November 2021

Society News

EAG Council Elections

As participation as the recent council elections reached 41%, we would like to thank all the EAG members who took the time to vote. The councillors that have been elected are Lena Alakangas, Ernest Chi Fru and Johanna Marin Carbonne. We are immensely thankful to all candidates who agreed to stand for elections.

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EAG Short Course and Conference Sponsorship Program: Apply by 30 November

Providing access to training opportunities for students is a core mission of the EAG. The Short Course and Conference Sponsorship Program is open to EAG members organizing a short course or small conference focused on special topics or techniques from the broad field of geochemistry, and provides funding to support student attendance. For the 2022 program, applications for virtual, hybrid or in-person events based in Europe will be considered. If you are an EAG member and are organizing an event in 2022, submit your application by 30 November

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Distinguished Lecture Program: online lectures for all

Participants at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Earlier this month, Dr. Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco began the 2021 Distinguished Lecture Tour with two fascinating and well-attended lectures on producing synthetic minerals and on the use of synchrotron light for solving energy problems.

The program continues each Monday until the end of November. All lectures are free and open to all. Just register to attend.

Monday 22 November, 12:30-13:30 CET: From atoms to minerals: how calcium carbonates form and why we should care

Monday 29 November at 12:30-13:30 CET: Mechanistic insights into the formation of rare earth carbonates

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Call for nominations: 2022 Robert Berner Lectureship

The EAG and GS are seeking nominations from the community for the 2022 Robert Berner Lecture, which will be delivered at the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference in Hawai'i. The lecture is on a ‘Berner’ subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth’s surface.

Nomination deadline: 10 January 2022

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Elements August issue: Geoscience Beyond the Solar System

A revolution in astronomical observation has expanded the horizon of geological processes out from the handful of rocky and icy bodies in our solar system to the now thousands of planets detected around other stars (“exoplanets”). A major result from this burgeoning field is that rocky planets are the most abundant. A remarkable ∼11% of Sun-like stars host planets similar in their size and incident flux to Earth, whilst many more planets may exist in states relevant to past periods of terrestrial evolution, either trapped as perpetual magma oceans or locked into a snowball climate. This issue will highlight the myriad opportunities exoplanets represent for investigating fundamental geological processes and the opportunities for the geosciences to contribute to this exciting young field.

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All EAG members have online access to current and past issues of Elements. Members who have selected to receive print copies of Elements, will shortly receive the latest issue by post (log into the EAG Membership Platform to verify your preferences and postal address).

Student Sponsorship Program: apply by 1 December

To continue to support early career training during the current Covid-19 pandemic, the EAG Student Sponsorship Program has been adapted to support onsite participation at events held in Europe, or online participation at events held anywhere in the world. Successful applicants will receive sponsorship of up to 500 euros to cover registration, abstract fees, and travel expenses where applicable. Next application deadline: 1 December.

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Join the EAG or renew your membership for 2022

Your EAG membership provides you with many benefits, including online and print issues of publications, access to the members' platform and forums, discounted registration for Goldschmidt2022, eligibility to apply for support from EAG Early Career programs, and much more! Join the EAG or renew your membership for 2022 from now!

2022 Membership rates

Students: 1 year - 15€ | 3 years - 35€

Professionals: 1 year - 30€ | 5 years - 120€ | 10 years - 240€

Join or renew

Important Dates and Deadlines

EAG and Goldschmidt2022 deadlines

30 November: EAG Short-course and Conference Sponsorship application deadline

1 December: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline

10 January: R. Berner Lecture nomination deadline

1 February: EAG Early Career Science Ambassador application deadline

15 February: Goldschmidt2022 Grant application deadline (opens mid-December)

View Goldschmidt deadlines

Other geochemistry related events

Ongoing Weekly: Pal(a)eo PERCS

Ongoing Weekly: Seds Online

Ongoing Weekly: Ore Deposits Hub – Open Geoscience Talks

Ongoing Fortnightly: Astrochemistry Discussions

Ongoing: Climate Now - Live conversations with climate experts

Ongoing: MicroSeminars- Microbiology Seminar Series

View all events

New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Decoupling of dissolved and particulate Li isotopes during estuarine processes

Lithium isotopes in marine authigenic or detrital sedimentary archives have been recently used to trace continental weathering over geologic timescales. However, interpretations are predominantly based...

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Oxygen limitation can trigger the production of branched GDGTs in culture

Branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (brGDGTs) are ubiquitous and well preserved sedimentary biomarkers. These compounds serve as important palaeoenvironmental indicators due to strong empirical...

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Generation of oxidising fluids by comminution of fault rocks

Mechanochemical reactions exert a crucial control on the chemical environments of crustal fault zones during co-seismic and post-seismic periods. Comminution due to faulting causes activation of fault rock surfaces...

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Insights into past tectonism from authigenic quartz

Authigenic quartz grains carry information that is diagnostic for the thermal history and thereby the burial depth and uplift of sediments. Recycled quartz grains with embayed or rounded authigenic remnants...

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Geochemistry Making the News

New mineral davemaoite discovered inside a diamond from Earth's mantle

[New Scientist] An ancient diamond found in Botswana contains a never-before-seen mineral that came from deep inside Earth. The mineral – named davemaoite – provides a unique window into deep-Earth chemistry. Originally dug up in a mine in Orapa, Botswana, the diamond is about 4 millimetres wide and...

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We Now Know Exactly Which Crater the Martian Meteorites Came From

[UniverseToday] Mars is still quite mysterious, despite all we’ve learned about the planet in recent years. We still have a lot to learn about its interior and surface evolution and how changes affected the planet’s history and habitability. Fortunately, an impact on the red planet sent clues to Earth in the form of...

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Earth’s first continents emerged from the ocean 700m years earlier than thought

[The Guardian] The Earth’s first continents rose out of the ocean 700m years earlier than previously thought, a new analysis of ancient rocks suggests. Researchers who have studied rock sediments in eastern India believe the discovery could explain an increase in oxygen in the atmosphere, and the formation of...

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Earthquakes boost tree growth

[Science] Earthquakes can tear down buildings, but they can also build up forests—at least for a little while. New research shows strong quakes can help trees grow by driving extra water into the soil surrounding their roots. These fleeting growth spurts leave signatures in wood cells that could also be used to better...

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Electrocatalyst Converts CO2 Into Multicarbon Products

[Verve Times] A new electrocatalyst called a-CuTi@Cu converts carbon dioxide (CO2) into liquid fuels. As reported by a team of Chinese researchers in the journal Angewandte Chemie, active copper centered on an amorphous copper/titanium alloy produces ethanol, acetone, and n-butanol with high efficiency. ...

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Clocking the speed of ocean circulation holds the key to past African climates

[] Scientists have identified a new mechanism to account for the drastic aridification in eastern Africa over the past two million years, with likely implications for understanding the evolution and dispersal of our early human ancestors. In a study published today in Nature, a team led by scientists at...

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New Study Sheds Light on Extent of Microbial Life and 'Deep Biosphere' on Earth

[News18] A recent study has suggested that microbes residing in the Earth’s crust make up for the majority of microbial life on the planet. Microbes have been known to reside as deep as 3 miles below Earth’s surface, and it is very likely that they can live even beyond. Since not much is known about how the...

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Trash to treasure: One man’s journey to make CO2 waste a useful product [podcast]

[ClimateNow] What does it take to turn an idea that could help fight climate change into a self-sustaining business? We often hear the glamorous stories of startups that have made it, but little about the struggles, the learning, and the luck required to get there. Pol Knops, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
Tracking stable isotope fractionations in Archean Banded Iron Formations
James Cook University, Australia
30 November 2021 or position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in aquatic chemistry and oceanography
University of Rochester, United States
Position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in Organic Geochemistry and Paleoclimate
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
15 November 2021 or position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
Carbonation-induced corrosion in low CO2 emission concrete
Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
Design of clay-based adsorbent materials for CO2 capturing from biogas.
IMT Atlantique, France
Position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in Tundra-Permafrost characterization
01 November 2021 or position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
Three PhD positions in experimental hydrothermal geochemistry
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Earth and Environmental Science Department, New Mexico Tech, United States
25 September 2021 or position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry
ETHZ, Switzerland
01 October 2021 or position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in Microbial Geochemistry of lake sediments
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
09 December 2021 or position open until filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity - University of Waterloo, Canada
Ecohydrology Research Group, University of Waterloo, Canada
Position open until filled
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Postdoc position in isotope geochemistry - LMV Clermont-Ferrand (France)
Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans - CNRS, France
23 November 2021
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Scientist/Postdoc in Climate Change and Ocean Modelling
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Germany
18 November 2021 or position open until filled
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Three Postdoc positions in Computational and Experimental Geochemistry of REE
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Earth and Environmental Science Department, New Mexico Tech, United States
Position open until filled
Type: PostDoctoral Position
World class postdoctoral fellows in volcano science
Université Clermont Auvergne, France
15 January 2022
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2021-2022), Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, United States
23 December 2021
Type: Research Associate
Isotope geochemist
Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie, Germany
01 January 2022 or position open until filled
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Two Postdoctoral Scientist Positions in Trace Element-Mineral Interactions
Washington University, United States
01 October 2021 or position open until filled
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Postdoc in stable isotopes and reaction kinetics
Indiana University USA, United States
20 October 2021 or position open until filled

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