Monday, June 12, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Postdoc in Paleoecology or Sedimentary Geology- University of Helsinki

The global biodiversity has changed dramatically during the past 550 million years of earth history with pronounced extinction events and times of spectacular diversifications. One hypothetical biotic driving mechanism of long-term change is ecological engineering (EE). In our project we will test predictions based on EE hypothesis by the example of the marine carbonate platforms of the early Paleozoic era (541–444 m.y.a.). During this time carbonate sediments globally expanded in neritic marine environments and at the same time marine organisms diversified rapidly. Because these carbonate platforms were built almost exclusively by benthic organisms we hypothesize that the development of carbonate platforms is an example of EE and that the biodiversification is partly causally linked with biologically driven habitat diversification. In a combined effort of an international team of geologists, ecologists, and paleontologists we will test with statistical, geochemical and stratigraphical methods if the early Paleozoic diversification is linked with coeval changes in marine benthic habitats.

The postdoctoral researcher will be employed on a full-time, fixed term, three-year contract with a four-month probation. The successful candidate will join an actively growing BioGeoScience Community at the University of Helsinki and will be part of the scientific community at both the Finnish Museum of Natural History and at the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki. The successful candidate will also likely collaborate with Seth Finnegan (University of California, Berkeley), Lee Hsiang Liow (University of Oslo), and Melanie Hopkins (American Museum of Natural History).

They are seeking a highly motivated researcher with strong quantitative skills to work on one of the following themes: Analytical paleontology, macroecology, community ecology, and the statistical tools in paleobiological research, Carbonate sedimentology, carbonate sequence stratigraphy, basin analysis. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience either in paleobiological research or in carbonate sedimentology. However, as our research is cross-disciplinary it is possible to contribute coming from several different fields. Thus, we welcome applications from exceptional candidates, with a quantitative background, from other fields. However, it is essential to have a genuine interest in the interplay of global change in climate, sea-level and biodiversity. It is also important for the candidate to have strong programming skills and experience in working with large data sets.

Please submit your application as a single pdf file which includes:
• CV and list of publications
• contact details of two references (e.g. MSc/PhD thesis supervisors) 
• a cover letter with a description of your research interests

More here:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Quantitative Ecology of Coral Reefs- Queensland

The School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland is seeking to fill a new Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Centre’s research program Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future. This program brings together ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, oceanographers and palaeontologists to examine the dynamics of reefs across the full spectrum of scales from population dynamics to macro-evolution. They are interested in recruiting someone who can bring new perspectives and approaches to these disciplines. The successful appointee will have access to some ongoing support, and will be encouraged to apply for his/her own research funding. There are opportunities to work with large data sets and to be part of research teams, to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to supervise honours, masters and doctoral students.

The school is seeking candidates with postdoctoral research interests in the long-term ecological dynamics of biological communities. The successful applicant will conduct empirical research into understanding the long-term ecological dynamics of reef coral communities using multiple large data sets at multiple temporal scales. As part of the Marine Palaeoecology Lab in the School of Biological Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence, the position duties are primarily related to the implementation of novel quantitative techniques applicable to time-series data that test fundamental ecological hypotheses in community ecology.

For more information, check out their website:

To discuss this role  contact Prof. John Pandolfi.

Applications close: 16 Jul 2017 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

North American Paleontological Convention, UC Riverside, June 23-27, 2019

Hey Geobiologists,

Save the date for the next North American Paleontological Convention, held at UC Riverside, June 23-27, 2019.
UC Riverside invites the world paleontological community to celebrate the 50 years of NAPC and the diversity and vitality of our science through sessions, workshops, field-trips, and much more, all with a So Cal flavor! NAPC attracts a wide range of topics and approaches and allows for relaxed interactions in a campus environment. 

The official website is here: 
The facebook page is here:

Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 Division Awards for outstanding research

Every year the GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology division selects three exceptional researchers to receive pre-tenure, post-tenure, and distinguished career awards. This year we had an exceptional list of nominees and we are pleased to announce that the 2017 awards go to Chris Reinhard, Susannah Porter, and Marilyn Fogel. Please checkout their brief biographies below.

Pre-Tenure Award Recipient: Chris Reinhard (Georgia Tech)

Chris studied ecology and evolutionary biology as an undergraduate at the University of Kansas and pursued graduate research in Earth Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. He is currently Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, with research interests that revolve around characterizing the chemical evolution of Earth's ocean-atmosphere system, how this evolution has been shaped by major biotic and ecological innovations, and the ways in which this history can be used as a proxy for characterizing remotely detectable biosignatures.

Post-Tenure Award Recipient: Susannah Porter (UC Santa Barbara)

Susannah received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Yale University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Biology at Harvard University in 2002. After completing a one-year NASA Astrobiology Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UCLA, she moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she is Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Earth Science. She studies the early fossil record of animals and their protistan relatives and has worked on problems relating to the evolution of skeletal biomineralization, the influence of snowball Earth glaciations on the biosphere, the early evolution of eukaryotes, and the Cambrian diversification of animals. She lives in Carpinteria, California, with her husband, Jamie, and her two sons, Willie and Sam.

Distinguished Career Award Recipient: Marilyn Fogel (UC Riverside)

Marilyn received her B.S. degree in Biology form Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. in Botany (Marine Sciences) from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent the majority of her career as a Staff Member at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory (1977-2012). In 2013, Marilyn started her career as a Professor at the University of California, first in Merced, and  currently the Wilbur W. Mayhew Endowed Professor of Geoecology at the University of California, Riverside as well as the Director of the EDGE Institute. Marilyn's research concentrates on understanding the flow of elements through modern biogeochemical cycles using stable isotope compositions of organic and inorganic matter as tracers. She uses this knowledge of elemental cycling in modern ecosystems, to understanding how biogeochemical cycles functioned over Earth's history. Her work extends to the fields of paleontology and astrobiology.

Please join us in congratulating these three exceptional scientists at the GSA Geobiology Division Award Presentation during the 2017 GSA in Seattle.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Assistant Professor - Earth-Life Interactions (UC Davis)

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of Earth-Life Interactions. We seek creative scientists who study the interactions between life and surface environments on any spatial and temporal scale using novel laboratory, field, and/or computational approaches. We encourage applications from a diverse range of disciplines including, but not restricted to, biogeochemistry, geobiology, and paleoclimatology. We are particularly interested in applicants who will expand our current research programs and have the potential to build new connections both within the department and across campus, such as with other departments in the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, or the UC Davis Genomics Center.

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in geoscience or a related field by the time of appointment. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supervision of graduate students and departmental, university, and service to the discipline are expected.

The department's current research programs and experimental, analytical and computational facilities are described at

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, statements of research plans, teaching interests, and contributions to diversity, and contact information of four references by June 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Guidance for diversity statements may be found

Applications should be submitted online via the job listing #JPF01496 at Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair at<>.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Assistant Professor in Carbonate Sedimentology- Trinity College Dublin

This Assistant Professor appointment will be in the broad field of Carbonate Sedimentology. The appointee will contribute to undergraduate teaching, research and student supervision in the School. The successful candidate will develop an active externally funded programme of research linked to Earth and Environment an interdisciplinary research theme in the School. The Discipline of Geology at Trinity College Dublin is committed to education that emphasizes the importance of field-based investigation and observational skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate their experience in both teaching and conducting field-based sedimentology, together with laboratory-based microscopic description of sedimentary rocks.

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to Candidates wishing to discuss  the lectureship post informally and in confidence should email Professor Fraser Mitchell, Head of School: and Professor Patrick Wyse Jackson, Head of Geology:

More information can be found here:

Applications due: Tuesday May 23rd at Noon Irish Standard Time