Call for Nominations: Goldschmidt Special Lectures

August 23, 2018

The GS is seeking nominations from the community for three lectures to be presented next August at Goldschmidt2019. The F. Earl Ingerson Lecture is open to any geochemical topic with broad appeal. The Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture recognizes a prominent scientist who is making cutting-edge field-based measurements or laboratory measurements on field samples in biogeochemistry. The lecture honoring Robert Berner includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface. The nominations deadline for all three lectures is Oct. 31, 2018.

Learn more about the Berner Lecture

Learn more about the Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture

Learn more about the Ingerson Lecture


Goldschmidt2018 in the News

August 22, 2018

The groundbreaking science presented at the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference made headlines around the world. Here are a few highlights:

BBC Radio: Interview with Ian Power on magnesite Scientists create mineral to absorb CO2 from atmosphere
Scientific American: Meteorites May Have Created Some of Earth's Oldest Rocks
Newsweek: Earth's Ingredients Are Uncannily Similar to Planetary Systems 456 Light-Years Away
Die Welt: Fukushima schlimmer belastet als erwartet

Elements: Central Andes: Mountains, Magmas, and Minerals

August 02, 2018

The Central Andes in South America preserve the complicated interplay between tectonics, magmatism, and climate at an active continental margin. This "field-based" issue explores the development of the Andean Cordillera topography and provides insights into magma generation, volcanism, and ignimbrite "flare-ups". Also explored in this issue are the origins and sources of the spectacular salt deposits in the Atacama Desert and the world's largest porphyry copper deposits.

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

Elements: Terroir: Science Related to Grape and Wine Quality

June 07, 2018

The French have a word for all aspects of the wine environment: ​​terroir. Terroir is the integration of all individual factors that contribute to wine quality. This issue explores the physical environment that shapes the character and quality of wine, ranging from geology and soils to viticulture and climate. It also discusses some of the technological advances such as drones, remote sensing, and precision agriculture that are revolutionizing the production of fine wine.

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

Alex Sessions Named 2018 John Hayes Award Recipient

May 30, 2018

Alex L. Sessions, Professor of Geobiology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech (USA), will receive the first John Hayes Award this summer. The award is given to a mid-career scientist for outstanding accomplishments that draw together multiple fields of investigation to advance biogeochemical science. It was created last year by the Organic Geochemistry Division and a group of friends, colleagues, and students of John Hayes. Prof. Sessions will accept the award this summer at the Gordon Research Conference on Organic Geochemistry.

Category: Society News
Tags: Awards, OGD

2017 Report to Our Members

April 30, 2018

Read the 2017 Report to Our Members

The GS is pleased to present this report summarizing the annual activities of the society for 2017. It is designed to present important facts about the programs and finances of the society in a concise format. We welcome your comments on the report by contacting the business office.

Category: Society News

Elements: Comets

April 19, 2018

The articles in this issue of Elements provide a fascinating account of comets and the making of our planetary system. We learn why comets are visible to the naked eye, about their complex organic geochemistry, the surprising find of free O2, and the likelihood of a comet impact on Earth. Articles present concise reviews of what has been learned regarding the mineralogy, geochemistry, and geology of comets from the Giotto, Vega, Stardust, Stardust NEXT, Deep Impact, and Rosetta missions to comets Halley, Wild 2, Borrelly, Tempel 1, and Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Processes that force comets to interact with other Solar System bodies are also discussed.

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

Organic Geochemistry Division Announces Best Paper Award

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.

Learn more about the Best Paper Award

Category: Society News
Tags: OGD, Awards

Noah Planavsky Named 2018 F.W. Clarke Medalist

February 26, 2018

Noah Planavsky, Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University, will receive the 2018 F.W. Clarke Award this summer. 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. Planavsky is recognized for his work on mid-Proterozoic oxygen levels, as defined by his novel application of the chromium (Cr) isotope proxy. The award will be formally presented at the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference in Boston this August.

Category: Society News
Tag: Awards

Stefan Schouten Named 2018 Alfred Treibs Medalist

February 26, 2018

Stefan Schouten, Senior Research Scientist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, will receive the 2018 Alfred Treibs Award this summer. Presented by the society's Organic Geochemistry Division, the award is given for major achievements, over a period of years, in organic geochemistry. Prof. Schouten is recognized for his unique contributions to organic geochemistry, paleoclimatology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and microbiology, including particularly the development and application of new organic proxies.

Category: Society News
Tag: Awards