Meet the Scientist: Evelyn Freres

February 24, 2020

Name: Evelyn Freres
Institution: University of British Columbia
Place of Residence: Vancouver, BC, Canada

What kind of science do you do?
I am an analytical geochemist, with a focus on isotopic geochemistry and multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). More specifically, I am studying the instruments and analytical methods that are used to analyse geological samples, and trying to improve the accuracy and precision of the isotopic ratios we obtain from MC-ICP-MS instruments.

Meet the Scientist: Chiara Borrelli

January 27, 2020

Name: Chiara Borrelli
Institution: University of Rochester
Place of Residence: Rochester, New York, USA

What kind of science do you do?
I am a paleoceanographer. Through the analysis of the chemical and isotopic composition of very tiny organisms called foraminifera, I aim to answer questions related to past changes in ocean circulation and chemistry, climate, and sedimentary biogeochemical cycles.


Richard Carlson Named 2020 V.M. Goldschmidt Medalist

January 21, 2020

Richard W. Carlson, Director of Carnegie Science's Earth and Planets Division (USA), will receive the 2020 V. M. Goldschmidt Award this June. The Goldschmidt Award recognizes major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. Dr. Carlson is recognized for fundamental contributions establishing the age of the lunar crust, the difference in Nd isotopic abundances between chondrites and Earth, and the unravelling of Earth's earliest history. The award will be formally presented at the 2020 Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu.

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Naohiro Yoshida Named 2020 C.C. Patterson Medalist

January 21, 2020

Naohiro Yoshida, Professor of Geochemistry and Principal Investigator of Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), has been named the 2020 recipient of the Clair C. Patterson Award. The Patterson Award recognizes an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade. Prof. Yoshida is recognized for development and application of isotopomeric isotope measurements for biogeochemical studies of oceans, atmospheres, and bio-element cycling. He has developed many new techniques and has been a leader in developing global collaborations on environmental measurements. The award will be formally presented at the 2020 Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu this June.

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Daniel Stolper Named 2020 F.W. Clarke Medalist

January 21, 2020

Daniel Stolper, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), will receive the 2020 F.W. Clarke Award this June. The Clarke Award recognizes an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. Dr. Stolper is recognized for his work on the use of clumped isotopes of carbon and hydrogen to determine the formation temperature of natural methane, and insights into the geologic history of atmospheric and marine oxygen content. The award will be formally presented at the 2020 Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu.

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Elements: Kimberlites

January 08, 2020

Kimberlites are the most deeply derived of all volcanic rocks and are the host rock for most of the world's diamond mines. Kimberlites provide unique snap-shots of magma genesis and mantle evolution in the deep Earth (>150 km and, potentially, >700 km). This issue summarizes current knowledge and controversies on kimberlite formation, shows how kimberlites can be successfully dated, and explores the links between the temporal and spatial distribution of kimberlites and known geological events. Diamond exploration and resource evaluation methods are also reviewed.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements website using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

Board of Directors Election Results

December 16, 2019

(Newly elected board members, from left: Sumit Chakraborty, Magali Ader, Sasha Turchyn, Haibo Zou, Mark Rehkämper, Tracy Rushmer)

The membership of the GS elected six members to the Board of Directors this month:

  • Vice President: Sumit Chakraborty, Ruhr Universität at Bochum (Germany)
  • International Secretary: Magali Ader, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France)
  • Secretary: Alexandra (Sasha) Turchyn, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Treasurer: Haibo Zou, Auburn University (USA)
  • Director, Region 2: Mark Rehkämper, Imperial College London (UK)
  • Director, Region 3: Tracy Rushmer, Macquarie University (Australia)

Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2020. More information about the board and its role in governing the society can be found on this page. Thanks to everyone who voted in the election.

Goldschmidt Abstract Submission Now Open

December 15, 2019

Abstract submission and registration for the 2020 Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA are now open. Goldschmidt is the world's premier meeting on geochemistry and related subjects, attracting scientists from more than 60 countries each year. Registration for workshops and fascinating field trips around Hawai'i are open, as well. Please make note of these important dates:

  • January 31, 2020: Grant application deadline
  • February 14, 2020: Abstract submission deadline
  • April 21, 2020: Early registration deadline
  • June 21-26, 2020: Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu

Meet the Scientist: Georg Zellmer

November 18, 2019

Name: Dr. Georg F. Zellmer
Institution: Massey University
Place Of Residence: New Zealand

What kind of science do you do?
I am an Earth and planetary scientist working at the intersection of geochemistry, igneous petrology, and volcanology, with a focus on the rates and processes of magma generation and transfer, and the role of magmatic volatiles. I try to gain insights through interdisciplinary approaches that may include seismic tomography and other geophysical data.

Vote in the GS Board Election

November 06, 2019

All current GS members are entitled to vote in the annual Board of Directors election. The board governs the society throughout the year and represents the interests of the membership. Please take a moment to review the slate of candidates and vote. The election is open until 27 November 2019.