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.

Jenny Middleton

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2023

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.

Pallavi Anand

Open University, UK

I arrived in the UK, leaving my home country for the first time, to do a PhD. It was a culture and climate shock but also pretty exciting times to be studying at a diverse University town (almost felt like living in a bubble). My second move, in yet another foreign land, when I experienced what it feels like to be an immigrant. However, my passion for science and providing opportunities to the next generation have helped me keep going, particularly when I am undervalued. I have come this far by taking opportunities and persevering with overcoming barriers. I have learned a lot from my wide educational experiences in life: I have attended a small village school in India where I had to bring my own sack for sitting as well as having been at a University where someone came to clean my room and make my bed! With these diverse set of life experiences, I hope to connect with people and contribute to EAG and GS's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees.

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.

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

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2023

Kennet E. Flores is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research focuses on petrology and tectonic process in subduction zones. He combines field observations, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, and kinematics to better understand 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

Nivea Magalhães

University of Exeter

Term: 6/2020 - 6/2023

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, and am now at the University of Exeter. 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.

Johanna Marin Carbonne

Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland

I am an assistant professor in geochemistry, and my parents were teachers in a small town of Brittany in France. I am well aware of my luck and privileges to be a highly educated woman. Anyway, along the path, I have witnessed and sometimes been the victim of discrimination and harassment behaviours. I have learned a lot from these various experiences but I don’t want to be silent anymore and I want to be a part of the current change to deeply transform STEM and Geochemistry to be a more diverse and inclusive field. Working in collaborative ways with diverse scientists is not only important for Science at large, but is also important to me personally. We learn so much from each other. I hope that we can build a more inclusive and welcoming community where we don’t have to erase or hide who we are as geochemists. “Alone we go faster but together we go further”.

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."

Mariano Remirez

George Mason University

Term: 01/2023-01/2025

Mariano obtained his Bachelor in Geology (2014) and his PhD in Natural sciences(2020) from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, in Argentina.  Currently, he holds a COS Postdoctoral Research Position in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences at George Mason University, Virginia. His work focuses on reconstructing paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic conditions in ancient seas using low-temperature geochemical techniques. He has spent most of his career to the study of mudrocks for a comprehensive understanding of the processes and conditions for their deposition, as well as to study global carbon cycle perturbations, mass extinctions, and recently, ocean circulation. Also, he is interested in education research and in the history of sciences, as well as strongly committed to building a more equitable environment in the earth sciences.

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.

Pradip K. Singh

Department of Geology, BHU, Varanasi, India.

Term: 01/2023-01/2025

Dr. Pradip K. Singh, an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), India. Dr. Singh was born and raised around the Vindhyan mountain range, and despite being a farmer's son, he pursued a career in geology. As a first-generation doctor in his family, he is primarily interested in crustal petrology, geochemistry, and geochronology of Archean granite-greenstone terranes to understand the history and evolution of Archean cratons. Dr. Singh has gained extensive educational experience throughout his life, completing his PhD at IPICYT, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and working as a visiting researcher during his doctoral research at UNICAMP, Brazil, and subsequently as a postdoctoral researcher at IGGCAS, Beijing, China. Dr. Singh understands firsthand the challenges faced not only by underrepresented minorities in Geosciences but also beyond. As someone who has faced the challenges of being an underrepresented minority in the Geosciences and beyond, Dr. Singh is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through his teaching, scholarship, and service.