AGU B December 2016 Newsletter

Dear Biogeosciences members,

Free beer and wine on Tuesday evening! Come one, come all.

Message from President Fogel:

I hope that tag line encouraged you to read past the “Dear members” salutation. This is my last newsletter as AGU Biogeosciences President, as I hand the reins off to Ariel Anbar and Elise Pendall. Four years ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this position, which is mostly made up of answering piles of weekly emails, editing this newsletter a few times a year, and MC-ing the lunch and evening events at the Fall Meeting. AGU is such an enormous organization, that without putting in tremendous effort, you slide through the daily business without seemingly making a difference. It has been a challenge to figure out how the Council works, what impact the Board has, and how oral talks are actually scheduled!

The Fall Meeting at AGU for Biogeosciences has, in the time I’ve been President, become the premier place to showcase exciting work in this field, attracting new members and affiliate members at a good clip. Take for example, the Soils community, who for a second year in a row, is pulling off a SWIRL with meetings of interest to an interdisciplinary group for the entire week. As President, I’ve been forced to realize that the B-section is much bigger in scope than my smaller field of stable isotope biogeochemistry. I hope that all of the B-section scientists feel at home at AGU, particularly in December when we gather for this yearly event.

I would like to thank Eric Davidson for providing training at the start of my term of service, to Ariel Anbar for picking up the pieces I dropped, to Melanie Harrison Okoro and Jasmine Crumsey for lighting a fire under me last year, and to Beth Parades and others at AGU headquarters for being patient with forgotten requests.

Now, on to the regular news! This is San Francisco, California, Baby! Let’s make this meeting a good one by arguing at those poster sessions, asking questions at oral talks, and drinking as much beer as AGU has on tap.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on December 11th!


Join us for the Tuesday luncheon and evening business meeting and reception.

We have a limited number of extra tickets for the Biogeosciences Section luncheon. We have set these aside for federal government workers who did not get travel authorization until after the formal ticket sales were complete. If you would like to join us (and we hope you do) please sign up here and check in at the event. In return, we ask that you make a donation to AGU in the amount of the ticket.

In addition to honoring our Fellows, Section and Student awardees at the luncheon, we would like to have a conversation about AGU’s role in promoting climate change research and discuss how best to support our scientists. We’ll be handing out those sticky notes again to get your input. Ariel will be leading the discussion about AGU’s involvement with corporations and its policies on engaging the federal government on climate change. We want to hear what you think.

There will be a related conversation on Continuing geoscience and diversity work in a changing world Wednesday, 14 December, 7:00–9:00 A.M. at Jillian’s, Metreon Center.


Event Details:

Biogeosciences Section Business Meeting Luncheon (ticketed event)

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Buca di Beppo, 855 Howard Street


Biogeosciences Section Business Meeting and Reception (free event)

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

6:30–8:00 P.M.

Intercontinental San Francisco, Grand Ballrooms A-B

Thank you to the New Phytologist Trust for their sponsorship of our mixer!


The Carl Sagan Lecture this year is sponsored by the Biogeosciences Section. Come hear Nathalie Cabrol, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Carl Sagan Center

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

10:20–11:15 A.M.

Moscone West 2022/2024


We need you to judge student posters and talks at Fall Meeting. Please sign up here. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to our early career researchers. OSPA winners will receive free registration to next year’s Fall Meeting and the Biogeosciences luncheon and $120 Springer vouchers. We thank Kate Lajtha, Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Biogeochemistry, for the generous support of our student award winners in 2014, 2015, and again in 2016.


Because of you, we have a better reception and bring more support to young scientists. We continue to need your support. This year, 2992 AGU members have chosen Biogeosciences as their primary affiliation! We need 5% of you to give $50+ to reach our participation goal, at which point, AGU will give $1000 back to the section. If we get 15% of our section members to give at least $50, then we receive $5000 from AGU! This translates into better event support at Fall Meeting, potentially new support for postdoc travel, increased student support, and new initiatives for the Centennial Project, just to name a few ideas.


This year, AGU is launching a movement to raise awareness about the problem of sexual harassment in the sciences called #SafeAGU. Check out a number of related events at the Fall Meeting on work climate and diversity.


Of interest to our early career are the following professional development workshops at Fall Meeting led or co-organized by AGU Biogeosciences members.

Navigating the NSF System Workshop

Wednesday, 14 December, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A


Success in Scientific Publishing and Outreach Workshop

Wednesday, 14 December, 2:00–4:00 P.M.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A


Opportunities Beyond Academia Workshop

Wednesday, 14 December 14, 4:00–6:00 P.M.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A


Town Hall: Awards & Grants- Advancing Your Early Earth Sciences Career: Multi-agency Perspectives

Thursday, 15 December 15, 6:15–7:15 P.M.

Moscone West, 2020


If you’ve made it to the end of the newsletter, congratulations! Come shake our hands at the Meeting and consider helping to promote AGU as the kind of society that you are proud to be a part of.

Marilyn Fogel,

AGU Section President, Biogeosciences

Ariel Anbar,

AGU Section President-Elect, Biogeosciences