AGU B October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Biogeosciences members,


  1. Upcoming Biogeosciences Section Fall Meeting Events
  2. AGU Leadership Election Results Announced
  3. Biogeosciences Recognition
  4. Volunteer Needed for the Biogeosciences Section
  5. Give to AGU Biogeosciences
  6. Professional Development Opportunities at Fall Meeting


Upcoming Biogeosciences Section Fall Meeting Events


Biogeosciences Section Business Meeting Luncheon

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Cost: $26/ticket; please purchase your ticket when you register, as space is limited.

12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

Buca di Beppo, 855 Howard Street

This is a new venue for our luncheon. Last year, you might recall that, although we had a robust discussion on new ideas for the section, the luncheon service was less than desirable. We hope the service and the menu match the good company we all expect for the luncheon.


Biogeosciences Section Business Meeting and Reception

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

This is a free event with appetizers and a great place for you to greet your colleagues.

6:30–8:00 P.M.

Intercontinental San Francisco, Grand Ballrooms A-B


Carl Sagan Lecture: Nathalie Cabrol, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Carl Sagan Center

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

10:20–11:15 A.M.

Moscone West 2022/2024

Sponsored in 2016 by AGU Biogeosciences


AGU Leadership Election Results Announced


Thank you to everybody who volunteered to run for office and to all of you who participated in the election. We are happy to announce that Elise Pendall and Laura Wasylenki were elected president-elect and new secretary, respectively, of AGU Biogeosciences. Congratulations! We look forward to your leadership. Please click HERE to view the results of all elections.


Biogeosciences Recognition

The new class of 2016 AGU Fellows will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, 14 December 2016. We are very pleased to see seven Biogeosciences nominees honored with this highly competitive award. Congratulations to Thure Cerling, University of Utah; Mary Firestone, University of California, Berkeley; Michael Goulden, University of California, Irvine; Timothy Jickells, University of East Anglia; Yiqi Luo, University of Oklahoma; Dar Roberts, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Peter Swart, University of Miami. A hearty thank you to the nominators, letter writers, and members of the Biogeosciences Section Awards Committee for their hard work.

We are also pleased to announce that this year’s Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring was awarded to Erika Marin-Spiotta, current secretary of AGU Biogeosciences. Thanks go to the Sulzman selection committee: Michael Weintraub, Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Heidi Seltzer, and Elaine Matthews.

It’s not too early to start thinking about nominations 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. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Volunteers Needed for the Biogeosciences Section

Please consider signing up to judge posters at Fall Meeting for the Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPA). After 31 October, you can sign up HERE.

Sue Natali and Justin Dodd are chairing the OSPA committee this year, working with Maggie Lau, Kunwar Singh, and Noel Aloysius.

We are looking for advisers and oral historians of Biogeosciences section history, in addition to midcareer and early-career AGU biogeoscientists who are looking to make the centennial an outstanding event. Dork Sahagian has volunteered to help us start this effort.

Are you interested in spearheading a social media campaign for the B section to increase our visibility on Twitter, Facebook, and ResearchGate? If so, please contact Marilyn Fogel, Ariel Anbar, or Erika Marin-Spiotta.


Give to AGU Biogeosciences (

In 2016, 2992 AGU members have chosen Biogeosciences as their primary affiliation!

We need 5% of you (120 individuals) 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 get $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.


Professional Development Opportunities at Fall Meeting

The following are being led or coorganized by AGU Biogeosciences members.


Town Hall: Strategies for Attracting and Advancing a Diverse Geoscience Workforce

Monday, 12 December, 12:30–1:30 P.M.

Moscone West, 2016


Is It Harassment or Not? A Workshop for Women and Men

Tuesday, 13 December, 1:00–3:00 P.M.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate C1


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



We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!


Marilyn Fogel,

AGU Section President, Biogeosciences


Ariel Anbar,

AGU Section President-Elect, Biogeosciences