AGU B December 2015 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

We are gearing up for another Fall Meeting! We look forward to seeing you at the following events:

  • Business Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, 15 December, 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the Canton Seafood and Dimsum Restaurant (655 Folsom Street). Tickets: $26 per person.

Get yours before they run out! You can purchase your ticket during registration  for the Fall Meeting. The deadline for ticket sales is Monday, 30 November.

  • Our Section Business Meeting Reception is Tuesday, 15 December, 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Intercontinental Hotel, Grand Ballroom B&C.
  • The Biogeosciences Section is pleased to host this year’s Reeburgh lecture, which will be delivered by Gary King on Monday, 14 December, 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. in Moscone West 3001.


Outstanding Student Paper Awards

We need you to volunteer to judge student oral and poster presentations. Your feedback is incredibly helpful to our junior scientists. You can sign up during registration or online. Thanks to AGU’s new funding for students, last year’s student award winners are receiving free registration this year.


Biogeosciences Unique Oral Session Formats

This year the Biogeosciences Section is experimenting with new formats for oral sessions at the upcoming Fall Meeting. Check these out!

Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change

Session conveners: Christina Schaedel, Ted Schuur, Cristian Estop-Aragones

Poster Session B31D: Wednesday, 16 December, 8:00 A.M. to 12:20 P.M., Moscone South Poster Hall

Oral Sessions B41J, B42C, & B43M: Thursday, 17 December, 8:00 A.M. to 3:40 P.M., Moscone West 2004

Unique Oral Session: Thursday, 17 December, 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Moscone West 2004

This unique session will be a panel discussion with representatives from the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments in the Arctic, the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, and the Permafrost Carbon Network. Each project will be briefly introduced and the rest of this session will provide a platform for questions, discussion, and outreach related to permafrost carbon and climate change. Our panelists are Stan Wullschleger, Charles Miller, Ted Schuur, Merritt Turetsky, and Vladimir Romanovsky. The session will be moderated by Christina Schaedel and Cristian Estop-Aragones. We encourage all interested in science related to the vulnerability of permafrost carbon to climate change to attend and get engaged.



Session conveners: Heidi Seltzer, Julio Betancourt, Katherine Gerst

Poster Session B21G: Tuesday, 15 December, 8:00 A.M. to 12:20 P.M., Moscone South Poster Hall

Oral Sessions: B23K & B24E: Tuesday, 15 December, 1:40 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Moscone West 2006; B31G: Wednesday, 15 December, 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., Moscone West 2006

We are experimenting with a new oral session format, which is aimed at linking ideas across author presentations and identifying key priorities for research focused on climatic and land use impacts on plant and animal phenologies and their timings. Each oral session features four 20-minute invited and contributing author oral presentations, four lightning talks by selected poster session authors to summarize key ideas from their poster discussions, and a panel discussion. Topics and panelists for these sessions include: (1) scaling phenology with Geoff Henebry and Andrew Richardson; (2) linking phenology to ecosystem function with Toke Hoye, Dawn Browning, and David Moore; and (3) the consequences of phenological changes for global change science, climate adaptation, and resource management with Jake Weltzin and session co-chairs Heidi Steltzer and Julio Betancourt. Kathy Gerst will facilitate several of the panel discussions.


Consider Making a Gift to the Biogeosciences Section

Your contribution of $10 (students and postdocs) and $25 (other members) supports our events at AGU and student activities. You can give here:


Nominate Your Colleagues for the AGU Fellows Program

Congratulations to the new class of 2015 AGU Fellows, which includes the following members of the Biogeosciences Section:

Gregory P. Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science

Jeffrey Chanton, Florida State University

Todd E. Dawson, University of California, Berkeley

Alex B. Guenther, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jennifer W. Harden, California Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey

Glen M. MacDonald, University of California, Los Angeles

Hans W. Paerl, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

A hearty thank you to the nominators, letter writers, and members of the Biogeosciences Section Fellows Committee for their hard work. The Biogeosciences Section reviewed 26 Fellow nominations this year. We are very pleased to see seven of our nominees honored with this highly competitive award.

It’s not too early to start thinking about nominations for the 2016 medals and awards. Deadlines will be coming up in March and April.

We are pleased to see the visibility of our Biogeosciences Section honorees at the Union level and would like to showcase excellence across the diversity of our members. Here are some useful tips for writing standout nominations and some myths and facts about the nomination process compiled by a workshop panel at the 2014 Fall Meeting. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please join the Honors team at this leadership workshop as we gear up for the 2016 Honors Program nomination cycle to gain insight on how to write a more effective and successful nomination. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Honors Program nomination process, discuss critical elements of a successful nomination, and provide tips on how to effectively organize a nomination package to highlight the candidate’s scientific or professional contributions. Attendees will engage in hands-on activities with the Honors and Recognition committee members and current Honors Program selection committees on how to put together stellar nomination packets, secure supporters, and present supporting information and references in an organized approach to best highlight the candidate’s contributions. The workshop is open to all AGU members and stakeholders. Please join us for light snacks, drinks and an engaging and productive discussion with your colleagues!


Nominate Your Colleagues for the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring

The Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring is given annually to one mid-career female scientist (no more than 15 years post-degree) for significant contributions as a role model and mentor for the next generation of biogeoscientists. This award is to honor Elizabeth Sulzman, an isotope biogeochemist and soil scientist whose enthusiasm for teaching awed many undergraduates at Oregon State University. Our 2015 Sulzman Awardee is Ruth Varner. Read the citation and response online.


Other Events at the Fall Meeting:

New Undergraduate Mentoring Program

AGU is piloting a program at the 2015 Fall Meeting that will pair undergraduate attendees with more experienced attendees for an in-person mentoring experience modeled after the Ecological Society of America’s Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability program. Learn more at the AGU Fall Meeting Undergraduate Mentoring Program website.


Student Breakfast

On 15 December, wake up bright and early to enjoy breakfast with AGU section and focus group leaders from 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. All registered students are welcome to attend, but student seating is limited to 400 on a first-come, first-served basis.


Professional Development Workshops

Navigating the NSF System, Wednesday, December 16, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate A. This workshop with NSF program officers will be particularly helpful to early-career and mid-career participants, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding for the first time. Free and open to all through a partnership of AGU Education and the Earth Science Women’s Network.

Opportunities Beyond Academia, Wednesday, December 16, 4:15 P.M. to 6:15 P.M., San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate A. This workshop will discuss practical skills for making the transition to successful post-graduate careers in policy, federal research labs, state agencies, NGOs, industry, and private enterprise, and is geared toward graduate students and post-docs who are considering options outside of academia, as well as faculty who are interested. Free and open to all through a partnership of AGU Education and the Earth Science Women’s Network.


Late-Breaking Town Hall Session

Forward-Focused Ethics – What is the Role of Scientific Societies in Responding to Harassment and Other Workplace Climate Issues? Wednesday, December 16, 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M., Moscone South, Room 102. This will be an interactive session and will seek input from participants on suggested actions for the AGU and other scientific societies in helping to address and correct these issues. This town hall is jointly sponsored by AGU, the Association for Women Geoscientists, and the Earth Science Women’s Network.


See you in San Francisco!