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Moldowan Named 2011 Treibs Medalist

Contact: Seth Davis, seth.davis@geochemsoc.org

SAINT LOUIS, MO, USA -The Organic Geochemistry Division of the Geochemical Society has awarded the 2011 Alfred Treibs Medal to J. Michael Moldowan of Stanford University. The award will be presented at the 2011 IMOG meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

The award committee's report stated that 'Mike Moldowan is without doubt the world's leading authority on biomarkers (molecular fossils) in sediments and petroleum. His seminal contributions in organic geochemistry span nearly 40 years and he has mentored dozens of practicing geochemists and geologists. After his postdoctoral work on natural products with Carl Djerassi at Stanford University (1972-1974), Mike began a long first career with Wolf Seifert and others at Chevron Oilfield Research Company (1974-1993), where he developed fundamental and applied technology related to petroleum biomarkers. Mike's work both advanced the field and stimulated additional biomarker research by academic, industry, and government organizations worldwide. Mike's second career involves geochemical research and mentoring in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University (1993-present). As Research Professor at Stanford, Mike leads the Molecular and Organic Geochemistry Industrial Affiliates Program (MOGIA) and continues to play an active role training the next generation of petroleum and environmental geochemists and geologists. Mike's work has had major impact on our understanding of the thermal evolution of organic matter in sediments, molecular fossil records of paleoenvironment, evolution, and global change, and petroleum biodegradation.'

The Alfred Treibs Award is awarded annually by the Organic Geochemistry Division of the Geochemical Society for major achievements, over a period of years, in organic geochemistry. Treibs awardees are also named Geochemical Fellows of the Geohcemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

The Geochemical Society is a scientific society, founded in 1955, to encourage the application of chemistry to the solution of geological and cosmological problems. Membership is global with over 3,200 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 55 countries. The GS Business Office is based in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department of Washington University in St. Louis.