Friday, December 1, 2017

Awards for Best Student Presentations at the 2017 GSA

Hey everyone! We are pleased to announce the student presentation award winners from the 2017 GSA meeting.


For the best talk:

Jeffrey Osterhout: Stable Isotope Geochemistry Of A Late Archean Microbial Ecosystem: Diversity In The Pre-GOE Oceans

Jack Shaw: Planktonic Foraminiferal Bleaching During Early Eocene Hyperthermal Events


Honorable Mentions: 

Erynn Johnson: Shells And Marine Revolutions: Experimental Tests Of Theoretical Shell Shapes

Daniel Killam: Pollution, Growth Rates, And Conservation Of Red Sea Giant Clams Using Isotope Sclerochronology

 

For the best poster:

Camille Dwyer: δ18O Schlerochronology Of Late Cretaceous Bivalves And Preservation Of Seasonality Irrespective Of Alteration

Jana Meixnerova: Did Volcanism Cause The Whiff Of Oxygen 2.5 Billion Years Ago?

 

CONGRATULATIONS ALL!

Winners will be awarded a prize at the 2018 GSA meeting.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Thanks for a great GSA 2017

Hi Everyone,

The GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division Executive Committee would like to say a hearty "THANK YOU" for making this past GSA annual meeting in Seattle such a success. The number of GBGM talks skyrocketed this year and (as is often the case), it was standing room only for the awards luncheon.

Below are some photos of the awards lunch.


(Most of) the GBGM Executive Committee
(L to R): Carie Frantz, Simon Darroch, Vicky Petryshyn, Lydia Tackett

This year's Post-Tenure Award Recipient: Susannah Porter (UC Santa Barbara)

(L to R): Carie Frantz, Simon Darroch, Susannah Porter, Vicky Petryshyn, Lydia Tackett, Rowan Martindale
(L to R): Carie Frantz, Simon Darroch, Susannah Porter, Vicky Petryshyn, Lydia Tackett, Rowan Martindale

This year's Pre-Tenure Award Recipient: Chris Reinhard (Georgia Tech)
(L to R): Carie Frantz, Simon Darroch, Chris Reinhard, Vicky Petryshyn, Lydia Tackett, Rowan Martindale
 The winners of the best student talk and poster presentations from the 2016 GSA annual meeting
(Back row, L to R): Carie Frantz, Simon Darroch, Vicky Petryshyn, Lydia Tackett, Rowan Martindale. (Front row award winners, L to R): Dylan Wilmeth, Amanda Godbold, Ross Anderson (Natalia Bykova not present)
    
 And a few more shots of the room....





SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Monday, October 23, 2017

GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Lunch at GSA 2017

Today is the day! Come by for the GSA GBGM annual luncheon and division awards at GSA 2017 in Seattle. No reservations needed, lunch is free for all Geobiology enthusiasts!

Monday, 23 October 2017
12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Sheraton Seattle Hotel - Issaquah

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Welcome to Seattle!

Welcome to the 2017 GSA Meeting! We hope you have a great meeting, and you can start it off right with a full day of Geobiology!

New Voices in Geobiology (sessions 30 & 60)
Sunday, 22 October 2017: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
Room 602/603 (Washington State Convention Center)

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2017AM/webprogram/Session43064.html
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2017AM/webprogram/Session44161.html

Wednesday, October 11, 2017



Dear colleagues, 

Encouraged by the success of the first Geobiology Gordon Research Conference in 2016, we have organized the next one to take place in Galveston, TX on January 21-January 26, 2018. The conference will be preceded by a Geobiology Gordon Research Seminar for graduate students and postdocs on January 20-21. The registration for both meetings is now open. 
The full schedule for GRS can be found at: 

https://www.grc.org/geobiology-grs-conference/2018/ 

The full schedule for GRC can be found at: 

https://www.grc.org/geobiology-conference/2018/ 

The applications for the meetings will be accepted until December 23 (GRS) and 24 (GRC), 2017. We hope that you and your lab members can attend and encourage you to get your applications in early because the attendance is capped at 200. Please forward this to anybody who you think may be interested in the conference.

Looking forward to seeing you in Galveston, 
Tanja Bosak (chair) and Sasha Turchyn (co-chair)

Monday, October 9, 2017

4 year fellowship Indiana University

Two four-year fellowships with generous salary and startup are available at Indiana University.  The positions come with research faculty status and are part of a network of 16 faculty and 12 fellow hires in the Prepared for Environmental Change grand challenges initiative.  While these are not exclusively paleo positions, candidates with interest in paleontological applications are welcome to apply.


ERI Fellow, Assistant Research Scientist, Species Distribution Modeling

The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) at Indiana University (IU) invites applications for a Fellow position in species distribution modeling to begin in Fall 2018; the appointment is renewable for up to four years. Applicants with interests in future distributions of migratory species and in integrating functional trait ecology with distribution models are especially encouraged to apply. Potential for using IU's state-of-the-art computational resources will be considered assets. Fellows will enjoy a generous research allowance, a rich collaborative environment, and eligibility to serve as PI on external grants.

The position is part of IU's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative (http://grandchallenges.iu.edu/p4ec ). With a primary appointment in the ERI, the successful candidate will join a cohort of twelve Fellows of the ERI and a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities who are engaged in this collaborative program of research and communication about environmental change. Formal affiliation with relevant department(s) and school(s) will be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Excellent fellow candidates will have experience with and openness toward multi-and trans-disciplinary collaborative research.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. prior to employment along with demonstrated research experience in species distribution models; applicants with prior post-doctoral training will be favored in the review process. Fellows will be expected to develop independent research programs that interface with ERI's multidisciplinary initiative.

Appointment will be for two years initially, with opportunity for renewal for an additional two years. While the position is not permanent, Fellows are encouraged to extend the appointment period through external funding.  Questions about the position should be directed to: David Polly, Search Committee Chair (pdpolly@indiana.edu).  Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2017 to ensure full consideration, but will continue to be considered until the position is filled.  Applications should be submitted online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/4590

ERI Fellow, Assistant Research Scientist, Stable Isotope Migration Ecology.

The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) at Indiana University (IU) invites applications for a Fellow position in stable isotope ecology of migratory animals to begin in Fall 2018; the appointment is renewable for up to four years. Applicants with interest in reconstructing seasonal migration patterns and inferring dietary patterns are especially encouraged to apply. Expertise in establishing and using new stable isotope facilities, including hydrogen equilibration, will be considered assets. Fellows will enjoy a generous research allowance, a rich collaborative environment, and eligibility to serve as PI on external grants.
The position is part of IU's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative (http://grandchallenges.iu.edu/p4ec ). With a primary appointment in the ERI, the successful candidate will join a cohort of twelve Fellows of the ERI and a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities who are engaged in this collaborative program of research and communication about environmental change. Formal affiliation with relevant department(s) and school(s) will be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Excellent fellow candidates will have experience with and openness toward multi-and trans-disciplinary collaborative research.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. prior to employment along with demonstrated research experience in species distribution models; applicants with prior post-doctoral training will be favored in the review process. Fellows will be expected to develop independent research programs that interface with ERI's multidisciplinary initiative.

Appointment will be for two years initially, with opportunity for renewal for an additional two years. While the position is not permanent, Fellows are encouraged to extend the appointment period through external funding.  Questions about the position should be directed to: David Polly, Search Committee Chair (pdpolly@indiana.edu).  Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2017 to ensure full consideration, but will continue to be considered until the position is filled.  Applications should be submitted online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/4591

Friday, October 6, 2017

Join Appointment (Professor) in Geomicrobiology of sedimentary systems - Dijon, France

Within a joint appointment scheme, the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC, www.ubfc.fr) is recruiting a high reputation senior researcher in the field of geomicrobiology of sedimentary systems , specifically in the laboratory Biogeosciences (http://biogeosciences.u-bourgogne.fr/en/), hosted by Université de Bourgogne, and located in Dijon (France). This position is supported by the French “Investissements d’Avenir” program, project ISITE-BFC. We encourage applications of well-established scientists investigating this field of research owning a PhD degree, leading a prestigious research group in another university or in a research organization, demonstrating an outstanding record of publications and the proven ability to manage a research program involving a large group of researchers.

During a period of three years, the successful applicant will be offered a joint appointment position to be negotiated with their home institution. During this period, she/he will manage a 600 k€ grant (including her/his joint appointment salary and research, accommodation and travel budget) for a period of three years. The salary will be negotiated on the basis of scientific reputation and experience. It integrates a benefit package including retirement, health insurance, annual and sick leave. During the same period, the successful candidate will be committed to spend at least 2 months per year to coach and manage a research group in the above-mentioned laboratory. More specifically, during this period, she/he will be also committed to coach every year at least one researcher of the above-mentioned laboratory to apply for an European Research Council (ERC) grant. At mid-term of the three years period, a go/no go evaluation will assess the effectiveness of the joint appointment.

Job description:
About the hosting research team The Biogeosciences Research Unit is a research community currently comprising more than 100 members, including full-time researchers from the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Assistant Professors and Professors from the University of Burgundy and from the EPHE (Ecole Pratique de Hautes Etudes), post-doctoral fellows, doctoral students and technical staff. Biogeosciences is a multi- and inter-disciplinary research unit dedicated to the study of biosphere/geosphere interactions and to evolutionary biology. The major scientific questions addressed are: How do biological processes interact with geological, environmental and climatic processes? What are the relevant spatial and temporal scales at which these processes operate? These questions are studied with a wide array of extant and fossil organisms and at levels of biological integration ranging from the individual to the entire biosphere. The laboratory is built around five interacting research teams whose scientific activities are deeply anchored into the fields of sedimentology, microbiology, environmental sciences, climatology, palaeontology and evolutionary ecology/biology.

Targeted profile
Microbialite ecosystems have existed for billions of years and can provide insight in the past functioning of our planet. Specifically, these model ecosystems can provide information pertaining the main natural mechanisms controlling carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere as well as insight in major structural and ecological processes in modern and past ecosystems. Moreover, microbialites deposits are characteristic reservoirs of multiple recent oil discoveries (e.g., subsalt reservoirs) revealing their global scale and economic importance. Finally, microbialite research plays a pivotal role in the emerging field of astrobiology.
The coaching project shall be highly ambitious and shall target the unprecedented integration of interdisciplinary information at increasing spatial and temporal scales. The experience and expertise of an international coach shall provide the opportunity to set up a long-term scientific group with a top expertise in the large and competitive field of geobiology. Specifically, the coach shall provide streamlines to increase the impact potential of recent recruitments in the hosting team. Indeed, several researchers within the Biogeosciences Research Unit conduct research on fossil and modern microbialites with a broad focus on sedimentology, (bio)geochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, geomicrobiology, and mineralogy. Their main objectives are: (1) to refine the understanding of microbial mat and microbialite formation in modern sedimentary environments, using analogical and natural models; (2) to better understand the physical and biological factors involved in their preservation; (3) to highlight the importance of microbial structures over geological times (e.g. fossilization processes, geochemical cycles, …)

Instructions to apply:

Please follow this link http://www.ubfc.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Application-form_International-coach-fellowship_ISITE-BFC.docx
to download the application form to be filled and returned by email to isite@ubfc.fr, before December 8th 2017.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Assistant Professor, Geobiology, ASU

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) invites applications for an Assistant Professor with expertise in geobiology and/or biogeochemistry. Anticipated start date is August 2018. 
We desire a candidate who (1) addresses fundamental questions in the interdependence of biological and geochemical processes on Earth and other habitable planets, and (2) can develop collaborations with other closely affiliated research programs in SESE (possibilities include astrobiology, geochemistry, ecosystem dynamics, hydrology, geodynamics, planetary science, and surface processes). 

We are interested in individuals showing capacities to bridge research in biological and geological processes. Examples include combining the geologic and genomic records to reveal the history of geobiological processes, harnessing molecular methods to track energy and material flows in active ecosystems, and theoretical developments related to the origin and evolution of life. 

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in biological and geochemical processes, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in service activities in the school, college and university.

Minimum qualifications:
  • PhD in Geobiology or related field by the time of appointment.
  • Established publication track record in Earth or planetary geobiological research.
  • Demonstrated expertise in research methods that reveal biological and geochemical interactions.
  • Demonstrated potential to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program.
  • Commitment to quality teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Desired qualifications:
  • Research expertise: We are interested in individuals showing capacities to bridge research in biological and geological processes. Examples include combining the geologic and genomic records to reveal the history of geobiological processes, harnessing molecular methods to track energy and material flows in active ecosystems, and theoretical developments related to the origin and evolution of life.
  • Demonstrated success meeting the educational needs of diverse student populations and engaging in scientific outreach to diverse communities.

SESE brings together Earth and space science into one school, breaking traditional disciplinary boundaries to investigate the biggest questions. SESE combines the strengths of science, engineering, and education, to set the stage for a new era of exploration. See https://sese.asu.edu for more information.

To apply, please submit the following materials as a single PDF file: 1) a cover letter that includes a description of the applicant’s research and teaching interests and experience, and indicate the Job number 12117 in your letter; 2) a current CV; and 3) the names, email addresses, institution, title, and telephone numbers of three references. Email the PDF of these application materials to sesenewfac@asu.edu.

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 20, 2017. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

PhD Fellowship in Paleontology/Macroevolution at the University of Pennsylvania

A PhD fellowship in Paleobiology is available in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, starting in Fall 2018. Prof. Lauren Sallan seeks a graduate student to address major questions about evolution using the fossil record. These include: how global change has affected life over time, how life evolves at high levels (macroevolution), how ecology shapes evolution long-term, the relationships of living and dead animals (phylogeny), and the origins of living biodiversity. While research in the lab has focused on fishes, any suitable group of fossils may be used.
Potential thesis topics include, but are not limited to: the long-term effects of mass extinctions (e.g. the end-Devonian and end-Ordovician), the roles of predation and competition in marine ecosystem evolution, ecological characteristics of evolutionary radiations past and present, the effects of long-term climate and environmental changes (e.g. the Late Paleozoic Ice Age) on biodiversity, and major transitions in early vertebrate evolution (e.g. origin of jaws, invasion of land). The student can also develop a novel project that addresses similar questions using quantitative, phylogenetic and/or descriptive methods.
This is fully-funded fellowship with stipend and tuition support guaranteed for the length of the PhD. Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Sallan (lsallan@upenn.edu) for more details. Additional information on the fellowship is available on the departmental website: www.sas.upenn.edu/earth. Applications for entry in Fall 2018 are due January 15, 2018, with interviews in February. Applications to graduate school at Penn must be submitted online at https://www.applyweb.com/upenng/

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Assistant Professor- Sedimentary Geology- UT Austin

 
The Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in Sedimentary Geology. We are especially interested in a colleague who is able to combine quantitative, field-based studies of sedimentary systems with expertise in broader, interdisciplinary research areas that include, but are not limited to, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, geochemistry, numerical modeling, remote sensing, taphonomy, rock-properties, natural resources, and seismic interpretation. The successful applicant will contribute to a diverse, research community within the Jackson School of Geosciences by building an innovative, externally funded research program that will complement and unite existing strengths. The ideal candidate would be able to lead and facilitate collaborations among researchers, students, and faculty members in the department and university. In addition, the candidate will contribute to the multidisciplinary teaching community in the Department of Geological Sciences through education that includes teaching, mentoring, and advising of our diverse graduate and undergraduate student bodies; candidates with an interest in experiential learning and teaching field skills are encouraged to apply.

As part of the Jackson School of Geosciences, the Department of Geological Sciences has over 50 faculty and a community of research scientists with a broad range of specialties, as well as access to outstanding research facilities and support. The department has one of the largest combined graduate and undergraduate enrollments of any Earth science program in North America and is located in a thriving metropolitan area with a dynamic, multicultural community of over 1 million people. The department is interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community; we strongly encourage applications from all under-represented groups.  The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 2-page statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for at least three references. Submit electronic copies of these materials online at apply.interfolio.com/45292. For questions related to the search, please contact dgs@jsg.utexas.edu

Review of applications will begin November 17th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


NHMLA Collections Study Awards

The next deadline for submissions for NHM Los Angeles Collections Study Awards is coming up on Sunday, October 1st. Details of the award, including eligibility guidelines, review criteria, and the application can be found here: https://nhm.org/site/research-collections/grants

Awards are made in either partial or full support of travel, lodging, and incidental costs while visiting the NHM collections. Individual award amounts can vary, but typically range from $500-$1000, with a maximum of $1500. Prospective applicants should also be reaching out to relevant curators and collections managers (see below) about their proposed collections work prior to submitting an application.

Invertebrate Paleontology - Austin Hendy (ahendy@nhm.org)
Vertebrate Paleontology - Sam McLeod (smcleod@nhm.org)
La Brea Tarpits - Aisling Farrell (afarrell@tarpits.org), Gary Takeuchi (gtakeuch@tarpits.org)

Types of projects funded in the past include the collection-based biodiversity, morphologic, and paleoecologic, and taxonomic investigations.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Integrative Collections Director Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Closing date: 10/15/2017

Description:
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) seeks a motivated individual with a background and passion for natural history and the management of collections to fill a new and exciting position, Director of Integrative Collections. The Museum’s research, education, archives, and library collections have been consolidated under one functional area, and we are in search of a leader to guide this new branch. The successful individual will help craft a vision to raise the profile and accessibility of DMNS’ collections, while leading a highly skilled team that provides professional collections management, and support for research, education, and Museum programming. The ability to do collections outreach and communicate the value of our collections is an important component of this position. Information about the Museum’s collections can be found here: https://www.dmns.org/science/integrative-collections/

Essential duties:
·       Provides strategic leadership for collections staff by providing opportunities for career growth and continuing education by building networks with museums for training in collections management.
·       Awareness of pan-Museum strategy and initiatives and ability to communicate that vision to the staff and integrate into the department.
·       Inspires staff to excellence, by providing timely feedback and rewarding exceptional performance.
·       Provides vision for team collaboration within the department and across the museum.
·       Works with curators to ensure strategic growth of the collections, deaccessions, and repatriation are within parameters of DMNS collection policies.
·       Evaluates, develops, updates and oversees the implementation of collections management policies and the long-term collections plan and submits for approval through the appropriate channels.
·       Ensures proper utilization and methodology of collection databases.
·       Assists with logistics of collection acquisitions that are relevant to the mission of the museum.
·       Oversees grant administration, budgets, and projects in accordance with museum procedures to improve the care, growth, access, and use of collections.
·       Oversees implementation of innovative approaches for increasing accessibility and use of the collections.
·       Serves as a Museum public spokesperson for the collections, and provides professional expertise as needed to other areas of the museum and the media in a timely and professional manner.

Requirements:
·       Master’s degree in earth sciences, life sciences or social sciences is required; PhD preferred.
·       7 years’ experience in managing natural history collections.
·       5 years’ experience utilizing a collection database.
·       5 years’ experience managing professional level staff required.
·       5 years’ experience securing and administering grants and budget management required.
·       Some travel will be required.
·       Some evening and weekend work required.
·       Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required.

Ideal candidate will:
·       Have a PhD preferred in earth sciences, life sciences, or social sciences.
·       Be a leader that can inspire their team.
·       Be a visionary that can increase community and research exposure to our collections.
·       Have public speaking and experience working with media.
Core values:
·       We love science.
·       We are curious, creative and playful.
·       We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
·       We think critically and act with empathy.

This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part in the continued success of the Museum, with 450+ full-time and part-time employees and more than 1,800 volunteers. We are building on our already solid foundation with a strong vision and solid strategy to recreate and redefine how we engage our community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by October 15, 2017. Resumes will not be accepted after this time.
Applications may only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website: http://www.dmns.org/about-us/jobs-and-internships/jobs/