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Goldschmidt2019: Science program now online

Preparations for Goldschmidt2019 (18-23 August in Barcelona, Spain) are in full swing. We are pleased to announce that the Science Program has been finalised and the full list of sessions is now available online.

Abstract submission will open from 15 January and will close on 29 March.

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Goldschmidt2019: Onsite childcare support

Subsidised childcare will be available onsite for delegate's families in Barcelona. For more details click the link below.


Society News

EAG co-organised sessions at EGU 2019

With the goal of promoting geochemistry, EAG is proud to be co-organising several geochemistry related sessions at the EGU General Assembly 2019 (Vienna, 7-12 April). Please consider submitting an abstract.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 10 January 2019.

- Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry
- At the limits of geoscience: the nanoscale control of the solid Earth
- The melt and fluid inclusion message in Earth and Planetary Sciences
- Volcanic Gas Emissions
- Environmental impact of volcanic emissions
- Application of stable isotopes in Biogeosciences
- Diversity and Equality in the Geosciences

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Videos of Jim McQuaid's 2018 Distinguished Lecture Tour

Videos of the lectures from Jim McQuaid’s 2018 EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour, filmed at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) and the University of Zagreb(Croatia), are now available for viewing on the EAG YouTube channel. Jim gave a fascinating series of lectures on atmospheric and climate sciences to students and staff in universities and institutes across Eastern and Central Europe in November and December.

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EAG-GS Outreach Program: Call for abstracts for the first AFIPS Workshop

The first Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences International Workshop, one of two workshops sponsored by the EAG-GS Outreach Program to Africa, will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 4-7 February 2019, and will be hosted by the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and Bahir Dar University. More information can be found at
The deadline for abstract submissions is 4 January 2019.

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New editor joins Geochemical Perspectives

The Geochemical Perspectives editorial board are delighted to welcome Brigitte Zanda (IMPMC, MNHN, France) to the team. Brigitte's research focuses on investigating the origin of the solar system from primitive meteorites (chondrites), the parent bodies of meteorites, and the formation and evolution of the Martian crust.

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Elements December issue: Marine Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements and Their Isotopes 

The field of marine geochemistry is exploding these last two decades. During the 1980s and 1990s, the scientific community developed a geochemical toolbox to study key ocean processes, based on the concentration and isotopic composition of trace elements. The multiple processes at play in the ocean led the community to join forces and combine, at a global scale, the information provided by individual tracers to tackle big questions in oceanography. These were the motivations to create GEOTRACES, an international program of marine geochemistry...

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Current EAG members will soon receive their print copies of Elements. Members also have online access to all back issues (user id = email address, password = EAG membership number). To find your membership number, login to your member area.

EAG renews its partnerships

In preparation for Goldschmidt2019, the EAG has renewed its partnerships with MSGBI (MinSoc), SGI, SFIS, AFEQ, HGS, DMG, SIMP, IAGC, SGA, SEM, and SFMC. Members of these societies can register for Goldschmidt2019 at reduced rates. A summary of benefits for EAG members can be found here  and the full details of each partnership can be found on the EAG Partnerships webpage.

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Join or renew your EAG membership by 31 December

With a new year just around the corner, now is the time to join the EAG or renew your membership. Make sure you receive all 2019 issues of Elements and Geochemical Perspectives by joining/renewing before 31 December 2018.

Membership rates for 2019
Professionals: 1 year 30 Euros | 5 years 120 Euros | 10 years 240 Euros 
Students: 1 year 15 Euros | 3 years 35 Euros  

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EAG Blogosphere

EAG President Bernard Marty says goodbye

[By Bernard Marty] Two years have already passed since I became EAG president at the beginning of 2017, and I am about to pass on the EAG baton to our next president, Sigurður (Siggi) Gislason. The past president, Liane Benning has been central in developing EAG publications. Since its launch in 2012, Geochemical Perspectives has achieved a remarkable...

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Small spots and big celebrations at the GFZ

[By Martin Lindner] I recently had the opportunity to attend the SIMS short course at the GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences) in Potsdam with support of the EAG. The course was set to be held by Dr. Michael Wiedenbeck, however, due to unforeseeable circumstances, he could not attend the course. Instead, Dr. Alexander Rocholl and Dr. Robert Trumbull...

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Comic Relief

A new cartoon from the ‘Black & White?’ series, by our resident cartoonists R & B, is out now! This comic was also published in Elements December 2018 issue. Check out the full series here.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2019 and EAG deadlines

1 FebruaryEAG Student Sponsorship application deadline
1 March: Early Career Science Ambassadors application deadline
29 March:  Goldschmidt2019 abstract deadline
18-23 August: Goldschmidt2019 Conference

Other geochemistry related event deadlines

31 December: ICOBTE: 15th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements abstract deadline
8 January: 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference abstract deadline
10 January: EGU General Assembly 2019  abstract deadline
14 January: 15th SGA Biennial Meeting: "Life with Ore Deposits on Earth" (Organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rates) registration, abstract submission and student grant application open
15 January: 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019 (Organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rates) abstract deadline
31 January: Tools in Biogeochemistry (co-sponsored by EAG) application deadline
1 February: 5th Young Earth Scientists (YES) Congress 2019 “Rocking Earth’s Future” abstract deadline
15 February: 1st IAGC International Conference (WRI16 and AIG13) (Organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rates) registration deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Bridging the depleted MORB mantle and the continental crust using titanium isotopes

The mechanisms driving the chemical complementarity between depleted MORB mantle (DMM) and continental crust (with an average 'andesitic' composition) remain unclear. By investigating Archean komatiites, and modern enriched (E) and normal (N) MORB samples, we demonstrate that partial melting of the mantle…

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An oxygen isotope test for the origin of Archean mantle roots

The origin of the peridotites that form cratonic mantle roots is a central issue in understanding the history and survival of Earth’s oldest continents. A long-standing hypothesis holds that the unusual bulk compositions of some cratonic peridotites stem from their origin as subducted oceanic serpentinite, dehydrated during...

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Microplastics contaminate the deepest part of the world’s ocean

Millions of metric tons of plastics are produced annually and transported from land to the oceans. Finding the fate of the plastic debris will help define the impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean. Here, we report the abundances of microplastic in the deepest part of the world’s ocean. We found that microplastic abundances in hadal bottom…

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Decoupling of dissolved and bedrock neodymium isotopes during sedimentary cycling

The radiogenic neodymium isotope ratio 143Nd/144Nd (expressed as εNd) has been applied to examine seawater elemental budgets, sedimentary provenance, oceanic water mass source and circulation, large scale geochemical cycling, and continental crust growth rates. These applications are underpinned by the assumption...

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Geochemistry Making the News

NASA spacecraft gets up close with an asteroid that could one day collide with Earth

[TheConversation] NASA’s spacecraft OSIRIS-REx has finally reached the asteroid 101955 Bennu – which may be on collision course with the Earth...

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Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem containing billions of micro-organisms

[The Guardian] The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice...

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Global carbon dioxide emissions rise even as coal wanes and renewables boom

[Science Daily] Global fossil fuel emissions are on track to rise for a second year in a row, primarily due to growing energy use, according to new estimates...

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Martian methane—spotted in 2004—has mysteriously vanished

[Sciencemag] Mars’s methane has gone missing. Scientists first detected traces of the gas—a critical indicator of life on Earth—in the planet’s atmosphere...

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Massive ocean carbon sink spotted burping CO2 on the sly

[Nature] The Southern Ocean is one of humanity’s allies, slowing global warming by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But now...

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Impact crater 19 miles wide found beneath Greenland glacier

[The Guardian] A huge impact crater has been discovered under a half-mile-thick Greenland ice sheet. The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
MSc opportunity: Oxygen Monitoring in Soil and Sediment
Ecohydrology Research Group, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Elucidating natural nanoparticle driven processes in different geochemical environments
Department of Environmental Geosciences, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, University of Vienna, Austria
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in Environmental Chemistry
Inorganic Environmental Geochemistry Group / ETH Zurich, Switzerland
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
The Organic/Inorganic Interface in Biominerals
Synchrotron SOLEIL_ANATOMIX beamline, L'Orme des Merisiers, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Uptake, accumulation, and metabolic fate of thioarsenates in rice
Environmental Geochemistry, Bayreuth University, Germany
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD Fellowships in geochemistry/petrology of mantle plumes
Guanghzou Institute of Geochemistry, China
01 Dec or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Nitrogen as a building block of life in subsurface serpentinizing systems and early life on Earth
National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
19 Jan
Type: PhD Position
Ironing out the carbon cycle: Carbon burial associated with iron oxides in Arctic shelf sediments
School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
07 Jan
Type: PhD Position
Ocean Sulfate and Earth Surface Evolution
School of Earth and Environment, The University of Leeds , United Kingdom
07 Jan
Type: PhD Position
Planetary science PhD projects at the University of Manchester are now advertised
University of Manchester, United Kingdom
11 Feb
Type: PhD Position
Ph.D. Positions in Trace Element Molecular Geochemistry
STARLAB / Earth and Atmospheric Sciences / Central Michigan University, United States
01 Feb or until position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Post-Doctoral Position - Biogechemical Modelling: Linking national-scale efforts to understand the role of sediment processes in controlling water quality in eutrophic lakes
Aquatic Geochemistry Group, Department of Chemistry, Laval University, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral position in stable isotope geochemistry
The Wollongong Isotope Geochronology Laboratory (WIGL), Australia
16 Dec
Type: Research Associate
2019 Exploration Fellowship in Earth and Space Science
School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, United States
01 Dec or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Associate Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Post-doctoral position utilizing U-PB LA-ICP MS geochronology
Dept. Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden
31 Dec or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral research scientist in marine dissolved organic phosphorus cycling
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Fellow: Watershed Biogeochemical Data Synthesis and Modeling
Basu Lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada
until the position is filled

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Other
Staff Associate - Geochemistry
The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Other
Assistant Professor of Geochemistry - Earth/Planetary Processes
Brown University, United States
01 Nov or until position is filled
Type: Other
Faculty Position in Isotope Geochemistry and Geochemistry
Earth and Planetary Sciences / University of Tennessee, United States
07 Jan
Type: Other
Position of Professor in Surface Geology and Geochemistry
University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada
07 Jan
Type: Other
Professor of Geology
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
11 Feb
Type: Other
Associate Professorship of Petrology and Crustal Processes
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
15 Feb
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EAG Partners

81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition: Abstract submission closes 15 January

The 81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition (London, UK;  3-6 June 2019), is the world's most significant multi-disciplinary geoscience and engineering event, gathering geoscientists and engineers from across the field for the most comprehensive technical programme of its kind. Submit your extended abstracts before 15 January 2019.

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