Sadly another obituary to post. In December (2014) Martin Brasier, Professor at the University of Oxford was killed in a car accident. Martin studied all periods of Earth history, but is probably best known for his work on early life and the evolution of eukaryotes and animals, specifically during the Cambrian and Precambrian.
The announcement from his department can be found here: www.earth.ox.ac.uk/news_events/news/department_news/professor_martin_brasier,_rip
The announcement in Nature is here: www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v8/n2/full/ngeo2362.html?WT.ec_id=NGEO-201502