AGU B Spring 2015 Newsletter

AGU Biogeosciences Newsletter

Greetings from President Marilyn Fogel, Secretary Erika Marin-Spiotta, and President-Elect Ariel Anbar.


Award Nominations

It’s time to nominate your peers, students, mentors and heroes!
AGU Union Honors: Union Awards, Prizes, Fellows, and Medals: Deadline 15 March 2015. It’s never too early to start preparing next year’s nominations!

AGU’s Honors Program is a diverse program for recognizing members and other who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Earth and space sciences, to the service of the community, and to the public’s understanding.

View the criteria and instructions for nominating your colleagues here:

Union Fellows Program

Journalism Awards

Student Research Grants and Awards

AGU Section and Focus Group Awards Nominations: Deadline 15 April 2015

The Biogeosciences section has established an award and a named lecture which recognize scientists in various stages of their careers.

The William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh AGU Lecture: Deadline 15 April 2015

Co-sponsored with AGU Ocean Sciences, in odd numbers is presented by AGU Biogeosciences. Criteria:

Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring: Deadline 15 April 2015

Calling all students, professionals, young and not-so-young! Do you have a favorite female mentor who might be deserving of our Sulzman Award? It’s time to start preparing a nomination. Feel free to ask questions and seek help.


Call for Session Proposals for Fall Meeting 2015

We welcome proposals for sessions at the next Fall Meeting. Submission Deadline: 22 April, 11:59 P.M. EST

Session Proposals

The B section executive committee is looking for novel and creative ways to present science, particularly at the Fall Meeting. If you have new ideas for potential SWIRLS, short-format poster “talks”, hot topics discussions, panel sessions or any other ideas that might help to make the AGU Fall meeting more personal, please let us know.


Outstanding Student Presentation Awards Fall Meeting 2014

The Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPAs) are awarded to promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students for quality research in the geophysical sciences. Thanks to all B members who volunteered as judges during the past fall meeting and to our OSPA committee for coordinating a very successful season. B section student awards are sponsored by Springer, publisher of Biogeochemistry. Students will receive $200 book vouchers and free tickets to the B Section luncheon next Fall meeting. Congratulations!

Dylan Meyer, University of Texas, Austin

Justine Sauvage, University of Rhode Island

Lucy Stewart, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Eleanor Campbell, Colorado State University Fort Collins

Jessica Corman, Arizona State University

Olivia Stoken, University of Virginia

Michael Alonzo, University of California Santa Barbara

Susan Meerdink, University of California Santa Barbara

Erin Seybold, Duke University

Rose Smith, University of Maryland College Park


2014 Sulzman Awardee

Congratulations to Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson who was awarded the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring in 2014. Dr. Benitez-Nelson is a faculty member of the Marine Science Program and the Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences at University of South Carolina. 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 Dr. Elizabeth Sulzman, an isotope biogeochemist and soil scientist whose enthusiasm for teaching awed many undergraduates at Oregon State University.

Read the citation and response here:


Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes Technical Committee

In a cross-section collaboration, representatives from AGU-Biogeosciences and Hydrology are co-chairing a Technical Committee on Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes. The goals of this committee are to strengthen ties between soil science and other scientific and engineering disciplines including ecology, meteorology, biogeosciences, geochemistry, hydrology and atmospheric sciences.

Read more:


New Memorandum of Understanding with Ecological Society of America

Of special interest to the Biogeosciences section, AGU and ESA have signed an MOU to promote joint activities that foster exchange in scientific research, scientific networks and promote scientific opportunities of the membership of both organizations. Look out for future events at AGU and ESA Meetings to promote this new initiative.