March 2024 Newsletter

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Join the Biogeosciences Canvasing Committee

Please join Past-President Margaret Torn to help stimulate nominations! The ad hoc Canvassing Committee will be active February-March and has the nice job of thinking about amazing people in our Section to suggest as nominees.

We need Section members from all career stages and backgrounds for this committee.

To join or for more information, use this form.
Join the Biogeosciences DEI & Early Career Committee for a March Townhall Webinar

Topic: Is This Sustainable? The State and Future of Earth Science Careers
Date: Late March (exact date TBD)
Location: Zoom

The DEI and Early Career committees are hosting a virtual town hall series to support early career scientists and provide space for a dialog between our membership and leadership in the field. The first of these events “Is This Sustainable? The State and Future of Earth Science Careers” will be a cross-career stage panel discussion about folks’ views on whether the Earth Sciences will provide viable career paths.

Please Note: We are finalizing the date for this town hall, if you are interested in attending please fill out your information in this google form and we will send the registration when it’s live!
It is not too late! AGU Award & Honors Season is open through 27 March!

Consider nominating a colleague, mentor or student for an AGU award!

Receiving an honor or becoming an AGU Fellow gives the recipient’s career a big boost and shows that their community recognizes their contributions. Let’s cast a broad net of nominations this year!
The AGU Canvassing Committee is here to help.
  • Contact us if you have questions about the process; would like to suggest someone to be nominated; or anything else.
  • We recommend that you start putting a nomination package together early!
  • There are valuable “How-To” series on Youtube, created by the section’s DEI Committee, which held online workshops and office hours to help with preparing a nomination package.
Biogeosciences Section Awards
  1. The Sulzman Award for Scientific Excellence Through Education and Mentoring. Recognizes significant contributions as a role model and mentor for the next generation of biogeoscientists, especially those under-represented in Earth sciences.

  2. Thomas Hilker Early Career Award for Excellence in Biogeosciences. Recognize unusually creative work by an early career scientist that advances scientific understanding in the biogeosciences.

  3. William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture. Recognizes a scientist who embodies Carl Sagan’s interest in astrobiology, as well as his effective science communication skills. This is an easy nomination process. Email your nomination directly to the Section President (Colleen Hansel) and President-Elect (Emily Bernhardt).
Thank you everyone for your support!


Colleen Hansel, Section President
Tana Wood, Section Secretary
Emily Bernhardt, Section President-Elect, Fellows Committee Chair
Margaret Torn, Section Past President, Canvassing Committee Chair
Derek Pierson, Section Webmaster
Laura Meredith, Fall Meeting Program Chair
Maya Almaraz and Jesse Bloom Bateman, Chairs, DEI Committee
Stephanie Pennington, Chair, Early Career Committee
Jingyi Huang, Chair, Soils Processes and Critical Zone Technical Committee
Ashley Ballantyne, Chair, Outstanding Student Presentation Award Committee
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