About the R. Berner Lecture

Robert Berner (1935-2015)

The lecture was established in 2017 by students and friends of the late Robert Berner to commemorate his intellectual legacy in geochemistry. It is a joint program of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, presented as an annual lecture at the Goldschmidt Conference. The lecture is on a ‘Berner’ subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth’s surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere, etc).

Lecturers are mid-career scientists, selected by the Berner Lecture Committee, then approved by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

For Further Information
Please contact Michael Krom (M.D.Krom@leeds.ac.uk)

Berner Lecture Selection Committee
Name Affiliation
Chair: Michael Krom University of Haifa, Israel and University of Leeds, UK
Robert C. Aller
Stony Brook University, USA
Megan Andrews
North Carolina State University, USA
Marty Goldhaber
U.S. Geological Survey, USA
Kathleen Ruttenberg
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Joshua West

University of Southern California, USA

Support the Lecture

Contributions to the Berner Lecture Fund go directly to supporting the lecturer’s travel to Goldschmidt every year.

Nominations for the R. Berner Lecture

The Robert Berner Lecture takes place at the Goldschmidt Conference. It is a 30-minute keynote lecture presented in the appropriate topical session.

The lecturer should be a mid-career scientist: he/she should have received their PhD at least 10 years and no more than 21 years before the Goldschmidt conference at which the lecture is presented (i.e., for Goldschmidt2021, the lecturer should have received his/her PhD between 2000 and 2011).

The lecturer should also have shown exceptional ability to define globally important biogeochemical processes, developed new understanding(s), and significantly advanced the corresponding area of research. The lecture will be on a ‘Berner’ subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth’s surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere).

Nomination requirements:

  • Nominee’s CV (up to 4 pages)
  • List of publications
  • List of recent presentations and link to webpage, if available
  • A recommendation letter from the nominator (up to 2 pages)

The selection committee encourages nominations of mid-career scientists who have demonstrated excellence in research on a ‘Berner’ subject, and hopes to achieve a diverse pool of nominees.

Nomination deadline is 31 October 2020

Past Lecturers

Year Lecturer Institution Lecture title
2020 Andreas Andersson Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA How Will Anthropogenic CO2 Affect Shallow Water Calcium Carbonate Sediment Dissolution? (video)
2019 Filip Meysman University of Antwerp, Belgium Did the Evolution of Microbes and Fauna in the Seabed Impact Atmospheric Oxygen and Climate?’
2018 Simon Poulton University of Leeds, UK Exploring Earth’s Redox Landscape
2017 Joshua West University of Southern California, USA Sources of Atmospheric CO2 over Geologic Time