now associate professor of geochemistry in the Agroecology and Hydrogeochemistry (AGHYLE) group at Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle, Beauvais (France). His research interests include trace metal fractionation and particularly Rare Earth Elements and cobalt in low-temperature aqueous systems, from rock to water, soil and vegetation (i.e. the Critical Zone). He tweets @olivier_pourret and his ORCID is 0000-0001-6181-6079.

He advocates for Open Science, just Science done right, and gets involved in various DEI initiatives, especially fighting against disability discrimination since one of his sons has a rare genetic disease.

Ashaki A. Rouff

Rutgers University, USA

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

Ashaki Rouff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark NJ USA. Her research focuses on understanding macroscopic and molecular-scale processes influencing contaminant behavior in natural and human-impacted systems. Current projects include nutrient recovery from wastes and wastewater, thermochemical evaluation of sorbents for contaminant gases, and heavy metal speciation in urban soils. The overarching goals of her research are environmental preservation, sustainable use of resources and promotion of a diverse geochemical workforce. She currently serves as Chair of the Division of Geochemistry of the American Chemical Society.

Roberta Rudnick

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

Roberta Rudnick is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the origin and evolution of the continents, particularly the lower continental crust and the underlying mantle lithosphere. Emphasis is placed on integration of data from a wide diversity of sources, including petrography, petrology, major and trace element geochemistry, stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, and geophysics in order to determine the bulk composition of the crust, the processes that have influenced its composition through time, and why the Earth has continents. She is a Geochemistry Fellow and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

"Diversity in Earth Sciences, including geochemistry, is appallingly low. In the thirty two years since I obtained my PhD, the proportion of women in faculty positions has grown slightly, but still lags significantly behind the proportion of women obtaining PhDs. The proportion of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) faculty lags even further behind. I am eager to work with the GS's DEI committee to strengthen our science by recruiting, supporting, and welcoming these people to our discipline."

Aradhna Tripati

University of California Los Angeles, USA

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2022

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