Tuesday, August 24, 2021

GBGM GSA 2021 Student Presentation Awards!

Attention all student members of GBGM!

GSA 2021 in Portland is coming up soon, and we are excited to announce another year of 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 show off the fantastic work you’re all doing.

If you are a student presenting research at GSA 2021 this year, either in person or virtually, and you would like to be considered for one of the GSA GBGM student awards, please fill out the following Google Form before September 10, 2021:


Your GSA GBGM student representatives will assemble a team of impartial judges to view your presentations and collect their feedback, and we will announce the winners via email shortly after GSA ends. This year’s winners will be recognized during next year’s GSA meeting during our GBGM Division Award Presentation Event & Business Meeting.

We look forward to hearing from everyone and seeing your presentations this year! If you have any questions, feel free to email Zoë Havlena (zoe.havlena@student.nmt.edu) or Alison Cribb (cribb@usc.edu).

Monday, July 26, 2021

2021 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 2021 awards go to Kim Lau (pre-tenure), Phoebe Cohen (post-tenure), and Frank Corsetti (distinguished career). Please check out their brief biographies below and explore their websites for further details about their research.

Pre-Tenure Award Recipient: Kimberly Lau (Pennsylvania State University)

Dr. Kim Lau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on reconstructing biogeochemical changes in Earth’s past and specifically the causes and consequences of redox changes in ancient oceans using a combination of lab, modeling, and field methods. She is interested in major perturbations throughout Earth history and how these events are recorded geochemically in the sedimentary record. Her approach includes better understanding the sedimentary geochemical and isotopic proxies that geobiologists can employ to constrain past environmental change.

Post-Tenure Award Recipient: Phoebe Cohen (Williams College)

Dr. Phoebe Cohen is an Associate Professor in Geosciences at Williams College. Phoebe is a paleontologist who uses a wide array of microscopic, microchemical, and geochemical techniques, in combination with field-based stratigraphy and sedimentology, to reconstruct ancient organisms and ecosystems. Her current work focuses on the evolution of eukaryotes in the Proterozoic and the microfossil record of the end-Devonian mass extinction. She is also actively involved in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work in the geosciences. 

Distinguished Career Award Recipient: Frank A. Corsetti (University of Southern California)

Dr. Frank Corsetti is a Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California.  He studies the co-evolution of the Earth and its biosphere from a geobiologic/sedimentologic perspective, searching for traces of life in deep (and not so deep) time.  Key topics of study include the identification of biosignatures (in particular, those left behind by microbes), unraveling the diagenetic alteration of biosignatures, mass extinctions, the environmental setting for the emergence of animals, and the search for life beyond Earth.  Frank co-directed the International Geobiology Summer Course from 2010-2016.  He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, recipient of the SEPM Dickinson Medal, the 2019 James B. Thompson Distinguished International Lecturer, and a recipient of the Mellon Mentorship award for mentoring graduate students.

Please join us in congratulating these exceptional scientists at the 2021 GSA (hopefully) in Portland; the awardees will be giving invited talks in our "New Voices in Geobiology" and "New Advances in Geobiology" sessions! The Geobiology Division Award Presentation (a.k.a. the GBGM Lunch) will be held virtually since this year's meeting will be offered in a hybrid format with limited in-person attendance.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Microbes now in our Redbubble Shop!

Hi geobiologists, need more microbes in your life? You can now buy microbial swag from our Redbubble store (www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/80783453)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Geobiology sessions at GSA 2021 in Portland, Oregon

 Hi GBGM members, 

We are excited to be hosting two sessions and to be hosting so many exciting sessions covering a wide range of topics in geobiology at GSA 2021 in Portland (October 10-13, 2021) this year! 

Our two sessions, T124. New Advances in Geobiology and T125. New Voices in Geobiology will both highlight new hypotheses, methods, and field sites that address questions at the intersection of geological and biological processes. T125. New Voices in Geobiology will specifically aim to highlight early career researchers in our field. We are aiming to host these as hybrid sessions so that we can accommodate both in-person and remote presenters for oral presentations! 

We are also sponsoring 22 other excellent sessions that will cover a wide range of geobiology topics, from the Precambrian to the modern, and from Earth to Mars!

We hope that you'll submit an abstract to any of these sessions, and we'll see you (in person or virtually!) in Portland in October!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Announcing the New GBGM Division Logo

Hi GBGM Division Members,

We are excited to announce the new division logo! After the 2020 logo vote, the winning submission was tweaked to fit the GSA logo rules and we are now ready to unveil our new logo!

Here is the beautiful new logo design!

If you like it, you can buy some sweet GBGM Merchandise at our Redbubble Store!

And here is the new logo with the various GSA logo set-ups.

This version is also in the Redbubble Store!

So who designed our gorgeous new logo? Meet Ichiko Sugiyama (she/her), you can find her on Twitter @FerrousChiko. Ichiko is from Japan, and she is a Ph.D. candidate at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Currently, her research focuses on constraining metal and nutrient cycling in the Precambrian ocean. Ichiko dedicates her spare time to outreach work through different organizations (GSA, EGU, and EAG). She is also a co-founder of 'Rock Archive' (in collaboration with Dr. Kärt Paiste), which helps communicate Earth History to the public (https://rockarchive.org/). If you would like to learn more about her work, please visit her webpage at: isugiyama.com.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

GSA Opportunities for Science Policy and Communication

 Are you interested in the way science policy is developed or passionate about improving science communication? 

 The Geological Society of America is offering a fellowship in science policy and a fellowship in science communication. Application deadlines for each will be closing this month so apply soon! 


GSA Science Policy Fellowship

Spend a year in Washington, D.C., furthering efforts to bring scientists and their work into the policy process. Help keep GSA members informed, involved, and represented in areas related to research funding, energy & natural resources, climate change, and natural hazard mitigation & response. Open to early-career geoscience graduates.

Deadline: 15 May

Apply Now


GSA Science Communication Fellowship

Candidates who are passionate about science communication can tailor their knowledge and skills for communicating geoscience and its value to society. This ten-month, non-residential fellowship offers the chance to gain experience and professional contacts while working in concert with GSA communications and member leaders. 

Deadline: 31 May 

Apply Now

Friday, April 23, 2021

GSA Student Opportunities

GSA Student Opportunities 

Expanding Representation in the Geosciences (ERG) Scholarship

Undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in the geosciences are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Six awardees will receive a $1,500 scholarship, one year GSA membership, and full meeting registration to GSA Connects 2021 in Portland, Oregon. GSA welcomes applications from students who are marginalized in the geosciences including racially and ethnically diverse communities and individuals with disabilities. Apply by 15 May.
Learn More
Send your questions to awards@geosociety.org

On To the Future (OTF) Mentoring and Award Program
"OTF connects me to people now and in the future that I can look to for advice should I encounter any issues, and who will support me as a geologist regardless of who I am."
- Jazzy Graham-Davis, 2019 OTF participant
The OTF program offers partial travel funding, full meeting registration, one-year membership, and mentoring at the GSA 2021 Connects meeting in Portland, Oregon. Apply by 28 May. GSA welcomes full participation of students and early career professionals who are underserved in the geosciences. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from the LGBTQ+ communities, first generation, low-income, women, veterans, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.