March 31, 2018
The society's Organic Geochemistry Division recently restructured its Best Paper Award and accepted nominations for articles published in 2015. The OGD is now pleased to announce that the award will recognize the authors of, "Reappraisal of hydrocarbon biomarkers in Archean rocks" (PNAS May 12, 2015. 112 (19) 5915-5920). The meticulous work described in the paper was done by Katherine L. French, Christian Hallmann, Janet M. Hope, Petra L. Schoon, J. Alex Zumberge, Yosuke Hoshino, Carl A. Peters, Simon C. George, Gordon D. Love, Jochen J. Brocks, Roger Buick, and Roger E. Summons. In choosing the article, the selection committee commented that "There are few papers that have made such a profound contribution to this field."
The authors would like to acknowledge funding of this unique study by the Agouron Institute and, in particular, John Abelson and Mel Simon.