AGU B Fall 2015 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Ruth Varner (University of New Hampshire) was selected as the 2015 Sulzman Award winner. The Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring recognizes AGU members who have sustained an active research career in a field related to biogeosciences while excelling as teachers and serving as role models for the next generation of female scientists.

Similarly, we are pleased to host this year’s Reeburgh lecturer, Gary King (Louisiana State University). The goal of the William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture is to recognize a prominent scientist who is making an impact in the fields of biogeosciences or ocean sciences with novel field or laboratory measurements and to create opportunities for AGU members to interact with well-known and accomplished scientists and peers by sponsoring an annual lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting.

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 at 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 who you would like to nominate to be considered for next year’s medals and awards. 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. Watch out for tweets from @AGUbiogeo over the upcoming months with reminders for how to honor the scientists who inspire you! If you have any questions about the nomination process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


New Collaboration with the Ecological Society of America

A new partnership with the Ecological Society of America (ESA) provided AGU members attending the 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore (9–14 August 2015) the opportunity to register at the ESA member rate. AGU and ESA attendees, including representatives from the Critical Zone Observatories, Long-Term Ecological Research Network, and the National Ecological Observatory Network met to celebrate this new collaboration and discuss ways to foster more research exchanges across networks. Read more here.


Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES)

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has an exciting opportunity for experts to participate in the scoping process online. IPBES is holding an online conference to scope the following two assessments:

  • the thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control (Deliverable 3bii)
  • the thematic assessment of sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools (Deliverable 3biii)

The e-conference will take place in three sessions over three weeks from 7 to 25 September 2015. It will be implemented as an internet forum/discussion board. Experts will discuss various elements relevant to the scoping reports by posting, reading, and replying on structured discussion boards. At the end of each week, a synthesis report will be prepared on the basis of comments and discussions held during the week. The next week’s discussions will build on the discussions of the previous week. By the end of the third week, the intention is to have a draft that will resemble as much as possible the structure of the final scoping reports.

The e-conference will cover the following topics and more within each assessment:

  • relevant policy questions, scope, rationale, and utility of the assessments
  • an issue analysis of what substantive items would need to be covered
  • indicators, metrics, and data sets
  • relevant aspects of indigenous and local knowledge systems
  • relevant stakeholders and initiatives and strategic partnerships
  • capacity-building needs

Register to participate here! Once the registered account has been approved, the IPBES Secretariat will send a confirmation email and further information on the e-conference and scoping process.

For more information, please visit the IPBES announcement here.


Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) and Amazon Web Services Participate in Sharing Solutions

AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), in association with Amazon Web Services (AWS), is helping scientists, leaders, and technologists use cloud computing to advance Earth and space science solutions. Through this partnership we are providing grants to codesigned solutions that address local challenges related to climate change, natural hazards, and natural resources.

We invite you to submit prototype community solutions from multidisciplinary teams of scientists, city leaders, and computer programmers from 8 September to 17 October. Teams that propose winning solutions will receive technical support to move their prototypes to the cloud.

More information on Sharing Solutions is available on the TEX website.


New Fall Meeting 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 (ESA) Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) program and is currently recruiting mentors  and is currently recruiting mentors. AGU is looking for mentors who have attended at least one Fall Meeting before, share the students’ research/scientific interests, and are willing to share their knowledge and experience with the student mentee. Learn more at the AGU Fall Meeting Undergraduate Mentoring Program website.


Registration for Fall Meeting is now open.


See you in San Francisco!

Marilyn Fogel,
AGU Section President, Biogeosciences

Ariel Anbar,
AGU Section President-Elect, Biogeosciences

Erika Marin-Spiotta,
AGU Section Secretary, Biogeosciences