Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Sneak Peak at the GSA 2020 Connects Online Platform!

A Sneak Peak at the GSA 2020 Connects Online Platform!

This year the GSA 2020 meeting will be fully online, however this will not feel like just another video call. The main hub of the meeting is a virtual lobby where you can sign in, and explore the meeting. From there you can navigate to the auditorium, technical and topical session rooms, the GSA HQ booth, and even has a lounge where you can meet up and chat. 

Videos for each session will be pre-recorded and polished so that you can watch them ahead of time to plan any questions you might have during the live Q&A. Look for more information and webinars about navigating the platform as the meeting gets closer. 

check out the video tour of the online hub

We hope you are all just as excited for this year's GSA 2020 connects online,
 and hope to see you virtually in October!

-The GBGM Team

Discounted membership renewal (and be sure to add the GBGM Division!)

Hey everyone, it's that time of year again....

Please take a moment to renew your GSA membership now for calendar year 2021 and take advantage of lower dues rate offer of $85 versus $100 (now through November 1st 2020).

When you renew your GSA membership, please also remember to support the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology (GBGM) Division by adding us as (one of) your division affiliation(s).... For students, the first division affiliation is FREE! If you're feeling extra generous, you can also donate funds to the division specifically.

GSA 2020 Abstract Deadline is TODAY

GSA 2020 Abstract Deadline is TODAY!

Just a friendly reminder that GSA has extended the abstract submission deadline for #GSA2020 Connects Online to 11:59 PM PDT TODAY, 5 August. If you require additional assistance please email  

We can't wait to see you online,
The GBGM Team 

#HurricaneIsaias2020 #Hurricane #Isaias

Monday, July 20, 2020

Fall Preview: Explore a Michigan PhD (Virtually), September 24 and 25, 2020

The Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD program at the University of Michigan invites juniors, senior, recently graduated, or Master’s students, to participate in a virtual preview of our graduate program. We are eager to recruit students for this event who will contribute to our department's mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in the Earth and environmental sciences.

This event is an opportunity to explore graduate education, participate in admissions workshops, and meet world-renowned faculty and current graduate students. During your visit you'll learn about:
  • state of the art research happening at U-M
  • the admissions process
  • what graduate school is like and how it all works
  • interdisciplinary opportunities for students with Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, or Mathematics degrees
This event is open to US citizens or non-citizens alike. If you come from a background that is traditionally under-represented in the Earth and environmental sciences and/or if you actively work towards promoting issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields, you are especially encouraged to apply. 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 5:00PM EDT

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Submit your abstracts for GSA Connects Online 2020

Dear colleagues,

As sad as we are not to go to Montreal for GSA this year, the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division is still excited about GSA 2020 Connects Online, October 26th-30th 2020! We are planning virtual activities, workshops, and meetups so that our community can stay connected, even though we are far apart; stay tuned for contests, free swag opportunities, and more!

Despite the new format, the GBGM will still be hosting our flagship sessions. Building on the success of our "New Voices in Geobiology sessions over the last three years, this year we have expanded the day-long GeobioFest into two sessions with slightly different topics.

If you are new to the field of geobiology (FYI, "new" does not necessarily mean "young"), we encourage you to submit an abstract to our topical session: “New Voices in Geobiology (T204)”. 

If you are a familiar face in Geobiology circles but have some cool new data/techniques to share, we encourage you to submit an abstract to our topical session: “New Advances in Geobiology (T203)”.

As in previous years, the goal of these sessions is to bring together new research and new researchers focusing on the interplay between geologic and biologic processes with a special emphasis on new field sites, novel materials/methods, and the development/refinement of proxies. We particularly encourage early career faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students to submit abstracts to our "New Voices" session. we hope to bring together scientists specializing in geobiology, biology, (geo)microbiology, paleobiology/paleontology, inorganic and organic geochemistry, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and sedimentology to generate new, interdisciplinary ideas and collaborations at the intersection of these fields.

The GSA abstract website is now open for submissions (as of July 1st) and the abstract deadline is midnight August 4th, 2020. To help you prepare, GSA has provided a one-page tip sheet that lists five simple steps to writing the perfect abstract. GSA also offers several other events including the Pardee Symposia, Special LecturesShort Courses, and (Virtual) Field Trips. We especially want to draw your attention to the other topical sessions sponsored by the Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division.

Feel free to contact any of our division representatives if you have any further questions, and please forward this on to colleagues or students who may be interested in this session.

We wish we could see you in person, but we hope to see you virtually this GSA!

Stay healthy, support each other, and never stop being awesome!
The GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division Executive Committee

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Postdoc in Marine Micropaleontology & Paleoceanography (Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University)

The Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Group at the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position in marine micropaleontology and paleoceanography at the postdoctoral level. The successful candidate will be part of a research group studying Holocene and late Quaternary paleoclimate and paleoceanography of the North Atlantic region.

The postdoctoral project is part of a large international EU Horizon 2020 project, ECOTIP, on the effect of climate change on ecosystems and biota in the Arctic region. The role of Aarhus University in the project is to provide the long-term perspective on these changes during recent millennia.

Application Deadline: 15 September 2020
The position has a fixed term of 2 years, starting as soon as possible, or whenever the successful applicant is available.

Job descriptionThe postdoctoral project will focus on investigating the link between temporal changes in climate and biodiversity and ecosystems changes in the Greenland and North Atlantic regions, with special focus on the reaction of biota to climate change.

The main tools of the postdoc project will be the investigation of marine sediment cores using a combination of preferably marine palynology, but also micropaleontology (diatoms, foraminifers, or ostracods), sedimentology, and geochemistry (XRF elemental data, stable isotopes, CaCO3, TOC, organic biomarkers) in a multi-proxy study. The postdoc will also experiment with the potential use of copepod remains in sediment samples.

Within the framework of the ECOTIP project, there is considerable freedom for the postdoctoral researcher to develop the project together with the hosts at Aarhus University.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in geoscience or related fields. Candidates should preferably have knowledge on Quaternary marine micropaleontology (especially marine palynology), although specialists in other techniques/proxies are also invited to apply. Experience in multi-proxy studies, paleoceanography and/or numerical/statistical data treatment will be considered favourably. Excellent oral and written English skills are a requirement.

Place of Employment and Place of Work:The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark:

Contact Information:Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Professor Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 2778 2897; Email:
Dr. Christof Pearce, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 9350 8915; Email:
Application procedureShortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary rangeNatural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

The appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities:

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here:

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

For further information, see:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Are you interested in joining the GSA GBGM Executive Committee?

It's almost time to vote in the 2020-2022 GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division leadership. As it stands, we currently have a great set of Division officers that have been serving you (the GBGM community), but we are always looking for new, enthusiastic folks to be part of the team. We are also looking for a student rep if you know anyone interested!

If you would be interested this year, please email Rowan Martindale <> by June 31st
(next Tuesday). If you might be interested in the future but can't commit for the next 2 years, let us know so we can keep you on the list. 

All the best,
Rowan (Chair), Vicky (Vice-Chair/Incoming chair) and the GBGM Division Officers

P.S. We still have over 60 bios that need to be adopted for our "Diverse Faces of Geobiology" website (and that list keeps growing). If you are inspired to write up one (or several) of these bios about the fabulous rainbow of humans who have helped build our field, please email the project coordinator, Carie Frantz <> (subject: “Diverse Faces of Geobiology”) and she will put you to work!