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. https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2020/information/platform 


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 meetings@geosociety.org.  

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.

Qualifications
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: geo.au.dk/paleo

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: mss@geo.au.dk.
Dr. Christof Pearce, Department of Geoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark; mobile phone +45 9350 8915; Email: christof.pearce@geo.au.dk.
 
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: https://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/www.medarbejdere.au.dk/hr/Rekruttering/Onboarding/Ministerial_Order_no._1443_of_11_December_2019_on_Job_Structure_for_Academic_Staff_at_Universities.pdf

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: https://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: https://international.au.dk/research/

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

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: https://geo.au.dk/profil/ledige-stillinger/job/postdoctoral-position-in-marine-micropaleontology-and-paleoceanography-at-the-department-of-geoscien/

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 <martindale@jsg.utexas.edu> 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 <cariefrantz@weber.edu> (subject: “Diverse Faces of Geobiology”) and she will put you to work!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

“Using Digital Field Tools for Remote Teaching”- free webinar series by GSA/NAGT

Check out the GSA/NAGT free webinar series “Using Digital Field Tools for Remote Teaching”The currently scheduled webinars in this series are:

Details below!

All webinars will be recorded and posted in GSA's free Webinar Library, along with the Powerpoint used and some useful links prepared by the presenters. 




Using Google Earth for Remote Teaching, 
Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8305975126473363213

About this Webinar:
Google Earth is a powerful, but easy-to-use platform for virtually exploring natural features around the globe. The capability to create and share custom content for Google Earth has resulted in an abundance of presentations, exercises, and virtual field trips that are available to educators. This webinar will help you integrate Google Earth into remote Earth science courses by providing background on the tool and examples of its use in geoscience classes. 

In addition to the regular webinar overviewing Google Earth’s options, capabilities, and use cases, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to work through some Google Earth activities themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting. This is a great opportunity to learn to use Google Earth the way your students would use it.

Presenters:
Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison University
Andrew Laskowski, Montana State University




Using Gigapan for Remote Teaching, 
Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

About this Webinar
Gigapixel panoramas are high resolution 2D images that combine 'zoomed out' context with the power of 'zoomed in' details. Applied to teaching geology remotely, they are valuable web-based tools for exploring geoscience concepts with students at scales ranging from the landscape to the outcrop to hand samples, to thin sections, to SEM. GigaPans can be embedded in webpages or desktop-based Google Earth KML tours as elements in virtual field experiences, potentially gaining power when combined with DEMs, 3D models of outcrops or samples, 360° spherical photos, or video. They can also be used as 'virtual samples' in times when student access to samples is limited. This webinar will cover the technical side of producing your own GigaPan images via two hardware/software packages as well as how to deploy extant CC-licensed GigaPans in your own remote teaching and outreach.

Presenters:
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Jennifer Piatek, Central Connecticut State University





Using Virtual Landscapes for Remote Teaching, 
Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

About this Webinar:
The Virtual Landscapes Project (https://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/virtual-landscapes/) uses the Unity 3D game engine to create screen based simulations of real and imagined landscapes, and interactive 3D block models of geologic and topographic maps.  It aims to enhance the training students receive in geological field and map skills, and to develop 3D visualization skills. This webinar demonstrates how virtual landscapes can be used in the online geoscience classroom to recreate aspects of geologic mapping training and augment understanding of how rock units are represented on geologic maps.

In addition to the regular webinar looking at the uses of the Virtual Landscapes, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to explore the different virtual landscapes and their potential uses for themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting.  This is a great opportunity to explore the Virtual Landscapes the way your students would experience them.

Presenters:
Jacqueline Houghton, University of Leeds
Mark Helper, University of Texas at Austin 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

#ShutDownSTEM and Diverse Faces of Geobiology Initiative

Dear Colleagues,

#ShutDownSTEM is a grassroots movement asking scientists and academics to strike (#strike4blacklives) tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10th, and use the day to work to “eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM”. The #ShutDownSTEM website has resources to help all of us understand and combat anti-Black racism in STEM and the academy. Several of our geoscientist colleagues have also penned calls to action with specific actions we can all take:
As your friendly Geobiology/Geomicrobiology division officers, we invite you to join us in using the day to help us build a web resource designed to amplify the voices, stories, and research of geobiologists of underrepresented and historically marginalized groups!

We plan to launch a rich “Diverse Faces of Geobiology” website at the end of this month and need help writing bios and collecting stories about the fabulous rainbow of humans who have helped build our field. If you would like to join this effort, please email the project coordinator, Carie Frantz, at cariefrantz@weber.edu with the subject header “Diverse Faces of Geobiology” for details.

Sincerely,
Your Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division Leadership Team

Sunday, May 31, 2020

GSA GBGM's commitment to our members

GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology recognizes that diversity in the geosciences is a major ongoing problem. To our Black and minority members from every country: You belong here. We hear you. We support you. We have to do better for you and we will. Not just in times of crisis, but always. Not with words, but with actions. The GBGM Division Leaders vow to educate ourselves about issues of racism in science and work to improve inclusion within GBGM. Racism of any kind is not tolerated by GSA and has no place in our division. All members are expected to practice ethical behavior and to follow the GSA code of Conduct (www.geosociety.org/gsa/membership/code-of-ethics/gsa/membership/code-of-ethics.aspx). Any member that does not adhere to this code of conduct will not be welcome in the GBGM Division and inappropriate behavior will be immediately reported to GSA.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Position in Paleobotany at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

The Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin is currently hiring for a paleobotanist. This is basically equivalent to a curator position in other museums, with research and collections-based duties, and a ’tenure review’ after two years. Fluency in German would eventually be required as part of the job, but non-speakers are strongly encouraged to apply and will not be disqualified.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin provides an excellent research environment. It houses comprehensive and excellent palaeobotanical collections as well as an herbarium, state-of-the-art laboratories for palaeontological preparation, 3D-visualization (including its own CT scanner), histology, molecular genetics and computation. Numerous independent research groups are working in a wide range of research fields including palaeobiology, evolutionary biology and biodiversity research.

Deadline 31 July 2020. Applications preferably submitted online.
Job posting in English: https://jobs.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/jobposting/3a1af7026643a3a1b12358a05e6d91c3f39a509a

Job posting in German: https://jobs.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/jobposting/a8401440e136c0b8ae01219e5a6035b86467603f

Please contact committee head Mark-Oliver Rödel with any questions Mark-Oliver.Roedel@mfn.berlin

Monday, May 18, 2020

NSF Rotator for Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is searching for a Rotator to serve as a Program Director in the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP) program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). If you or someone you know might be interested in spending one to three years at NSF in Alexandria, VA, we would like to hear from you. You can read the job posting and eligibility requirements on the NSF website at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/ear19001/ear19001.jsp

We are open to applicants from the full range of program expertise and career stages. Although our primary workplace is near Washington, DC, funds are made available to rotators to return home on a regular basis, and the continuation of one’s research program is encouraged and supported. The agency also has flexible work schedules and telework options (greatly expanded to protect NSF staff and the community against COVID-19). Details about NSF’s Rotator Program can be found at https://beta.nsf.gov/careers/rotator-programs

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please get in touch with Dena Smith-Nufio, SGP Program Director.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Paleoceanography - UC Davis

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of CaliforniaDavis, invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate courses and conduct research during the 2020-2021 academic year, with the possibility of renewal through academic year 2021- 2022 (recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03550). Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a Geosciences, Oceanography or related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have a background in the fields of Paleoceanography or Marine Geology.

The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate an interest in and ability to conduct research in Paleoceanography and/or Oceanography in an Earth system science context. The successful applicant will be required to teach four undergraduate courses/year which could include: The Oceans (a general education introduction, offered two times/year), Oceanography (an introduction at an upper-division level for majors), Physical/Chemical Oceanography (upper-division, for majors), Geological Oceanography (upper-division, for majors), and/or similar courses as needed by the Department. The candidate should be prepared for some component of this teaching to be online, if necessary. The selected candidate will interact closely with the Marine & Coastal Science and Geology undergraduate majors and have opportunities to mentor undergraduate students within this program.

The selected candidate will have access to a broad range of facilities for scanning, geochemical, and isotopic analysis that exist in the Department and associated with interdisciplinary centers across campus. The candidate will also be part of the Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute community and will have access to facilities at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. The annual salary for this position is $70,100. To apply, submit the following electronically to: recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03550
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Statement of research
  • Statement of teaching experience and interests
  • Statement of contributions to diversity
  • Names and addresses of three references
For more information about the department, see http://geology.ucdavis.edu. Questions concerning the submission of application materials should be directed to Acacia Steimer-Wilson (alsteimerwilson@ucdavis.edu). This position will be "open until filled," however for full consideration, completed application materials should be submitted by June 30, 2020.
UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply including women, individuals from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Monday, May 11, 2020

PhD Position, Paleoecology, Miami University, Ohio

PhD Position, Paleoecology, Miami University, Ohio
Project title: Identifying ecosystem properties promoting stability and resistance: Modeling Late Ordovician paleocommunity dynamics and functioning across the Richmondian Invasion
PI: Dr. Carrie Tyler
Email: tylercl at miamioh.edu
Start date and duration: Fall Semester 2020 for 4 years.

Position description:
I am pleased to announce a PhD fellowship for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person interested in shallow marine Ordovician ecosystems and the effects of invasion on community structure. Background knowledge of quantitative paleoecological data analysis, R, graph theory, network analysis, predator-prey interactions, or Ordovician ecosystems are desirable but not required.

Project description:
The Cincinnati Series (USA) preserves a well-documented influx of species which will be used to construct food web models of shallow marine paleocommunities from the Late Ordovician (Katian) before, during, and after the Richmondian Invasion to test hypotheses determining the effects of biotic immigrations on ecosystem structure and functioning. This project aims to identify changes in ecosystem dynamics resulting from asymmetrical biotic interchange, isolate properties promoting stability and resistance, and make explicit predictions regarding the outcome of Antarctic invasions. This project has a strong programming component, and the successful candidate will be required to develop high competencies in R, particularly with respect to graph theory.

Setting and requirements:
The project is funded by a grant from the NSF grant to PI Tyler, and will provide support in the form of a Research Graduate Assistantship for up to four years contingent upon adequate degree progress. Master students that are graduating over the summer are welcome to apply. More information about Miami University can be found at: 
https://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/geology/
  
Application requirements:
- Master’s degree in a relevant field prior to start date (geosciences, paleontology or paleobiology or equivalent)
- Eager to acquire new competences and knowledge
- Fluent in English with high competency in writing in English
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, and to work independently
- Ability to write clear scientific reports and disseminate results
- Strong quantitative skills

How to apply:
Please contact Dr. Carrie Tyler (tylercl at miamioh.edu) to discuss your interest in the position and include your CV. 
The successful candidate will be required to apply for admission to the PhD program at Miami University, more information about graduate admission requirements can be found here:  https://miamioh.edu/graduate-school/admission/index.html

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

2020 Division Awards for outstanding geobiologists

Every year the GBGM executive committee selects exceptional scholars to receive awards for their accomplishments in research, education/mentoring, and service in geobiology. This year we had an exceptional list of nominees so thanks to all those who nominated someone!

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 awards go to Emmy Smith (pre-tenure), Greg Dick (post-tenure), and Kurt Konhauser and Will Berelson (distinguished career; we couldn't choose which one of these guys was the most deserving... so we just decided to have two awards this year) Please check out their brief biographies below and explore their websites for further details about their research.

Pre-Tenure Award Recipient: Emmy F. Smith (Johns Hopkins University)


Dr. Emmy Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. She is a field geologist interested in the co-evolution of life, climate, oceans, and tectonics during the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian. Her approach integrates geologic mapping, regional stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, stable isotope geochemistry, and geochronology to better understand mechanisms for environmental and evolutionary change during this unusual interval in Earth’s history.


Post-Tenure Award Recipient: Gregory Dick (University of Michigan)


Dr. Gregory (Greg) Dick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. He studies how microorganisms interact with each other and with geochemistry, mostly on the modern Earth but also to understand Earth’s geobiological history. Current research is focused on cyanobacteria; he aims to determine the controls on oxygen production in cyanobacterial mats and the environmental and biological factors that influence the production of toxins in harmful cyanobacterial blooms. He is particularly interested in merging approaches from molecular biology, microbiology, and geochemistry.

Distinguished Career Award Recipient: William M. Berelson (University of Southern California)


Dr. William (Will) M. Berelson is a Professor of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, where he has taught and conducted research for over 40 years. His early studies of bioturbation in St. Croix sands and North Carolina barrier island migration naturally(?) led him to a lifelong love of biogeochemistry. Many studies of benthic fluxes and elemental cycling in the ocean have been supported by his Rube Goldberg-like invention habit. His recent work is on calcium carbonate dissolution kinetics, CO2 sequestration, and the urban C cycle. In 2002, he and Kurt Hanselmann, with Agouron Foundation support, launched the Geobiology Summer course, which continues today cross-training graduate students and building a supportive and intellectual cohort. Degrees in geology at U. Rochester, Duke and USC have left him with great friendships and excellent basketball and football teams to cheer.

Distinguished Career Award Recipient: Kurt Konhauser (University of Alberta)


Dr. Kurt O. Konhauser is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. Kurt is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Geobiology, author of Introduction to Geomicrobiology, founding member and 1st President of the Geobiology Society, and organizer for the 2017 and 2019 Geobiology Society Conferences in Banff. Kurt obtained his PhD from the University of Western Ontario before undertaking postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto and an academic appointment at the University of Leeds. Kurt moved to the University of Alberta in 2002 where he was the Canada Research Chair in Geomicrobiology. His research interests span a number of facets of geobiology and geomicrobiology including reconstructing the evolution of the biosphere across Earth’s history, modern analogue environments, and the surface reactivity of microbes and minerals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Geochemical Society, and the American Geophysical Union.

Please join us in congratulating these exceptional scientists at the GSA Geobiology Division Award Presentation (a.k.a. the GBGM Lunch) during the 2020 GSA in Montreal, Canada.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Cluster Hire in Terrestrial Geo-Biosphere Interactions, University of Tübingen

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Tübingen, Germany, announces the opening of four full professorships (W3) as part of a new cluster hire in the field of Terrestrial Geo-Biosphere interactions. The chosen candidates are expected to develop internationally visible research programs that integrate geoscience research with modern and past biologic and climate processes. We are particularly interested in candidates who can bridge between disciplines and investigate processes active on both recent (human-relevant) and geologic timescales. The candidates are expected to link their research to existing department strengths in geosciences, applied and environmental sciences, geoecology, geography, and also biology-related University units such as the Institute for Ecology and Evolution; Center for Molecular and Plant Biology (ZMBP), and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Connections are also desirable to current University expertise in the area of ‘Machine Learning for Science’ through a University Cluster of Excellence, and through the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironments (HEP) at the University of Tübingen. Teaching should contribute to the programs of Geosciences (BSc and MSc), Geoecology (BSc and MSc), Environmental Sciences (BSc), and Applied and Environmental Geoscience (MSc).

We welcome applications for the following positions:
  1. Professor (W3) of Climatology and the Biosphere (Klimatologie und Biosphäre): The preferred candidate will conduct research on terrestrial modern- and paleo-climate with expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantitative analysis of (paleo)climate data, terrestrial climate reconstructions from novel chemical and/or organismic proxy methods, and records of past climate and vegetation change from the Pleistocene to present. Teaching contributions will be in the broad areas of a BSc co- taught course on Biology for Geoscientists, and MSc courses Climate Dynamics, (Paleo)climate methods and analysis, and also a field excursions/mapping course.
  2. Professor (W3) of Terrestrial Sedimentology (Terrestrische Sedimentologie): We seek candidates with expertise in the broad areas of terrestrial sedimentology and interactions between sedimentology, climate, and the biosphere. Applications from candidates with expertise in process sedimentology or analysis of the geologic record using field based, geochemical, geophysical, biologic, or analog or numerical modeling techniques are welcome. Teaching contributions will include classroom and field- based BSc-level instruction in sedimentology; field excursions or mapping courses; and regional geology.
  3. Professor (W3) of Near-Surface Geophysics (Geophysik der nahen Erdoberfläche): The chosen candidate is expected to have expertise in observational geophysics and diverse geophysical imaging techniques near the Earth’s surface and critical zone. We seek persons who investigate terrestrial environmental change related to geologic, climate, and biologic processes. Teaching contributions will be in BSc and MSc level courses in solid Earth and Environmental Geophysics. Student instruction in field based geophysical techniques is expected, as is a MSc level course in advanced geophysics.
  4. Professor (W3) of Geo-Biosphere Interactions (Geo-Biosphären-Wechselwirkungen): We seek candidates who investigate interactions and couplings between the Earth’s surface and biota over either modern or geologic timescales. Fields of study could include (but are not limited to): ecohydrology; rhizosphere processes; vegetation-atmosphere-hydrosphere interactions; surface water hydrology; global biogeochemical cycles; biogeography; vegetation dynamics, biodiversity and climate or geologic processes; or nutrient and element cycling. Techniques used can include: geochemical, molecular, physiological, geophysical, field or greenhouse studies, or analog/numerical modeling experiments. Teaching contributions will include BSc and MSc courses in the candidate’s area of research, including a co-taught BSc course in Biology for Geoscientists, and field excursions.
Teaching requirements for all positions are 9 hours/week during semesters including student advising/supervision. Teaching obligations should include contributions to both BSc and MSc courses. Teaching of MSc courses should be in English. BSc courses can initially be taught in English.

Required qualifications for all positions include a PhD or equivalent international degree and postdoctoral qualifications equivalent to the requirements for tenure. This includes evidence of teaching effectiveness.

The University of Tübingen is one of 11 Universities in Germany designated as a University of Excellence. It is located in south west Germany, is one of the oldest Universities in Germany, and hosts one of the largest geoscience departments in the country. The department is housed in the new (2020) building with state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities. The city of Tübingen is a mid-sized university town that is culturally and internationally diverse, and with an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The region offers a high-quality and family friendly standard of living with abundant recreational and cultural opportunities. More information is available at: https://www.tuebingen.de/en/1815.html.

The University of Tübingen is particularly interested in increasing the number of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages women candidates to apply. In line with its internationalization agenda, the university welcomes applications from researchers outside Germany. In the case of equally qualified candidates, applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications should be in English and include: a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, references, list of publications with links to the publications, 1 page research and 1 page teaching statements, diplomas/certificates, and a completed application from https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of- science/faculty/service-downloads/#c608746 . Applications should be sent via email as a single PDF file (max. 10 MB) to the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Tübingen (career@mnf.uni- tuebingen.de). Please clearly indicate which of the above position(s) you are applying for in your cover letter as well as your perceived fit with the geoscience, biology, or machine learning research units in the University. Closing date for the applications is June 11, 2020. Enquiries may be directed to the Dean (career@mnf.uni-tuebingen.de) or Department Chair (todd.ehlers@uni-tuebingen.de). Interviews for short-listed candidates will likely occur in Tübingen between Sept. 28 and October 16, 2020, but are subject to change depending on the global health situation.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

GSA Opportunities and Webinars

Please see below for several GSA Scholarships and Webinars!

Scholarships/Fellowships
Expanding Representation in Geosciences (ERG) Scholarship

Students from groups underrepresented in the geosciences can support their undergraduate studies with funding from the ERG scholarship program. Deadline: 15 May.

On To the Future Travel Awards to the 2020 GSA Annual Meeting
GSA encourages applications from low-income, minority, first-generation, non-traditional, and LGBTQ+ students, veterans, students with disabilities, and others to apply. Deadline: 29 May. 
[learn more]

GSA Science Communication Fellowship
Passionate about communicating science? Looking to expand your professional horizons? GSA is seeking science writers and scientists aspiring to increase their knowledge and skill for communicating geoscience and its value to society. This 10-month, non-resident fellowship presents a unique opportunity to gain experience and professional contacts, working in concert with GSA communications and member leaders. Deadline: 31 May.
[learn more | apply]


GeoCareers Webinars
Career Pathways: The Presidential Management Fellows Program and the USDA Forest Service
Wed., 22 Apr., 11 a.m. MDT
[register]

Professional Geologist Licensure Requirements and Strategies for Success in Environmental & Engineering Geology Jobs
Wed., 29 Apr., 11 a.m. MDT
[register]


Geoscientists-in-the-Parks
Fall/Winter 2020–2021 Opportunities
Gain hands-on experience assisting with geology and integrated science projects in National Parks by applying to the Geoscientists-in-the-Parks program. Applications accepted 1 May–15 June.
[learn more]

Monday, March 30, 2020

PBDB "Social Distancing" webinar series

The Paleobiology Database is here to help with your research while we help keep the world safe via social distancing. The PBDB will be holding a series of webinars on how you can use the PBDB in your research! These webinars will be recorded and posted on the PBDB Resources webpage as well as their Youtube channel.

The first webinar will be on downloading data from the PBDB and will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time. If there are many people interested, we will take the first group on April 9, and schedule another for the overflow. The PBDB is considering hosting other sessions in Spanish and Greek, so please let us know if you are interested in these alternatives.

UPDATE 1: A new webinar has been announced, this one will focus on how you can use the PBDB in your classrooms using their Educational Resources. This webinar will be held on Friday, April 17, at 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Please contact the PBDB by 5 pm Eastern, April 16, if you want to join the session.

UPDATE 1: A new webinar has been announced, this one will focus on how to use the PBDB for Bayesian Phylogenetic Analyses with the Paleobiology Database. Pete Wagner will host this webinar and it will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Please let info@paleobiodb.org know by 5 pm Eastern, May 6 if you want to join the session.

If you are interested in joining these sessions, please drop an email to info@paleobiodb.org and they will send you instructions to join in. If you are interested in joining the PBDB team and entering data yourself, you can go to paleobiodb.org and click on Join the PBDB. There you can register for a guest user account which is the first step to becoming a data enterer. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Deadline extended for GBGM excellence awards

Dear members of the Geo(micro)biology community,

We hope all of you are well and staying safe. In response to these unprecedented times we are extending the deadline for our Geobiology and Geomicrobiology division awards until the end of March. These awards include pre-tenure, post-tenure, and distinguished career awards (or equivalent career stage in a non-tenure track position). For details on past awards, see the GBGM website. Since 2018, the division leadership has solicited nominations from our members in order to create a more diverse and inclusive nominee pool, both in terms of academic fields and demographics. We also hope this process allows our members to feel more involved and empowered to nominate the people who have made a difference to them or their (sub)field.

Please use this nomination form (PDF form hereword form here) to identify exceptional researchers who you think should be recognized, along with justification (max. 500 words). Final nominees will be selected by the GBGM division representation committee from amongst this pool, and awarded based the nominee's complete portfolio (i.e., research, mentoring, service, and leadership). Please note that this year you must confirm that the person you are nominating has not breached GSA's Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct nor is under investigation for any action that would be a breach of GSA's Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct. 

We are grateful for your participation in this process; we know that your time is valuable, but this is one of the most important things the division does, and we think the community should nominate our awardees. Please submit your nominations to Rowan Martindale <martindale(at)utexas.edu> by April 1st. 

We look forward to being overwhelmed with nominations!
Rowan, Vicky, Trinity, David, Simon, Lydia, Brandt, Andrew, Alison, and Amanda
(a.k.a. your Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division Representatives)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Please submit your nominations for the 2020 GBGM excellence awards (due March 15th)

Dear Geo(micro)biologists,

Every year the GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology division selects three exceptional researchers to receive pre-tenure, post-tenure, and distinguished career awards (or equivalent career stage in a non-tenure track position). For details on past awards, see the GBGM website. Since 2018, the division leadership has solicited nominations from our members in order to create a more diverse and inclusive nominee pool, both in terms of academic fields and demographics. We also hope this process allows our members to feel more involved and empowered to nominate the people who have made a difference to them or their (sub)field.

Please use this nomination form (PDF form here, word form here) to identify exceptional researchers who you think should be recognized, along with justification (max. 500 words). Final nominees will be selected by the GBGM division representation committee from amongst this pool, and awarded based the nominee's complete portfolio (i.e., research, mentoring, service, and leadership). Please note that this year you must confirm that the person you are nominating has not breached GSA's Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct nor is under investigation for any action that would be a breach of GSA's Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct.

We are grateful for your participation in this process; we know that your time is valuable, but this is one of the most important things the division does, and we think the community should nominate our awardees. Please submit your nominations to Rowan Martindale <martindale(at)utexas.edu> by March 15th.

We look forward to being overwhelmed with nominations!
Rowan, Vicky, Trinity, David, Simon, Lydia, Brandt, Andrew, Alison, and Amanda
(a.k.a. your Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division Representatives)