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Newsletter - October 2020

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

Greetings from the Biogeosciences Section,                                                  

Here at the B-section, we’re thrilled to congratulate the 2020 Biogeosciences Section awardees and wanted to take a moment to tell you a bit more about them.

This year, the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring has been awarded to Dr. Nandita Basu, from the University of Waterloo. Nandita is a highly accomplished researcher and leader who studies the role humans play in modifying water availability and quality through changing land use and climate, providing innovative solutions to water sustainability challenges. She has made strong contributions through her leadership activities, including serving on AGU committee and as Editor-in-Chief or associate editor for four journals.  Widely recognized for her mentoring excellence, Dr. Basu embodies the spirit of the Sulzman award by "lifting as she climbs".

Dr. Kelly Wrighton, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Colorado State University, is this year’s winner of the Thomas Hilker Early Career Award for Excellence. An active member of AGU and the B-Section, Dr. Wrighton studies the mechanisms of microbial carbon cycling in two major methane emitting systems: wetlands and shale gas wells.  She has made ground-breaking advances in using metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, pure cultures, and geochemical approaches to understand the function of the microbial community in the subsurface.

Along with the Planetary Sciences Section, we warmly congratulate Compton James Tucker III, of NASA’s Goddard Space Center, who will present the Carl Sagan Lecture at this year’s AGU Fall Meeting. Dr. Tucker developed and deployed the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) in 1970s and was the first to show the role of vegetation in the cyclic variations of atmospheric CO2.  His research has helped us understand land cover/change, droughts, early warning for famines, and ecologically-coupled disease outbreaks. Be sure to attend Dr. Tucker’s lecture at the Fall Meeting!


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#AGU20: Online Everywhere Experience

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Guy BrasseurBrooks HansonLauren Parr

Fall Meeting is less than five months away. Our goal, with your input and counsel, is to co-create the most diverse, engaging and dynamic online experience thelp advance your science and enhance your career. We’re focused on showcasing the Earth and space sciences and their growing connections and importance... 


AGU Fall Meeting is virtual (mostly) and remains global (always)

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AGU - From the Prow, AGU Staff 

#AGU20 will be mostly virtual. “Mostly” because if science and health professionals tell us it is safe for groups to convene, AGU would like to host a regional gathering in San Francisco. If we decide that is feasible, we will let you know by August. In addition, depending on where you’re located (and if it’s safe), you can create your own mini-#AGU20 watch party or hub. We’ll share guidance if you’re interested in being a convener...


From Twitter


Confronting Racism in STEM AGU Action


Exploring the Biogeosciences


Global Methane Budget

GCP Update & trends

Jenny of Oldstones


Measuring carbon, water and energy flux across the Americas



SOils DAta Harmonization (SoDaH) & Synthesis


Tree Rings

...provide snapshots of Earth's past climate


Global Ice Viewer

See how climate change has affected glaciers, sea ice, and continental ice 



Characterizing the effects of climate change and land use on the ISS

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Important Dates

  • Fall Meeting December 1-17th
    In response to COVD-19, the Fall Meeting will be virtual (mostly) with sessions and other events streamed online.
    • Early Career Networking and Mentoring Event December 1st
      2-3 pm, Pacific Time
      • Recognition Celebration December 3rd
        1-2 pm, Pacific Time
        • Carl Sagan Lecture December 11th
          1030-12 pm, Pacific Time
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