Prof. Miryam Bar-Matthews, Geological Survey of Israel, was this year's EAG Distinguished Lecturer and presented several lectures on speleothems in Croatia, Hungary and Ukraine. Videos of the following lectures are now available:
The aim of the EAG is to promote geochemistry as widely as possible. For 2016 we are happy and proud to co-organise several geochemical sessions at the EGU General Assembly 2016 (Vienna, 17-22 April). We invite you to submit your abstract to one of the EAG co-organised sessions highlighted below. Note the abstract deadline is 13 January and submission information can be found via the link for each session:
- GMPV1.2: The noble gases as geochemical tracers – in celebration of Pete Burnard
- GMPV1.3: Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry and Volcanology
- GMPV2.1: Volatile cycles in the Earth's mantle
- GMPV2.2: Earth's chemical and redox differentiation: perspectives from metamorphism
- BG1.2: Application of stable isotopes in Biogeosciences
- EOS20: Promoting and supporting equality of opportunities in geosciences
As EAG sends publications to its members, it is crucial your details are up to date. To check or update your postal address, find out the status of your membership, or make a donation, you can access your member area at any time.
EAG endeavours to offer a comprehensive set of membership benefits, including reduced rates at Goldschmidt conferences, print and online issues of Elements, Geochemical Perspectives, Geochemical Perspectives Letters, student sponsorship and much more. Rates are unchanged for 2016: 25 Euros for professionals or 100 Euros for 5 years | 15 Euros for students or 35 Euros for 3 years. Find out more or join.
The jury has now selected the best 5 photos in each theme and we now invite you to vote for your favourite photos before 21 December. The winner of each theme will receive a 5-year EAG membership and will see their photo on the banner of this newsletter and on the EAG website.
Microbes exert significant geochemical and mineralogical control on local environments through their metabolic and growth needs. In turn, local geochemical conditions dictate what metabolic processes are possible. This thematic issue is focused on the interface between the Earth, environmental systems, and microbial life. The latest discoveries, theories, “omic” methods, and emerging frontiers in the area of geomicrobiology and microbial geochemistry are discussed.
EAG members will receive their print copy shortly and have online access to all back issues of Elements (user id = email address, password = EAG membership number). To verify your postal address or your membership number, login to your member area.
- A cometary origin for martian atmospheric methane by M. Fries, A. Christou, D. Archer, P. Conrad, W. Cooke, J. Eigenbrode, I.L. ten Kate, M. Matney, P. Niles, M. Sykes, A. Steele, A. Treiman
- Tracing Earth’s O2 evolution using Zn/Fe ratios in marine carbonates by X.-M. Liu, L.C. Kah, A.H. Knoll, H. Cui A.J. Kaufman, A. Shahar, R.M. Hazen
Geochemistry making the news
[Nature News] The source of tantalum, a metal used in the electronics industry and for specialized mechanical parts, has shifted dramatically over the past 15 years, according to a report from the United States Geological Survey. Read more
[The New York Times] Until recently, diamond was the hardest known naturally occurring material. But a new physical process applied to carbon has uncovered a substance that a group of scientists say is even harder. Read more
[Science Alert] Since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft captured images of eerie bright spots on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres back in March, scientists and the public alike have been speculating over what could be creating them. Volcanoes? Geysers? Ice deposits? Read more
[Science Alert] Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted in spectacular fashion, filling the sky above Sicily with flame, lightning, and a gigantic ash cloud. Mount Etna has been mostly quiet for two years, but after intensifying volcanic activity in recent weeks, things came to a head with the dramatic eruption you can see in the video. Watch the video
- Multiple Msc and PhD positions in analytical, environmental and exploration geochemistry - Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network (MAGNET), multiple universities
- Multiple Assistantships Available in Geology and Meteorology - Iowa State University
- PhD Position 'Mechanisms of extracellular microbial electron transfer' - University of Tuebingen
- Three year PhD position in isotope geochemistry - Leibniz Universität Hannover Institut für Mineralogie
- Graduate Student Opportunities in Arctic Paleoclimatology - University at Buffalo Biogeochemistry Lab
- PhD position in reactive transport modeling, PhD position in soil biogeochemistry, PhD position in groundwater nutrient modeling - University of Waterloo
- PhD Student Position in Environmental Geochemistry of Thallium - EAWAG
- Several PhD Projects - University of Manchester
- Postdoctoral Research Associate in: Autocatalysis and mineral/organic self-organization in the earliest Earth - Spanish National Research Council Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences Laboratory of Crystallographic Studies
- Full-Time faculty position in Geoscience - Universite Libre de Bruxelles
- Tenure-track associate or assistant professor in astrobiology - Okayama University, Misasa
- Professor or Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Experimental Geochemistry/Mineral Physics - ETH Zürich
Conferences and short courses
- EGU General Assembly 2016: Abstract deadline 13 January
- Water Rock Interaction 15: Abstract deadline 29 January - EAG members can register at member rate
- Workshop Without Walls: Upstairs Downstairs - Consequences of Internal Planet Evolution for the Habitability and Detectability of Life on Extrasolar Planets - 17-19 February
We thank you for your attention