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January 2019

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Abstract submission now open!

January is always an exciting month on the Goldschmidt calendar, with the opening of abstract submissions. With over 140 sessions to choose from, the Science Program for Goldschmidt2019 in Barcelona is as exciting as ever. Visit the abstracts webpage for instructions for how to prepare and submit your abstracts, as well as our handy tutorials.

Abstract submission deadline: 29 March.


Goldschmidt Grants Program

The Goldschmidt Grant Program aims to make the Conference as accessible as possible by providing waived registration fees and travel support for early career delegates whose institution is located in a country designated by the World Bank as “low-income” or “lower-middle-income” economy. 

Additionally, for US-based students and postdocs, Geoscience Diversity grants and Planetary Science grants are available through support from US funding agencies.

Visit the Grants page to check eligibility and for more information on the different programs.
Application deadline: 15 March.


Goldschmidt2019 is looking for student helpers!

The help provided by student volunteers is vital to the smooth running of Goldschmidt Conferences. If you are interested in getting involved and speak English fluently, you can apply for 4 or 6 days' volunteering at Goldschmidt2019. Check out the Student Helpers page for more information and to apply.
Application deadline: 29 March.

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Society News

Sigurður Reynir Gíslason starts as EAG President

Following his mandate as Vice-President, Sigurður Reynir Gíslason (Siggi) has now started his term as EAG President for 2019-2020. Siggi is a Research Professor at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, and is the chairman of CarbFix, the initiative to store carbon in basaltic rocks. He has been involved with EAG since 2015, serving both as a councillor and on nominations committees. Read a message from our new President on the EAG Blog.

The EAG Council also welcomes Derek Vance as Vice-President, Dan Frost as Goldschmidt Officer, and Maud Boyet, Kate Kiseeva and Alberto Vitale Brovarone as Councillors. The EAG would also like to thank all those moving on -- former secretary Andreas Kappler, Goldschmidt Officer Antje Boetius, councillors Don Canfield and Kirsten Küsel, and former President Liane Benning -- for their exceptional dedication and their lasting and substantive contributions.

2019 EAG Council

EAG-GS Outreach Program: Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane visits Mauritania for the start of the 2019 tour

The EAG-GS Outreach Program is a partnership between the EAG and the Geochemical Society with the directive of developing outreach activities in geochemistry in under-represented regions of the world.

2019 Outreach Lecturer, Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane (University Hassan II of Casablanca), a scientist in the fields of Meteoritics, Planetary Sciences and Geochemistry, will start this year's tour in Mauritania on 28 January, where she will give a seminar and workshop on Morocco and Mauritania meteorites at the University of Nouakchott.

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EAG-sponsored short-course: Tools in Biogeochemistry - Apply now!

11-16 August 2019 - University of Tuebingen. This 5-day course, co-sponsored by the European Association of Geochemistry, will focus on the use of cutting edge analytical, spectroscopic and microscopic tools in environmental biogeochemistry. The course is designed for PhD students with a strong interest in biogeochemical processes (max. 20 participants). Price is 300€ (incl. lunch and 5 nights’ accommodation).

To apply, please send a CV and motivation letter to Prof. Andreas Kappler and Dr. Casey Bryce by 31 January 2019.

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Student Sponsorship Program: next deadline is 1 February

The EAG Student Sponsorship Program sponsors 12 students each year, up to 500 Euros per student, to attend geochemistry-related short courses, summer schools, workshops or conferences located in Europe (except for the Goldschmidt conference). The next application deadline is 1 February 2019.

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EAG Blogosphere

Calling all geo-bloggers!

The EAG Blogosphere is seven years old this January! During this time, we've published almost 200 posts from students, researchers, professors, EAG Ambassadors and even EAG Presidents, on topics as diverse as searching for the origins of life, photons in the night skies, remote volcanoes, famous geochemists, and post-submission protocols!

We are always on the look out for new contributors, so if you are passionate about communicating science and have some ideas for a regular feature, or if you are planning on attending Goldschmidt2019 in Barcelona this August and would like to gain some experience as part of the Goldschmidt blogging team (in return for a free banquet ticket!), please do contact the EAG office!

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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
15 March: Goldschmidt2019 grants application deadline
15 May: Goldschmidt2019 field trips booking deadline
29 March:  Goldschmidt2019 abstract submission deadline and student helper application deadline
18 June: Goldschmidt2019 early registration deadline
18 July: Goldschmidt2019 workshop booking deadline and pre-registration
18-23 August: Goldschmidt2019 Conference

Other geochemistry related event deadlines

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
28 February: EGU General Assembly 2019 early registration deadline
11 March: 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (Organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rates) abstract deadline
15 March: 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019 (Organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rates) early registration deadline
15 March: Université d’été POLLUSOLS application deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Onset of volatile recycling into the mantle determined by xenon anomalies 

Noble gases serve as unique tracers of the origin and evolution of Earth’s volatile reservoirs owing to their inert nature and contribution from extinct and extant radioactivities. However, noble gases are low in abundance relative to many other elements, particularly in the Earth’s mantle. Additionally,…

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Goethite, a tailor-made host for the critical metal scandium: The FexSc(1-x)OOH solid solution

Scandium is the subject of increasing interest and is even becoming critical for a number of institutions in Europe and the U.S.A. among others because of its economic value and supply risk...

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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...

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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...

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Geochemistry Making the News

Plastic pollution discovered at deepest point of ocean

[The Guardian] The deepest point on Earth is heavily polluted with plastic, scientists have discovered, showing how pervasively the world has been contaminated...

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Ice-filled Martian crater is a permanent winter wonderland

[NewScientist] Even Mars is getting into the festive spirit. This is the Korolev Crater near the north pole of the Red Planet, which is filled with a mound of water ice...

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First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles dark red snowman

[The Guardian] Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has beamed home its first close-up images of Ultima Thule, a lump of rock the shape of an unfinished snowman that lies...

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Engineers identify improved membranes to capture CO2 at coal-fired power plants

[ScienceDaily] A computational modeling method developed at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering may help to fast-track the...

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How an ancient cataclysm may have jump-started life on Earth

[Science] ATLANTA—A cataclysm may have jump-started life on Earth. A new scenario suggests that some 4.47 billion years ago—a mere 60 million years after Earth...

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Sunscreen and cosmetics compound may harm coral by altering fatty acids

[ScienceDaily] Although sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburns and skin cancer, some of its ingredients are not so beneficial to ocean-dwelling creatures...

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Scientists Just Drilled Through Thousands of Feet of Ice Into a 'Lost' Antarctic...

[ScienceAlert] Antarctica has a new hole. It's more than a kilometre (just under 4,000 feet) deep, barely a hand-span or two in width, and ends in a body of water named...

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Retreating ice sheets could be uncorking another new source of carbon pollution

[ArcticToday] Most people are familiar with the sudden appearance of bubbles in a bottle of soda after the lid is opened. The explanation for why that happens...

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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
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
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
Type: PhD Position
PhD studentships in planetary science at the Natural History Museum, London.
Planetary Materials Group, Department of Earth Science, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
15 Feb

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
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
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc position in Applied Geochemistry
Applied Geochemistry Group, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
20 Jan or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Application of a Portable Laser Ablation Sampling Device and ICP-MS to the Analysis of Cultural Heritage Objects
Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University, United States
03 Mar
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc position in geochemistry
The University of Chicago, Department of the Geophysical Sciences and Enrico Fermi Institute, United States
10 Feb or until 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
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
Type: Other
Senior Transmission Electron Micro-Spectroscopy Researcher / Laboratory Manager. Permanant Post.
Interface Geochemistry, GFZ Potsdam, Germany
15 Feb
Type: Other
Assistant or Associate Professor - Mine Systems Biogeochemistry - tenure track position
The University of Arizona, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Academic (faculty positions)
Assistant/Associate Professor Mining Biogeochemistry - tenure track position
University of Arizona, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Other
GeoEnvironmental Engineer
Queen's University - Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Canada
22 Feb
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EAG Partners

15th SGA Biennial Meeting: "Life with Ore Deposits on Earth"

The SGA, the Local Organising Committee, the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow, Eva Bolander, and Scotlandʼs First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, extend the warmest invitation to you to come to The University of Glasgow for the SGA's 15th Biennial Meeting, 27-30 August, 2019. Abstract submission and registration are now open. Abstract deadline: 11 March 2019.

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81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition

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.  Early registration deadline: 15 March 2019.

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