Medals

The following medals are due to be presented at Goldschmidt2016.

V.M. Goldschmidt Award 2016 (GS)

Since 1972, the V.M. Goldschmidt Award has been presented for major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution, or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. V.M. Goldschmidt was a chemist considered to be the founder of modern geochemistry and crystal chemistry, developer of the Goldschmidt Classification of elements.

Alexandra Navrotsky Awarded to: Alexandra Navrotsky
Citationist: Masaki Akaogi
Abstract: Medal: Lanthanides and Actinides – Why Thermodynamics Matters
Medal lecture in Session 18b at 13:45 in Main Hall on Monday 27th

Alexandra Navrotsky was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and the University of Chicago (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physical chemistry). After postdoctoral work in Germany and at Penn State University, she joined the faculty in Chemistry at Arizona State University, where she remained till her move to the Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences at Princeton University in 1985. She chaired that department from 1988 to 1991 and has been active in the Princeton Materials Institute. In 1997, she became an Interdisciplinary Professor of Ceramic, Earth, and Environmental Materials Chemistry at the University of California at Davis and was appointed Edward Roessler Chair in Mathematical and Physical Sciences in 2001. She is currently Interim Dean of the UC Davis College of Letters and Sciences Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Director of the NEAT (Nano and New Materials in Energy, the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology) research group. Her research interests have centered about relating microscopic features of structure and bonding to macroscopic thermodynamic behavior in minerals, ceramics, and other complex materials. She has made major contributions to both mineralogy/geochemistry and to solid state chemistry/materials science in the fields of ceramics, mantle mineralogy and deep earth geophysics, melt and glass science, nanomaterials and porous materials. She has developed unique high temperature calorimetric techniques and instruments and her laboratory the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory, collaborates with scientists all over the world.


F.W. Clarke Award (GS)

The F.W. Clarke Award recognizes an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry, published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. F.W. Clarke was a chemist who determined the composition of the Earth's crust. He has been called the Father of Geochemistry.

Laurence Yeung Awarded to: Laurence Yeung
Citationist: John Eiler
Abstract: Medal: The Diversity of Isotopic Ordering in Small Molecules
Medal lecture in Session 17b at 13:45 in 313+314 on Tuesday 28th

My research focuses on Earth's atmospheric and biogeochemical cycles. Specifically, I use stable isotopes to understand processes ranging from stratospheric chemistry to carbon cycling in the oceans. My expertise also includes public engagement in science: I was a founding producer for PHD TV, an online-based science outreach venture led by Jorge Cham (creator of PHD Comics). My animated video, Teamwork in the Tropical Atlantic (a collaboration with Meg Rosenburg), was a finalist in the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival and won second place in the 2014 Ocean180 video contest. I received my B.A. in chemistry from Oberlin College and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.


Patterson Medal (GS)

The Clair C. Patterson Award, recognises an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade. C.C. Patterson developed the uranium-lead dating method. Using lead and uranium isotopic data from the Canyon Diablo meteorite, he calculated an age for the Earth of 4.55 billion years. A figure far more accurate than those that existed at the time and one that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.

William  Casey Awarded to: William Casey
Citationist: Tom Swaddle
Abstract: Medal: NMR Measurements on Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions to 2.0 GPa
Medal lecture in Session 17h at 08:30 in 313+314 on Friday 1st

Professor Casey is interested in the reactions between water, rock and minerals. Many weathering phenomena involve reactions with water on mineral surfaces, something which can be mimicked in the laboratory by studying the aqueous chemistry of metal aquo clusters by heteronuclear NMR and MS. Other interests include crystal growth, general cluster chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, and chemistry from an environmental aspect.


Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture (GS)

Earlier this year the Geochemical Society, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, established the first ever Endowed Lecture for the Goldschmidt Conference in the area of Biogeochemistry. This new prestigious lecture series will be held annually at the Goldschmidt as a Keynote in a related session and will recognize the research of a prominent scientist who is making cutting-edge field-based measurements or laboratory measurements on field samples in the area of biogeochemistry. The selection process involved open nominations from the global geochemical community to the Selection Committee.

Antje Boetius Awarded to: Antje Boetius
Abstract: Medal: Effects of the Declining Sea-Ice on the Arctic Ocean Ecosystem: Life Matters
Medal lecture in Session 12f at 08:30 in 416+417 on Tuesday 28th

Ingerson Lecture Series (GS)

The F. Earl Ingerson Lecture Series honors the Geochemical Society's first President. The recipient is selected annually by the GS Board of Directors.

Tim Lyons Awarded to: Tim Lyons
Abstract: Medal: A Decade of Progress in Studies of Trace Metals in the Early Oceans
Medal lecture in Session 03g at 15:30 in Room 304 on Thursday 30th

Urey Award (EAG)

The Urey Award is bestowed annually by the society for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career. The award is based solely on scientific merit and is presented at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. It is named in honor of Harold Clayton Urey, an American physical chemist whose pioneering work on isotopes earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 and later led him to theories of planetary evolution.

Klaus Mezger Awarded to: Klaus Mezger
Citationist: Mark Rehkamper
Abstract: Medal: A Model for Volatile Element Condensation and Accretion of Rocky Planetary Bodies
Medal lecture in Session 03a at 13:45 in Room 304 on Friday 1st

Klaus Mezger is a professor of Isotope Geology in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland. “My early research focused on the study of metamorphic processes in crustal rocks to understand their evolution as a function of pressure, temperature and time. This involved the use of radioactive decay schemes in metamorphic minerals for understanding the possible geologic significance of the ages provided by these chronometers. This helped to quantify the rates of processes that modify the continental crust and also yielded time constraints on events in deep crustal rocks involved in orogenic cycles. With the advent of ICPMS technology, our research group at the University of Münster expanded the capability to measure high precision isotope ratios and trace element abundances in terrestrial and extraterrestrial rocks and minerals. The development of new analytical methods is a significant driving force in the advancement of geochemistry, since it allows to measure new parameters that further our understanding of geo- and cosmochemical processes. Newly developed and improved analytical techniques opened up new opportunities to study the genesis and evolution of Earth`s continental crust and mantle and provided new insights into the chemical and isotopic evolution of the solar system from the condensation of the first matter to planet formation and their early differentiation. These studies revealed an unexpectedly short time span for the formations of the earliest planets after the start of condensation in the solar system. Studies of heavy stable isotope variations, or their lack thereof, in different meteorites classes revealed the conditions of condensation of the solar nebula, the causes for volatile element depletion and the importance of radial mixing in an evolving planetary system. The research at the University of Bern focusses on the chemical and isotopic studies of terrestrial and extraterrestrial material in order to reveal the conditions that lead to the formation of habitable planets.”


Science Innovation Award 2016 (EAG)

The EAG Science Innovation Award is bestowed upon scientists who have recently made a particularly important and innovative breakthrough in geochemistry. The geochemical research must be highly original and contribute in a significant fashion to our understanding of the natural behaviour of the Earth or planets. Such a contribution must be in the form of a widely recognized important piece of innovative scientific research published in a peer-reviewed journal. The recipient must be between 35 and 55 years old.

Jon Blundy Awarded to: Jon Blundy
Citationist: Walter Michael
Abstract: Medal: The Testimony of Zoned Crystals from Volcanic Rocks
Medal lecture in Session 08d at 13:45 in 311+312 on Thursday 30th

Jon Blundy is Professor of Petrology in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, England. Jon came to Bristol in 1989 after completing a BA in Geology at University of Oxford (1983) and a PhD at University of Cambridge (1989), where he worked on the Adamello Batholith in the Italian Alps under the supervision of Steve Sparks. At Bristol Jon held consecutive independent research fellowships, from the Natural Environment Research Council (twice) and the Royal Society, for a total of 16 years, providing him with a great opportunity to pursue his interest in all things magmatic, using a combination of fieldwork, geochemical analysis, experimental petrology and thermodynamics. In 1990 he teamed up with Bernie Wood to work on the problem of trace element partitioning between crystals and melts. Their work confirmed the importance of ionic radius in controlling trace element incorporation and spawned the Lattice Strain Model of trace element partitioning, that has been widely used since to predict partition coefficients for geochemical modelling. Jon has also worked on mineral geothermometry, magma degassing, the phase relationships of subduction zone magmas, and hydrothermal ore deposits. Together with Kathy Cashman, Jon has explored many aspects of the Mount St. Helens magmatic system, exploting its potential as a natural laboratory for understanding magma dynamics beneath andesite volcanoes. In a 2006 paper with Steve Sparks and Catherine Annen Jon introduced the concept of Deep Crustal Hot Zones in generating the compositional diversity of magmas in the crust. Jon has been a recipient of the F.W. Clarke Medal of the Geochemical Society (1997) and the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society (2005). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of Oregon (1999), Nagoya University (2007) and California Institute of Technology, where he was Moore Scholar in 2014 and 2016. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008 and the Academia Europea in 2011.


Houtermans Award (EAG)

The Houtermans award is bestowed annually to a scientist no more than 35 years of age or within 6 years of their PhD (eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented) for a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry, published as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. It is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist.

Kate Hendry Awarded to: Kate Hendry
Citationist: Daniel Conley
Abstract: Medal: Isotopes in Spicules: Delving into Deep-Sea Archives of Marine Silicon Cycling
Medal lecture in Session 12d at 08:45 in 414+415 on Thursday 30th

Kate Hendry is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. She received her MSci in Natural Sciences from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, in 2004, before carrying out her DPhil in Antarctic Biogeochemistry at Oxford University with Ros Rickaby. After eighteen months of postdoctoral research in Oxford, she was awarded a Doherty postdoctoral scholarship in 2009 to work in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (with Laura Robinson, Olivier Rouxel and Tim Eglinton). In 2010, she published her first paper on silicon isotopes in biogenic opal, and was awarded a National Science Foundation Geology and Geophysics grant to continue this research as a co-investigator at WHOI. Since returning to the UK, initially as a Research Lecturer at Cardiff University before moving to Bristol, she has been awarded research grants from the Leverhulme Trust, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Royal Society and the European Research Council to continue her work on silicon isotopes, as well as trace metals and their isotopes. Kate has been developing the use of silicon isotopes in deep-sea siliceous sponges in biomineralisation and palaeoceanographic studies since 2008. Her calibration work is based largely on sponge samples she collected on three oceanographic research cruises to Southern Ocean and Equatorial Atlantic. She has also worked with her colleagues on producing some of the first silicon isotope geochemical archives using sponge spicules from deep sea sediment cores to reconstruct past changes in oceanic silicon cycling. Her palaeoclimate work has focused on understanding changes in silicon cycling over the last deglaciation, working with Jerry McManus, Jim Hays, and Mark Brzezinski amongst others. She has worked in deeper geological time with Alex Halliday and colleagues, on coupled Southern Ocean diatom-sponge opal records from the Eocene-Oligocene boundary. Her current work includes understanding the links between biochemistry and isotope geochemistry in silicifiers on the microscopic scale, to the large scale spatial distribution of silicon and silicon isotopes in modern and past oceans.


Gast Lecture Series (GS & EAG)

The Paul W. Gast Lecture Series honors the Geochemical Society's first Goldschmidt Medalist. The lecture is awarded to a mid-career scientist (under 45 years old) and is presented at the GS/EAG annual Goldschmidt Conference. Lecturer selection alternates between the GS Board of Directors and the EAG Council depending on the location of the Goldschmidt Conference.

Shogo  Tachibana Awarded to: Shogo Tachibana
Abstract: Plenary: Chemical Evolution of the Solar System: Laboratory Experiments and Small-Body Explorations
Medal lecture in Session 01b at 11:45 in Main Hall on Thursday 30th

The Shen-Su Sun Award (The Shen-Su Sun Foundation)

The Shen-su Sun Award is to recognize exceptional geoscientists younger than 40 years, who work in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in commemoration of late Dr. Shen-su Sun for his pioneering and tremendous contributions to the geochemistry of the solid Earth and mantle dynamics, and for his unselfish and boundless mentorship to younger generations of scientists in the field of Geochemistry. This Award is presented by the Shen-Su Sun Foundation.


The Geochemical Journal Award 2016 (GSJ)

The Geochemical Journal Award recognizes the most outstanding research paper published in the previous year as evaluated on the originality, quality and advancement of science, and particularly of geochemistry.

Minako Hashiguchi Awarded to: Minako Hashiguchi
Citationist: Hiroyuki Kagi
Abstract: Medal: Deuterium- and 15N-Signatures of Organic Globules in Murchison and Northwest Africa 801 Meteorites
Medal lecture in Session 02d at 09:30 in Room 303 on Monday 27th

Geochemical Fellows 2016 (GS & EAG)