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: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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 - 12/2021

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.

Rachel Bernard

Amherst College, USA

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

I am a structural geologist and visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College in Amherst, MA. After graduating from Princeton University and earning a B.S.E. in geological engineering, I worked as a field engineer on oil and gas rigs and then as a science assistant for the National Science Foundation, before going to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. My experience as a Black woman in higher education and the geosciences has made me personally invested in working towards greater equity and diversity in our field.

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.

Emily H. G. Cooperdock

University of Southern California, USA

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

Emily is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her research group uses thermochronology, geochemistry, and petrology to study fluid-rock interactions and exhumation at tectonic plate boundaries. She is committed to supporting an equitable and diverse scientific community and believes wholeheartedly that science is not immune to systemic injustice. She believes it is our duty to do the work to educate ourselves, create a space for open dialogue about these issues, and engage in actions that reduce bias and increase inclusion in STEM.

Anthony Dosseto

University of Wollongong, Australia

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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 - 12/2021

Jenny Middleton

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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.

Kayla Iacovino

Jacobs–NASA Johnson Space Center, USA

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

Kayla Iacovino is an experimental petrologist and volcanologist working for Jacobs at NASA Johnson Space Center. Her experiences as a female LGBTQ academic in the US, UK, and Europe have shaped her worldview. Kayla is leveraging her substantial outreach experience (social media, traditional news media, and documentary filmmaking) to help the GS curate their online presence in service of making geochemistry a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive field.

Nivea Magalhães

University of St. Andrews, UK

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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."

Alexandra Phillips

Caltech, USA

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

Alexandra Phillips is a PhD student at Caltech studying organic geochemistry, focusing on sulfur isotopes in lakes and oceans. She is also the founder of the social media project Women Doing Science that seeks to increase the visibility of diverse female scientists from around the world. Alex hopes to bring this experience to the Geochemical Society, helping boost their social media presence to amplify the voices and experiences of diverse geoscientists.

Olivier Pourret

UniLaSalle, France

Term: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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: 06/2020 - 12/2021

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: 06/2020 - 12/2021