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

2017 International Workshop on Konservat-Lagerstätten; July 15-16, 2017 in Cork (Ireland)

Join us at the 2017 International Workshop on Konservat-Lagerstatten from July 15-16 2017 in Cork (Ireland). This workshop will explore frontier research on fossil deposits preserving soft tissues of animals and plants and includes an exciting line-up of invited speakers. We welcome contributions on any aspect of the palaeobiology, taphonomy, and sedimentological context of Konservat-Lagerstatten. For more information see
Abstract submission closes on 31st May 2017.
For More information contact: Dr Maria McNamara

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PhD Opportunity in paleoecology (NDSU)

A PhD research fellowship is available for a motivated researcher in paleoecology, paleontology, and evolution from the Department of Geosciences at NDSU. The successful applicant will be investigating marine invertebrates and paleoecology prior to the End-Triassic mass extinction at multiple latitudes, using sedimentology, microfossils, and paleoecological techniques. This funded project also involves the development of mentorship skills for other students and a significant field component.

Five years of funding are currently available, and students with a previous or soon-to-be-completed MS degrees in the fields of geology, earth sciences, ecology, or biological sciences are preferred, although the degree is not required if the applicant has some previous lab research experience. Degree will be offered through the Environmental Conservation Sciences program. 

For more information about the Tackett Lab in the Department of Geosciences, go to

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Propose Geobio Sessions for the 2017 GSA meeting

Help us promote Geobiology at the 2017 GSA in Seattle! Submit a relevant session proposal or short course that we can sponsor! Details below.

Submit a
Session Proposal
Call for Topical and Pardee Keynote Session proposals: 
The deadline is less than two weeks away: Wednesday, 1 February.
It’s time to plan for our 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. GSA is excited to head back to the Pacific Northwest. Our 2009 meeting in Portland, Oregon, attracted nearly 6,500 attendees from over 50 countries, so our 2017 meeting should be international, well attended, and full of excitement! A highlight will be the Seattle-area geology: glaciation, deposition, tectonics, crustal deformation, unconformities, erosion, bedrock structures, and drumlins. We challenge you to propose a technical session and/or a short course that will teach your colleagues and promote discussion about the incredible regional geology. Visit our Technical Session Proposals website for more information, and to submit your Topical or Pardee Keynote Session Proposal.

For additional information:
Dick Berg, GSA2017 Technical Program Chair
Kevin Mickus, GSA2017 Technical Program Vice Chair

Submit a Short Course Proposal
Call for Short Course proposals: 
The deadline is less than two weeks away: Wednesday, 1 February.
Have something that your peers need to know? Courses can be run to develop professional, teaching, and research skills at all levels. Please review the Proposal Guidelines or contact Jennifer Nocerino.


Check out the 2017 Geobiology Course, June 17th-July 23rd!
Applications are due February 10th

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 Southern California Geobiology Symposium

Check out the 2017 SoCal Geobiology Symposium (April 8th), at the University of Southern California! Registration and abstract submission is free. You may confirm your attendance and submit your abstracts by clicking on this link and completing the google form. Abstract submission is due March 3, 2017.

The conveners welcome scientists in the southern California area who do research broadly related to geobiology, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, and more. This year, the symposium will take place on April 8, 2017 at the beautiful Mudd Hall on USC campus. They invite attendees of all career levels, and encourage undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to submit abstracts for posters and 15 minute talks. Feel free to forward this message to other researchers who would be interested in attending as well. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the conveners at

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GSA James B. Thompson, Jr. Distinguished International Lecturers

Seeking Nominations for 2017-2018 

Deadline March 1, 2017​

GSA International seeks nominations for distinguished geoscientist speakers for the 2017-2018 GSA James B. Thompson, Jr. Distinguished International Lecturer. Nominations are being accepted for two dynamic speakers of established scientific stature who can present stimulating and cutting edge geoscience research for one or two tours each. The nominee/s may be either living outside of North America and be able to lecture at North American institutions. Or the nominee/s may be living within North America and be able to lecture outside of N. America on topic/s that are at the forefront of research in order to raise visibility for The Geological Society of America within the international geoscience community. The deadline to submit your nominations is 1 March 2017 (self nominations welcome).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Queen’s National Scholar in Environmental Geochemistry

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University jointly invite applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with specialization in Environmental Geochemistry. This is a tenured or tenure-track position held jointly in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and the School of Environmental Studies with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.

The successful candidate will be expected to address important questions related to the quantity, distribution and fate of organic and inorganic pollutants at the Earth’s surface (in rocks, minerals, fluids, and gases) and within the broader biosphere, utilizing state of the art laboratory techniques, which may be available through Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research and/or the Analytical Services Unit on Queen’s campus. Geological expertise is needed to understand the materials and processes at the geosphere-biosphere interface, and to untangle the complexities of natural and anthropogenic influences on water, soil and air quality. They will emphasize an interdisciplinary and global perspective in a range of contexts addressing the impact of natural chemical processes and anthropogenic-induced environmental perturbations on ecological systems and on human health, supporting informed decisions to solve key socio-environmental issues associated with contamination, remediation and overall sustainability of natural resources (e.g. soil, air, water) that are vital to human livelihoods and well-being. Consideration of resource development, in socially and ecologically sensitive locales and communities, such as the Canadian North or Global South, inevitably involves community consultation, impact of climate change, governance and issues of environmental justice.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are demonstrated academic and teaching excellence. Registration as or willingness to register as a P.Geo. or P.Eng. would be considered an asset.

Further information on the Queen’s National Scholar Program can be found on the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). More information about the position here:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Nominate your colleagues for an award

It’s that time of year! Please consider nominating someone for a Paleontological Society Award. Information about the awards, including criteria, a list of past awardees, and information about how to nominate, is available on the Society’s webpage. The requirements for nomination are not burdensome: a letter describing the nominee's achievements (in less than 3 pages), the nominee's CV, and no more than 5 letters supporting the nomination.

The deadline to submit a nomination is February 1, 2017.

Paleontological Society Medal: The Paleontological Society Medal is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Society, reflecting the objectives and standards of the Society. It is awarded to a person whose eminence is based on advancement of knowledge in paleontology.

Schuchert Award: The Charles Schuchert Award is presented to a person no more than fifteen years past completion of his or her PhD whose work early in his or her career reflects excellence and promise in the science of paleontology, and thus reflects the objectives and standards of the Paleontological Society.

Strimple Award:
The Strimple Award recognizes outstanding achievement in paleontology by amateurs (someone who does not make a living full-time from paleontology). Contributions may be an outstanding record of research and publication, making outstanding collections, safeguarding unique paleontological materials through public service, teaching activities in the area of paleontology, and collaborations with others working in paleontology. Anyone, including other amateurs, may make a nomination. Nominators do not have to be members of the Paleontological Society.

Pojeta Award:
The Pojeta Award was established to recognize exceptional professional or public service by individuals or groups in the field of paleontology above and beyond that of existing formal roles or responsibilities.

The Society seeks to recognize the achievements of colleagues across the range of fields of paleontology (invertebrate, vertebrate, and micropaleontology, paleobotany, ichnology), and from a range of institutional affiliations. And we are an international organization, so nominees from outside the U.S. are quite appropriate.

Mountjoy Research Conference- Carbonate Pore Systems

Dates:        26-30 June, 2017
Location:   University of Texas, Commons Learning Center and BEG Core Facility
City:           Austin, TX, USA
Deadline for Abstract Submission: Extended January 31, 2017

The 2017 Mountjoy Conference theme is “Characterization and Modeling of Carbonate Pore Systems,” and the conference will showcase new approaches and results through oral and poster sessions as well as core workshops and fieldtrips. The theme is broad, encompassing the:
   • stratigraphic, facies and diagenetic influences on varied pore systems;
   • petrographic, geochemical and visualization tools applied to enhanced
      characterization of pore systems, from nano- and micro-scale, to fractures
      and cavernous pores; and
   • new approaches for modeling the origin and distribution of pore systems.
Integrated case studies from academia and industry are of particular interest.
One of the highlights of the 1st Mountjoy meeting in 2015 was the opportunity for individual discussion and interaction between the attendees and the presenters. The 2017 Mountjoy Conference will continue to stress the importance of dedicated time for discussion and one-on-one networking throughout the program. 
Now Accepting Abstracts! (Click here to submit form).

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions- University of Missouri

Applications are due January 16, 2017.
The University of Missouri is committed to the advancement of teachers, scholars, and researchers who can help it achieve the benefits of a diverse educational environment. The Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is designed to promote and develop such scholars for tenure-track faculty positions at the University of Missouri and elsewhere, in any discipline. Postdoctoral Fellowships are for two years during which time Postdoctoral Scholars focus on scholarship and participate in an array of professional development activities that integrate and expose them to the faculty experience, including the opportunity to teach in their discipline the second year. The starting stipend will be $55,000 per year including University benefits. Fellows will be provided with travel funds to attend a national meeting, as well as funds to travel to other campuses as necessary for scholarship and program professional development activities.

Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree at an accredited university by July 1, 2017 are eligible to apply. Current postdoctoral fellows also may apply if their doctoral degree was awarded in or after spring 2012. Applicants should demonstrate how they can contribute to faculty diversity, such as through membership in a group that is historically underrepresented or underserved in a particular discipline or through other training or experience. The link for application materials can be found at For additional information, questions may be directed to The deadline for all application material is midnight, January 16, 2017. Candidates who demonstrate evidence of scholarship potential to be competitive for tenure-track appointments at the University of Missouri or other research universities will be invited to interview.

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017