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Announcement about 2020 Goldschmidt Conference

April 03, 2020

Each year, the Goldschmidt Conference travels to a part of the world to bring together the geochemistry community to share the latest developments in the field as well as supporting, training and encouraging colleagues at the start their careers. Goldschmidt 2020 will be the 30th conference in the series.

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GS and EAG have determined that the conference cannot be held as scheduled in Honolulu. Instead, Goldschmidt 2020 will become the first virtual edition of the conference.

With travel costs and visa requirements removed, we hope that this year's conference will be accessible to more people than ever. The conference will continue to highlight the contributions to the field resulting from scientific observations made in Hawai'i and Oceania.

While a virtual meeting can never entirely replace the networking capacity of a standard meeting, there will be many opportunities to connect with your colleagues virtually, share and discuss new work, and get involved with the programs for early career researchers at the virtual event.

All those who have already registered for the standard meeting will be automatically registered for the virtual experience. You will be contacted directly with regards to reimbursement aligned with the new, reduced pricing structure. Social event, workshop, field trip, childcare and lunch box fees will be refunded automatically.

Details of how events will be presented are still to be confirmed and we will be in touch with colleagues affected when we can provide full instructions for the next steps. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to these very challenging times.

Meet the Scientist: Leye Adeboye

March 26, 2020

Name: Dr. Leye Adeboye
Institution: Oklahoma State University
Place of Residence: Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

What kind of science do you do?
I am primarily interested in the origin and fate of sedimentary organic matter across various environments. Currently, I am investigating environmental conditions at time of deposition of the Mississippian Limestone interval within the Anadarko shelf of Oklahoma using multiproxy, geochemical techniques including stable isotope geochemistry, trace element geochemistry and biomarker geochemistry. My current work will also examine the source rock characteristics of the Mississippian Limestone interval within the Anadarko Shelf.

 

Elements: Abiotic Hydrogen and Hydrocarbons in Planetary Lithospheres

March 04, 2020

Abiotic molecular hydrogen and hydrocarbons have been observed in a variety of geologic settings both on Earth and other planetary bodies. Owing in large part to the utilization of hydrogen and methane by chemosynthetic biological communities, the geologic production of these compounds has become the subject of intense scientific study. Geologically produced hydrogen and methane are also of interest as possible energy resources. This issue highlights recent developments in the understanding of geologic sources of hydrogen and methane, the biological utilization of these compounds, and the potential for human exploitation of these resources.

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

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.

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