September 2019 Newsletter

Greetings from your Biogeosciences Section Leaders,


The Fall Meeting excitement is building as we prepare for a record number of scientific sessions and numerous special events to celebrate AGU’s Centennial. Here are your need-to-know items as you start to plan for the 2019 Annual Meeting:


  • The deadline for our Biogeosciences Caregiver Conference Support award applications has been extended to September 7 (details below)
  • Early bird rate registration date (save > $100!), November 7
  • Our Section Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be Tuesday, Dec 10th from 12:30-1:30PM, at Fang Restaurant, (660 Howard St, SF) and will honor our new Fellows, Section awardees and OSPA winners
  • Section reception (back by popular demand) is Tuesday evening, Dec 10th


We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our Section events, so be sure to sign up when you register!  Our Program Committee is hard at work right now to optimize the scheduling so we all have a chance to see as many talks as possible, and please be sure to look out for Biogeosciences Section and Earth Covering Neighborhood Centennial Sessions as well. Here’s the link for registration.


More about the Biogeosciences Caregiver Conference Support awards:

These awards support student and early career members affiliated with the Biogeosciences section who face challenges in attending the Fall Meeting due to expenses related to their responsibilities as the primary caregiver for a child or other dependent. Each grant of $500 can be used toward conference attendance or caregiving expenses such as daycare costs during the conference, flight expenses of the dependent accompanying the awardee to the conference, or temporary caregiver fees related to conference attendance. Click here for details and application requirements. Applications must be received by September 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.


Hearty congratulations to our 2019 Awardees!

AGU Fellows nominated by the Biogeosciences Section:

Ann Pearson, Harvard University

Edward Schuur, Northern Arizona University

Eric Davidson, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Gert J. De Lange, Geosciences - Utrecht University (NL)

James Farquhar, University of Maryland College Park

Jayne Belnap, United States Geologic Survey

Karen Heywood, University of East Anglia

Kitack Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Kurt Konhauser, University of Alberta

Osvaldo Sala, Arizona State University

Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institute of Washington

Sybil Seitzinger, University of Victoria

Thomas S. Bianchi, University of Florida


Sulzman Award: Rebecca Barnes, Colorado College

Hilker Award: Kim Novick, Indiana University

Taira Prize: Beth Orcutt, Bigelow Institute for Ocean Sciences

Simpson Medal: Ann Pearson , Harvard University


Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (2018):

Heidi Aronson

Anna Knight

William Hammond

Ellen Ward

Jenny Ni

Amanda Labrado

Mollie Yacano

Rachel King

Nataša Popović

Elizabeth de la Reguera


As always, we welcome your suggestions and questions and participation in YOUR AGU.




Elise Pendall (President), Margaret Torn (President-Elect), Jennifer Pett-Ridge (Secretary)