Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PhD Opportunity in paleoecology (NDSU)

A PhD research fellowship is available for a motivated researcher in paleoecology, paleontology, and evolution from the Department of Geosciences at NDSU. The successful applicant will be investigating marine invertebrates and paleoecology prior to the End-Triassic mass extinction at multiple latitudes, using sedimentology, microfossils, and paleoecological techniques. This funded project also involves the development of mentorship skills for other students and a significant field component.

Five years of funding are currently available, and students with a previous or soon-to-be-completed MS degrees in the fields of geology, earth sciences, ecology, or biological sciences are preferred, although the degree is not required if the applicant has some previous lab research experience. Degree will be offered through the Environmental Conservation Sciences program. 

For more information about the Tackett Lab in the Department of Geosciences, go to

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Propose Geobio Sessions for the 2017 GSA meeting

Help us promote Geobiology at the 2017 GSA in Seattle! Submit a relevant session proposal or short course that we can sponsor! Details below.

Submit a
Session Proposal
Call for Topical and Pardee Keynote Session proposals: 
The deadline is less than two weeks away: Wednesday, 1 February.
It’s time to plan for our 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. GSA is excited to head back to the Pacific Northwest. Our 2009 meeting in Portland, Oregon, attracted nearly 6,500 attendees from over 50 countries, so our 2017 meeting should be international, well attended, and full of excitement! A highlight will be the Seattle-area geology: glaciation, deposition, tectonics, crustal deformation, unconformities, erosion, bedrock structures, and drumlins. We challenge you to propose a technical session and/or a short course that will teach your colleagues and promote discussion about the incredible regional geology. Visit our Technical Session Proposals website for more information, and to submit your Topical or Pardee Keynote Session Proposal.

For additional information:
Dick Berg, GSA2017 Technical Program Chair
Kevin Mickus, GSA2017 Technical Program Vice Chair

Submit a Short Course Proposal
Call for Short Course proposals: 
The deadline is less than two weeks away: Wednesday, 1 February.
Have something that your peers need to know? Courses can be run to develop professional, teaching, and research skills at all levels. Please review the Proposal Guidelines or contact Jennifer Nocerino.


Check out the 2017 Geobiology Course, June 17th-July 23rd!
Applications are due February 10th

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 Southern California Geobiology Symposium

Check out the 2017 SoCal Geobiology Symposium (April 8th), at the University of Southern California! Registration and abstract submission is free. You may confirm your attendance and submit your abstracts by clicking on this link and completing the google form. Abstract submission is due March 3, 2017.

The conveners welcome scientists in the southern California area who do research broadly related to geobiology, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, and more. This year, the symposium will take place on April 8, 2017 at the beautiful Mudd Hall on USC campus. They invite attendees of all career levels, and encourage undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to submit abstracts for posters and 15 minute talks. Feel free to forward this message to other researchers who would be interested in attending as well. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the conveners at

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GSA James B. Thompson, Jr. Distinguished International Lecturers

Seeking Nominations for 2017-2018 

Deadline March 1, 2017​

GSA International seeks nominations for distinguished geoscientist speakers for the 2017-2018 GSA James B. Thompson, Jr. Distinguished International Lecturer. Nominations are being accepted for two dynamic speakers of established scientific stature who can present stimulating and cutting edge geoscience research for one or two tours each. The nominee/s may be either living outside of North America and be able to lecture at North American institutions. Or the nominee/s may be living within North America and be able to lecture outside of N. America on topic/s that are at the forefront of research in order to raise visibility for The Geological Society of America within the international geoscience community. The deadline to submit your nominations is 1 March 2017 (self nominations welcome).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Queen’s National Scholar in Environmental Geochemistry

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University jointly invite applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with specialization in Environmental Geochemistry. This is a tenured or tenure-track position held jointly in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and the School of Environmental Studies with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.

The successful candidate will be expected to address important questions related to the quantity, distribution and fate of organic and inorganic pollutants at the Earth’s surface (in rocks, minerals, fluids, and gases) and within the broader biosphere, utilizing state of the art laboratory techniques, which may be available through Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research and/or the Analytical Services Unit on Queen’s campus. Geological expertise is needed to understand the materials and processes at the geosphere-biosphere interface, and to untangle the complexities of natural and anthropogenic influences on water, soil and air quality. They will emphasize an interdisciplinary and global perspective in a range of contexts addressing the impact of natural chemical processes and anthropogenic-induced environmental perturbations on ecological systems and on human health, supporting informed decisions to solve key socio-environmental issues associated with contamination, remediation and overall sustainability of natural resources (e.g. soil, air, water) that are vital to human livelihoods and well-being. Consideration of resource development, in socially and ecologically sensitive locales and communities, such as the Canadian North or Global South, inevitably involves community consultation, impact of climate change, governance and issues of environmental justice.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are demonstrated academic and teaching excellence. Registration as or willingness to register as a P.Geo. or P.Eng. would be considered an asset.

Further information on the Queen’s National Scholar Program can be found on the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). More information about the position here:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Nominate your colleagues for an award

It’s that time of year! Please consider nominating someone for a Paleontological Society Award. Information about the awards, including criteria, a list of past awardees, and information about how to nominate, is available on the Society’s webpage. The requirements for nomination are not burdensome: a letter describing the nominee's achievements (in less than 3 pages), the nominee's CV, and no more than 5 letters supporting the nomination.

The deadline to submit a nomination is February 1, 2017.

Paleontological Society Medal: The Paleontological Society Medal is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Society, reflecting the objectives and standards of the Society. It is awarded to a person whose eminence is based on advancement of knowledge in paleontology.

Schuchert Award: The Charles Schuchert Award is presented to a person no more than fifteen years past completion of his or her PhD whose work early in his or her career reflects excellence and promise in the science of paleontology, and thus reflects the objectives and standards of the Paleontological Society.

Strimple Award:
The Strimple Award recognizes outstanding achievement in paleontology by amateurs (someone who does not make a living full-time from paleontology). Contributions may be an outstanding record of research and publication, making outstanding collections, safeguarding unique paleontological materials through public service, teaching activities in the area of paleontology, and collaborations with others working in paleontology. Anyone, including other amateurs, may make a nomination. Nominators do not have to be members of the Paleontological Society.

Pojeta Award:
The Pojeta Award was established to recognize exceptional professional or public service by individuals or groups in the field of paleontology above and beyond that of existing formal roles or responsibilities.

The Society seeks to recognize the achievements of colleagues across the range of fields of paleontology (invertebrate, vertebrate, and micropaleontology, paleobotany, ichnology), and from a range of institutional affiliations. And we are an international organization, so nominees from outside the U.S. are quite appropriate.