Monday, November 19, 2018

2018 student presentation award winners

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2018 student presentation awards. As usual, we were all impressed with the quality and diversity of research conducted by our student members! Presentation feedback will be sent out in the next week or so (hopefully while everything is still fresh in your memory).

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our members who judged this year's competition. Without your feedback and support, this endeavour would not be possible. We are also very grateful to our student representative Amanda Godbold and Dylan Wilmeth for coordinating everything.
There were many interesting talks and posters at this year's GSA Meeting, so thank you to everyone who participated. The many excellent entries always make it difficult to choose winners, but here are the presentations that rose to the top.

Oral presentation winners:

Kathryn Mudica
 - Bioaccumulation Of Legacy Pollutants Using Lontra Canadensis (North American River Otter) As A Bioindicator

Erynn Johnson - 3D Printing Reveals Strengths And Weaknesses Of Prey Shape During The Mesozoic Marine Revolution

Poster presentation winners:
Broc Kokesh - Phenotypic Trajectory Analysis Reveals Temporal Divergence Of Shell Shape In Bivalves From Adjacent Marine Lakes

Maggie Stephenson - From Palm Savannahs To Hardwood Hammocks And Back: Palynology Of The Paleocene-Eocene Manawianui Drive Section, Bastrop County, TX

Honourable Mention:
Alison Cribb - Ecosystem engineering in the Ediacaran Nama Group, Namibia as a test for biological driver extinction of the Ediacara biota

As with previous years, we'll be handing out prizes at GBGM awards luncheon next year (GSA 2019). 

We'd like to thank all of the students who contacted us and put their names forward for consideration; it was a real privilege to see and hear about the work you've been doing, and we encourage you to enter again next year. Recognizing the excellent work of our members is the most important aspect of the GBGM division, so please stay in touch. It is wonderful to see the faces of the student population of GSA GBGM and there is a bright future ahead for this group!

All the best,

Rowan, Vicky, David, Trinity, Lydia, Simon

GSA GBGM Division Executive Committee

Monday, October 29, 2018

Two positions (Physical Hydrogeology & Paleontology/Paleobiology) - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks to fill two positions beginning August 19, 2019: one tenure-track faculty position in Physical Hydrogeology ( and one (renewable) visiting assistant professor position in Paleontology/Paleobiology (
Review of applications will begin December 11, 2018, but the position remains open until filled.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a Research 1 institution located on the north side of Milwaukee. The department of Geosciences offers B.S./B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs and is staffed by 10 full-time faculty. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For complete information about these positions, including qualifications and application materials, please visit If you have any questions, please contact Shangping Xu (, Physical Hydrogeology Position Contact; Lindsay McHenry (, Paleontology Position Contact; or John L. Isbell, Department of Geosciences Chair (

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth Sciences - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College invites applications for the Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth Sciences. This fellowship supports a scholar who provides synergy with existing research activities within the department and elsewhere at Dartmouth, including the department’s core research areas: earth and planetary evolution, surface processes, and ice and climate systems. In addition, the fellowship promotes student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting underrepresented minority scholars and others with a demonstrated ability to advance educational diversity. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, promise in both research and teaching, and their demonstrated commitment to addressing racial underrepresentation in higher education.

This is a two-year residential fellowship, with one course taught in the second year. Fellows are expected to pursue research activities while participating fully in the intellectual life of the department and the college. The stipend in each year is approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses (exact funding levels will be set at the time of offer).

Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellows are part of the Provost’s Fellowship Program, a multidisciplinary cohort of approximately ten predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars who share a commitment to increasing diversity in their disciplines. Fellows participate together in mentoring and professional development programming, including guidance in preparing for faculty careers.

To submit an application, upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests and objectives, reprints or preprints of up to three of your most significant publications, and the name, address (including street address), e-mail address and fax/phone numbers of at least three references to:

Review of applications will begin December 20, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about Dartmouth College and the Department of Earth Sciences, visit Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

GBGM Happenings at GSA 2018

Hi Everyone,

I am sure you are all enthusiastically preparing for the 2018 GSA meeting in Indianapolis! We wanted to reach out to you before the meeting and let you know about some GSA GBGM sponsored events (and some events that may interest you as Geo(micro)biologists)! The Paleontological Society has a similar list here.

See you in Indy!

Social Events (organized by date) 

Paleontological Society (PS) Short Course: Pedagogy and Technology in the Modern Paleontology Classroom – Saturday November 3, 9 AM-5 PM, ICC Sagamore Ballroom 6. FREE.

Meeting of the International Stratigraphic Commission, The Precambrian Sunday, ICC room 242, Noon to 1pm.

Paleontological Society (PS) Business Meeting and Awards Reception Buffet – Sunday
November 4, 6:30-10:30 PM. ICC 500 Ballroom *Ticketed*

Night at the Indiana State Museum – A Student & Early Career Professionals Networking Event - Sun., 4 Nov., 7-9:30 p.m. $20. Indiana State Museum

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Networking Breakfast & Awards Ceremony
Mon., 5 Nov., 6:30-8:30 a.m. Professionals: $29; Students: $10. Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 4

Definitely come to our Geobiology/Geomicrobiology Division Luncheon – Monday Nov. 5 12:00pm-1:15pm, JW Marriott Indianapolis – White River Ballroom Section D. This lunch is open to all Geo(micro)biologists and is FREE.

Paleontological Society (PS) Town Hall Meeting: As a scientist, how can I participate in government and policy? Monday, November 5, 5:30-7:00 PM. ICC Room 142. FREE

Paleontological Society (PS) Schuchert Talk and Student Social with last year's Schuchert Award winner Caroline Strömberg – Monday November 5, 6:30-8:00 PM. ICC Room 143-144. FREE

Paleontological Society (PS) Women in Paleontology Reception – Tuesday Nov. 6, 6:00-9:00 PM, at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 10 W. Washington St. FREE

GBGM Sponsored Sessions (organized by date)

T37. Global Change: Evolution and Extinctions in the Triassic: Monday Nov. 5 8am-12pm, Room 136-137

T126. Earth and Life Co-Evolution in the Early to Middle Neoproterozoic (1000 to ca. 635 Ma): Monday Nov. 5 8am-12pm, Room 143-144

D64. Advances in Stable Isotope Geochemistry–Applications to Earth Science Systems: Monday Nov. 5 1:30pm-5:30pm, Room 135

T29. New Voices in Geobiology I: Tuesday Nov. 6 8am-12pm, Room 243

T29. New Voices in Geobiology (Posters): Tuesday Nov. 6 9am-6:30pm, Halls J-K

T29. New Voices in Geobiology II: Tuesday Nov. 6 1:30pm-5:30pm, Room 243

T174. Permian-Triassic Biotic Crisis: New Insights through Integrative Studies of Earth, Ocean, and Atmosphere: Tuesday Nov. 6 1:30pm-5:30pm, Sagamore Ballroom 7

T157. Evolving Perspectives of the Precambrian World: Using Combined Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Tackle Problems at the Intersection of Geology, Geobiology, and Geochemistry: Tuesday Nov. 6 1:30pm-5:30pm, Sagamore Ballroom 7

T157. Evolving Perspectives of the Precambrian World: Using Combined Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Tackle Problems at the Intersection of Geology, Geobiology, and Geochemistry (Posters): Tuesday Nov. 6 9am-6:30pm, Halls J-K

T174. Permian-Triassic Biotic Crisis: New Insights through Integrative Studies of Earth, Ocean, and Atmosphere (Posters): Tuesday Nov. 6 9am-6:30pm, Halls J-K

T157. Evolving Perspectives of the Precambrian World: Using Combined Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Tackle Problems at the Intersection of Geology, Geobiology, and Geochemistry (Posters): Tuesday Nov. 6 9am-6:30pm, Halls J-K

T172. Critical Zone Science—Bio-Geo Interactions across Environmental Gradients and Time: Wednesday Nov. 7 8am-12:00pm, Room 134

T172. Critical Zone Science—Bio-Geo Interactions across Environmental Gradients and Time (Posters): Wednesday Nov. 7 9:00am-6:30pm, Halls J-K

Friday, October 26, 2018

Assitant Professor in Earth History - University of Victoria

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (SEOS) at the University of Victoria invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Earth History, to commence as early as September 1, 2019. We seek a solid-earth scientist who undertakes field investigations and observations of the rock record to study global (bio)geochemical cycles in the context of global tectonics, climate, paleoceanography, paleogeography and/or the hydrosphere. We particularly seek candidates who will develop a research focus that examines the Earth as a system. The candidate will be able to interact broadly with faculty who specialize in solid-earth, earth-surface, ocean, and atmosphere processes.

The successful candidate will develop a vigorous, independent, externally-funded research program that complements existing strengths in SEOS. It is also expected that the candidate will supervise undergraduate and graduate students, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to introductory geology, tectonics, sedimentology, geochemistry, geological field schools and/or other core geology areas. A PhD is required at the time of evaluation and post-doctoral experience is desirable. Commensurate with their career stage, qualified candidates must have an excellent record of research published in or in preparation for leading scientific journals. Effective teaching and student supervision are expected, supported by evidence which may include past experience, references, a teaching statement (see below), and the presentation of a candidacy seminar.

Applications, in a single pdf file, should include a letter of application, a detailed curriculum vitae, contact information (name, address, email) for three references, a one-page statement describing the applicant’s teaching experience and philosophy, and a two-page statement describing their current and future research interests/direction. Applications or requests for further information should be sent electronically to Dr. Stan Dosso, Director, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, at Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2018, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Information about SEOS can be found at

Three Tenure-Track Geoscience Faculty Positions at UBC

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites outstanding applicants for one full-time, tenure-track faculty position in each of the three following fields:
1) Sedimentary geology: We seek a sedimentary geologist who integrates field- and laboratory-based research to investigate sedimentological processes and the evolution of sedimentary basins. Demonstrated ability to apply such research as is, or integrated with other earth science fields to gain novel insights into the tectonic evolution of Earth's crust is an asset. The ideal candidate will excel at teaching clastic sedimentology and field school in the undergraduate Geology program.
2) Earth surface processes: We seek a geoscientist who uses the field laboratory to formulate and test hypotheses to elucidate the processes that shape the Earth's (near-) surface. The position targets fields at the interface between the solid Earth and its surface environment, such as, geomorphology, neotectonics, soil system science and fluid-rock interaction. The ideal candidate will significantly contribute to field-based undergraduate teaching in the Geology program.
3) Earth system science: We seek a cross-disciplinary geoscientist who uses an innovative combination of field, analytical and numerical methods to investigate the mechanisms operating in the Earth system, past or present. Candidates whose research profile would demonstrably bridge between our existing strengths in earth, ocean and atmospheric science are specifically encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will teach across our undergraduate geoscience programs.

The positions are at the rank of Assistant Professor, although it is possible that a position could be offered at a higher rank for an applicant with exceptional qualifications. A PhD degree is required and postdoctoral experience is considered important. Candidates are expected to develop a strong, externally funded and internationally recognized research program, successfully supervise graduate students, effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in departmental activities

UBC's strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life.

How to Apply

Application packages should include:
  • i) a cover letter; you should indicate the search area that most closely aligns with your research
  • ii) a detailed curriculum vita
  • iii) a one-page summary of research interests and accomplishments
  • iv) a one-page outline of a potential five-year research program
  • v) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • vi) three recent publications
  • vii) a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within your discipline.

These should be combined into a single PDF document and be uploaded through the UBC Careers website at:
In addition, the names and contact details of three referees should be entered online here:

We will contact your referees and ask them to submit reference letters. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their referees submit their letters before December 3, 2018. Review of applications will start December 3, 2018. The successful applicants are expected to start in July 2019 or at a date of mutual agreement. The positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

If you have questions, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Professor Dr. Maite Maldonado, by email at the following address: email:

Paleontology Postdoc - San Diego Natural History Museum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM). This is the first year of the James R. Colclough Paleontology Postdoctoral Fellowship, which supports research in marine mammal paleobiology and evolutionary biology. The Fellowship was created to honor the memory of James R. Colclough, longtime volunteer in the Department of Paleontology, and is funded by the James R. Colclough Paleontology Endowment.

The Fellowship is designed to advance the academic and professional training of the next generation of vertebrate paleobiologists by providing them with the funding and facilities to pursue specific, time-limited research projects in association with Museum scientists and utilizing vertebrate fossil specimens housed in the SDNHM Department of Paleontology.

Duties will include conducting original research in marine mammal paleobiology, providing research assistance to the Curator of Paleontology, and introducing new technologies and analytical methods into the Museum setting. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to be in residence at SDNHM full time and actively engaged in the SDNHM community. The position will include opportunities for interactions with colleagues at nearby San Diego State University and/or University of California, San Diego.


Annual compensation is $48,432 to $51,324 (depending upon experience), plus fringe benefits. Supplemental research funds also may be available. Appointments will typically be made for two years contingent on satisfactory progress in year one.

To be considered for this position, applicants must have received a PhD degree within the past six (6) years. Soon-to-graduate PhDs may apply, but all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the start of the appointment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter (2-3 pages), a succinct statement (~700 words) detailing current work and research interests, an up to date curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and the names and contact information for two professional references. Please submit materials to Thomas A. Deméré ( by November 30, 2018.

Starting Date: As soon as February 1, 2019 (but negotiable)