EAG Council Elections

The EAG Council is made of Officer Councillor and Councillor positions. Each year, several positions become vacant.
Officer Councillors are elected by the Council and serve for various terms according to the position.
Councillors are directly elected by the EAG Members and serve for three years, participate in council discussions, decisions and initiatives.
Up to two Councillors can be appointed by the Council in connection with specific activities.

Council Elections 2018

Election of Councillors by EAG Members

The Council elections took place from Wednesday 11 October until Wednesday 8 November. 4 candidates were proposed and EAG members were invited to vote by selecting 2. Participation reached 42%, the highest to date, with 1564 votes. We thank EAG members for their participation.

Caroline Peacock
(University of Leeds, UK) and Encarnación Ruiz Agudo (University of Granada, Spain) were elected and will officially join the EAG Council in January 2018. We are very grateful to all candidates for agreeing to stand for these elections.

Caroline Peacock_150Caroline Peacock is an Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry at University of Leeds, UK. She completed a PhD in Geochemistry at University of Bristol in 2005, and worked there as a Postdoctoral Research Associate until 2006, before moving to University of Southampton as a Lecturer in Geochemistry until 2009 when she joined Leeds. Caroline’s research focuses on the application of fundamental chemical principles to understanding Earth system processes. In particular she focuses on the environmental behaviour of nutrients and contaminants in water, soils and sediments, and the molecular scale reactions that determine the uptake and release of these elements from soil and sediment minerals and microbes. In 2015 Caroline was awarded the EAG Houtermans Medal, and in 2016 she was granted a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to investigate controls on the preservation and burial of organic carbon in marine sediments. Caroline currently serves on several national and international research committees, and she leads the University of Leeds Cohen Geochemistry Group.

Encarni Ruiz-Agudo_150Encarnación Ruiz-Agudo is assistant professor in Crystallography and Mineralogy at the University of Granada (Spain). She finished her PhD research in 2007 and carried out her postdoctoral research at the University of Münster (Germany). Her research interests include 1) non-classical mechanisms of mineral formation, including the formation of amorphous precursors and prenucleation species, 2) studies of surface mineral reactivity at the nanoscale and 3) silicate weathering and surface altered layer formation. In 2012, she was awarded the Research Excellent Medal of the European Mineralogical Union. She coordinates several research projects funded by the Spanish government aiming at gaining fundamental knowledge on silicate weathering and carbonation.

Election of Councillors by the EAG Council

The Council has elected three additional councillors: Sami Mikhail (University of St Andrews, UK) as the new Early Career Councillor, Mihály Pósfai (University of Pannonia, Hungary) to enhance representation of Eastern Europe within the Council and Derek Vance (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) as Vice-President from 2019.

Sami Mikhail has been elected as the new Early Career Councillor and will also act as Student Program Leader for Goldschmidt2019 in Barcelona.
Sami is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, UK. Prior to this he spent two years as a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, followed by a couple of postdoc positions at the Universities of Bristol and Edinburgh, UK. His research is driven by the desire to understand how the interior workings of a planet influences its surface environment, and how this relates to long-term habitability. To achieve this he employs light volatile-element stable isotope data (C-N-O-Noble gases) from natural samples and complements these data with both high-pressure/temperature experiments and theoretical models. These data are presently being applied to study diamond-formation in Earth’s mantle, high-temperature nitrogen geochemistry, and the fundamental relationships between mantle processes and atmospheric chemistry on Earth, Mars and Venus.

Mihaly Posfai_150Mihály Pósfai has been elected to enhance representation of Eastern Europe within the Council.
Mihály is a professor of environmental science at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary. He obtained his PhD at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, then continued as a postdoc at Arizona State University, specializing in transmission electron microscope studies of nanoscale phenomena related to environmental mineralogy problems. His current research interests include biomineralization and biomimetic synthesis of magnetic nanostructures, the nucleation of carbonate minerals in freshwater ecosystems, and the properties and climate effects of individual atmospheric particles. More information and a list of publications can be found here.

Derek Vance_150Derek Vance has been elected to join the council as he will be EAG Vice-President from 2019, and will act as co-chair for the Goldschmidt meeting in Barcelona in 2019.
Derek is Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. In the past he has worked on mantle geochemistry and has used geochronology and metamorphic petrology to understand mountain belts such as the Alps and Himalaya. For the past 10-15 years, however, he has focussed on understanding the geochemistry of the surface Earth. This has involved the quantification of the global cycles of trace elements through investigations of the inputs to the dissolved pool of the oceans, and outputs to various kinds of sediments. An important long-term objective is to use this effort, targeted at understanding modern budgets, to understand the chemical evolution of the surface Earth in the past.
Derek obtained his Ph.D. in geochemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has previously served in various capacities with the Geochemical Society. He is currently a co-editor in chief for Earth and Planetary Science Letters, and has acted as an editor of Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems and as an Associate Editor for Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

Past Council Elections

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