Sunday, October 11, 2020

GBGM Logo Design Contest

The Geobiology and Geomicrobiology (GBGM) division of GSA is looking for talented artists from our Geobiology community to help us redesign our logo! 

We’re looking for something that can capture the diversity of research in our division while maintaining a simple design. If you want inspiration, check out the logos for GSA’s divisions in History & Philosophy, Energy Geology, or Geochronology.

Logo design finalists will be selected by the GBGM Division Officers and then the GBGM division members will vote for their favorite design during the GSA Online 2020 meeting. The winning logo will be used in the production of new GBGM merchandise (e.g., water bottles, mugs, notebooks, T-shirts, stickers, mousepads) while select finalists will be chosen for “limited edition” runs. All finalists will receive free swag, and artists will receive 25% of any profits from merchandise using their designs.

Submissions will be accepted until October 22nd. Submissions and questions can be sent to GBGM Division Officer Dr. David Gold.
Please include “GBGM Logo Competition” in the subject line and your GSA membership number (or membership number of an affiliated society). The only requirement for the logo is that your submission is provided as a vector graphic; David Gold will work with the winner to integrate the design into the standardized logo template and make sure it meets GSA’s specifications.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing your ideas!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Opportunities for Students: Co-evolution of Earth and life across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition

Funded by NSF-FRES (National Science Foundation Frontier Research in Earth Sciences Program), this collaborative project (Co-evolution of Earth and life across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition: Integrated perspectives from outcrop and drill coresoffers multiple PhD graduate research assistantships to support research on the co-evolution of Earth and life across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition through the integration of geochemical, paleontological, stratigraphic, sedimentological, geochronological, and paleogeographical data from both outcrops and drill cores. Graduate students working on this project will have opportunities to participate in field work in NW Canada, Mongolia, Namibia, and Morocco; to analyze drill cores from South China, Brazil, and Namibia; to study stable isotope geochemistry; and to learn numerical modeling techniques. Students will also have opportunities to interact scientists from eight research groups at six institutions (see PIs list below) as well as the ICDP GRIND-ECT project (https://www.icdp-online.org/projects/world/global-coverage/grind-ect/).


Students who are interested in applying for these opportunities are encouraged to contact PIs listed above.

Friday, September 18, 2020

PaleoSoc: Mental health in academia Webinar

Mental health in academia: a conversation on navigating mental health challenges

Thursday, October 1st at 1:00 pm EDT

Mental health issues pose a major problem in academia and have recently been on the rise. The constant pressures such as producing novel data and research publications, job insecurity, lack of funding, limited institutional mental health resources, and continued societal stigma around obtaining mental health treatment promotes a public health risk among the most talented members of our society. These issues are compounded for members from underrepresented minority, marginalized, and or at-risk groups who face steeper challenges navigating through academia. Graduate student mental health has received the most attention in academia, but these issues don’t disappear when they are hired as faculty or other academic positions. Additionally, early career academics or academics in unstable or transient positions also face mental health risks. 
 
We welcome everyone to join us as we discuss how to navigate mental health issues in academia in this Q&A webinar hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Paleontological Society. We will be joined by psychologist, Dr. Delishia Pittman from George Washington University and Society Representative-At-Large, Dr. Phoebe Cohen who will answer questions from our members. 

To register for the webinar please visit: 
https://forms.gle/hnbPmEera9JYkoSe9

We encourage everyone to submit questions before the webinar, which can include topics ranging from mental health issues for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty, how to address student mental health as a faculty member, and approaches for established faculty to support students and junior faculty from underrepresented minority and marginalized groups. You can submit your questions at the link below until September 27th; however, we will have time to address live questions during the webinar.

Please submit questions anonymously via:
https://forms.gle/tAe2xBThqmdTkimb9

If you are a current graduate student and would like to participate in the panel, please reach out to us at inclusion@paleosoc.org.

GSA Webinar: Demystifying the Graduate School Application Process

Date and Time: 23 September, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. MDT
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7916919535640932367


This webinar will discuss all aspects of applying to graduate school in geology, from choosing a research area, contacting potential professors to work with, and assembling the application. We will also cover topics such as different funding sources for graduate school (yes! you can get paid to go to graduate school), whether you should still take the GRE, and other related topics. There will be ample time for Q&A at the end.

Presenters
Lisa Ely, PhD, Central Washington University
Allie Nagurney, PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech University
Alexandra Valencia Villa, PhD Student, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Promotional Partners
Continental Scientific Drilling; Geobiology and Geomicrobiology; Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology; Geochronology; Environmental and Engineering Geology; Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology; Soils and Soil Processes; Structural Geology and Tectonics Divisions; and Mineralogical Society of America.



CPN Events at GSA

The Student Panel of the Conservation Paleobiology Research Coordination Network is starting a networking and peer mentoring program for students interested in conservation paleobiology. Program events will take place virtually alongside select conferences each year and aim to supplement any existing in-person student activities. The goals of the program are to (1) create a safe space for students to share their conference experiences and receive feedback on their talks from peers, (2) facilitate networking, (3) provide a platform for students to promote their presentations, and (4) spark discussions about conference contributions and sessions relevant to conservation paleobiology. 

The inaugural program events will be held during the upcoming Geological Society of America meeting next month. Program events and registration details can be found below. Please distribute this information to any students who might be interested in participating.

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GSA Program Events:
  • September 28th -- Tech support and practice (90 mins): Discussion of technical issues (sound, cutting, captions, copyright, format of the contribution) and best practices for the required presentation format. Feedback on contributions (videos, slides, or live talks) in breakout rooms.
  • October 19th -- Pre-conference meeting (60 mins): Catch up on the preparation of participants' conference contributions. Share information about relevant sessions and presentations, discuss fears and expectations regarding the conference, and promote student contributions and personal highlights.
  • November 2nd -- Post-conference meeting (60 mins): Feedback on each other's contributions. What went well, what went wrong, what to improve next time? Were the expectations met? What were the conference highlights?
The calls will be held at 17:00 UTC via Zoom and will be moderated by Niklas Hohmann (member of the student panel) and Jessica Lueders-Dumont (senior moderator and postdoc).

Registration:
To register, please write an informal email to Niklas Hohmann (Niklas.Hohmann@fau.de). As this program is still in development, the number of participants will be limited to 10 for now (first come, first serve). Participants should ideally be available to attend all three sessions.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

GSA GBGM 2020 Student Presentation Awards

Register by October 1st to be considered for a Student Presentation Award!


Hello members of the GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division!
  
The GSA Annual Meeting is coming up quickly! The GBGM division is excited to announce that we will be organizing the GSA GBGM student awards for outstanding student oral and poster presentations. 
  
This is a great opportunity to get to know professionals in your field, and advertise the amazing work you’re all doing.
  
If you are a student presenter at this year's GSA Connects Online, and would like to be considered for one of the GSA GBGM student awards, please fill out our short on-line survey at this link here by October 1st. 
  
GBGM student Reps Amanda Godbold Andrew Putt, and Alison Cribb will assemble a team of impartial judges to come see your work, and we will announce the winners via email at the end of GSA. Last year’s winners will be recognized during the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division Award Presentation Event & Business Meeting.
  
We’re looking forward to hearing from everyone! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail either Amanda Godbold, Andrew Putt, or Alison Cribb.
  
Cheers,
Amanda Godbod
Andrew Putt
Alison Cribb

Friday, September 4, 2020

Next week (6th-12th September) is Black in Geoscience Week!

Next week (6th-12th September) is the first-ever Black in Geoscience Week! A group of Black geoscientists has put together this week to provide people with the opportunity to network and share their stories of what it's like to be Black in geoscience. 

More importantly, this will be used as a platform for everyone to learn and understand what is required for us as geoscientists to work towards an improved representation in our community. In December 2019, it was reported by Nature that geosciences have the lowest amount of diversity in STEM field subjects in the US. The organizers of Black in Geoscience Week hope that this event will lead the field to improve both in representation and diversity. 

A range of activities has been put together (see below), ranging from roll calls and brief bios, to talks and panel discussions, allowing as many people as possible to engage through Twitter, Instagram, Zoom, and Youtube. 

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For those who want to get involved, most activity is happening via Twitter and Instagram pages, which you can follow using the hashtag #BlackinGeoscienceWeek. For those not on social media, but who want to get involved, information on live panels can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Dusxf1

I'm asking you all to share this project with all of your personal networks, resulting in the week having the biggest impact possible!

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