Friday, December 20, 2013

Fully funded PhD position

Fully funded PhD position to do research on the project:
Upscaling CH4 emission from the Arctic from the plot to the global  scale: building a framework for comparison with models

This studentships is part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership "ACCE" (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment).

This is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh (Dr. Ute Skiba, and Dr. Garry Hayman).
The student will spend some time doing research in the Arctic Alaska, in collaboration with San Diego State University (Prof. Walter Oechel and Prof. David Lipson).

The studentships are available to UK and EU applicants only. Residency rules apply:

To apply for the studentships listed please complete an on-line application form which can be found at

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday 20th January 2014

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PhD studentship opportunities in Cambridge (UK)

The Cambridge Earth System Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) has been awarded 15 studentships from the Natural Environment Research Council, and other funds may be available to increase this (studentships to start in October 2014). The DTP brings together 7 university departments and the British Antarctic Survey. One of the three themes of the DTP is Climate and within this many of the project outlines are palaeoclimate-based. These include projects using ice cores, marine sediments, ones looking at Holocene climate change, past glaciations and the dynamics of glacial cycles, as well as novel proxies.

For further details and to apply, please go to:

where you can browse the available projects.

Source: PYRN

Monday, December 9, 2013

PhD Studentship on Dauphiné Twins in quartz, KU Leuven (Belgium) & UC Berkeley (U.S.A.)

PhD position on the subject Relating Dauphiné twins in quartz with the three-dimensional stress state in the Earth’s crust. This project is supervised by M. Sintubin (KU Leuven, Belgium) and H.-R. Wenk (UC Berkeley, U.S.A.).

More information on the PhD Studentship can be found on

Job announcements for 2 PhD + 1 Postdoc position in permafrost / remote sensing / soil carbon research

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), section Periglacial Research, Potsdam (Germany), invites applications for 3 new positions in the field of remote sensing and soil carbon dynamics of rapid permafrost thaw.

Background: Permafrost soil carbon pools are estimated to store substantial amounts of ancient carbon that is potentially vulnerable to mobilization. The recently funded European Research Council Starting Grant PETA-CARB (“Rapid Permafrost Thaw in a Warming Arctic and Impacts on the Soil Organic Carbon Pool”), led by Dr. Guido Grosse, aims at quantification of important deep soil organic carbon pools in panarctic permafrost regions, their short- and long-term dynamics on the landscape scale, and the measurement of rapid permafrost thaw and its impacts on soil carbon pools. The project will foster an interdisciplinary team of field scientists and remote sensing experts, with key field study sites to be visited in the Lena Delta and Yakutsk regions of Siberia, and the Northslope and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta regions in Alaska.

Positions: For details on each position such as job duties, required skills, and necessary application materials please refer to the detailed announcement texts at the respective AWI websites (here specified as shortened URL).

PostDoc (3 years)
Remote sensing of permafrost thaw rates and landforms on regional to continental scales
Job code: 106/D/Geo-P
Detailed announcement text:

PhD student (3 years)
Remote sensing of rapid permafrost thaw and development of thermokarst process models
Job code: 105/D/Geo-P
Detailed announcement text:

PhD student (3 years)
Paleo-environmental conditions and long-term dynamics of thermokarst and associated soil carbon stocks
Job code: 114/D/Geo-P
Detailed announcement text:

The application deadline is 10th January 2014, and a possible start date could be as early as 01. March 2014 (negotiable).

All positions will be based at the AWI Periglacial Research Unit in Potsdam, Germany, a world class facility for multidisciplinary permafrost research.
For further information on the nature of the positions please contact Dr. Guido Grosse, +49-(0)331-2882150,

Source: PYRN 

UCLA Ion Microprobe Student Workshop (February 17 – 21, 2014)

The UCLASIMS laboratory will host a 5 day workshop on ion microprobe applications in Earth Sciences from February 17 to 21, 2014. The workshop emphasizes microanalytical geochronology and isotope geochemistry with a large radius magnetic sector SIMS. NSF’s Instrumentation and Facilities program will sponsor travel, accommodation costs and course materials for domestic participants. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates (with recommendation letter of an academic supervisor) can apply via: by 01/10/14.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

YES Network Sudan is now ONLINE!

The YES Network is glad to announce that the YES Sudan has been launched! Check out their blog online

If you're a YES member from Sudan, join now your national chapter.

LinkedIn group:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Critical Issues Program Releases Preliminary Results of "Defining Critical Issues" Survey

The Critical Issues program, part of the American Geosciences Institute's (AGI's) Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding, has just released the preliminary results of the "Defining Critical Issues"
survey which can be accessed from the Critical Issues program website:

The majority of responses to the web-based survey were from geoscientists in the post-secondary academic sector, while the number of responses from the public and the decision-making community was substantially smaller. The most frequently mentioned critical issues were climate change, water, energy, environment,
natural hazards, economics, and issues associated with agriculture, food, and soils. When asked to select the highest priority issues, all cohorts chose climate change. Those who described themselves as geoscientists, public, or "other" chose water as the second priority issue, while decision makers considered human population growth to be the second highest priority. Human population growth was ranked as the third highest priority issue by the geoscientist, public, and "other" cohorts. Decision makers were evenly split
between energy, environment, and politics (which includes issues surrounding the political system, governance and regulation, among others) for their third priority issue.

The aim of the web-based survey is to understand how the decision-making community, geoscience community, and the public define the term "critical issue," as well as which critical issues are of top concern to each community.
The survey is deliberately short, broad, and unstructured in order to capture a wide range of responses. The survey, which was launched on November 5, 2013, will officially close on December 31, 2013, and a final report will be published in January 2014. The Critical Issues program especially seeks additional input
from members of the public and decision-making community. The survey can be accessed at

Monday, December 2, 2013

EUCOP 4 - deadline for abstracts approaching

Dear YES members,

Please be aware that the deadline for abstract submission to the 4th European Conference on Permafrost (Évora - Portugal,18-21 June 2014) is due in two weeks time - 15 December 2013.

You are invited to consider submitting an abstract and joining us in Évora next year. A number of interesting field trip from North Africa, across Iberia up to the Alps is to take place. Registration is open and the number of available places is limited.

More information:

On the behalf of the EUCOP4 Local Organizing Committee

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

AGU Workshop: Getting Out in the Field as a Skill

Are you interested in incorporating field work into your research projects but you're worried that you don't know how to properly plan & execute a successful field campaign? Have you participated in numerous field campaigns with varied success and would like to improve your field planning, leading, and execution skills?
If so, please join us at the Getting Out in the Field as a Skill Workshop held at the upcoming AGU Fall meeting ( The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 11th from 3-5pm in the Marriott Marquis Golden Gate A. The workshop will provide a panel discussion on the challenges, benefits, and strategies for being successful at planning, leading, and completing fieldwork in a variety of settings. All career stages are welcome to attend!
The workshop's panelists include Dr. Bob Hawley (Dartmouth College), Dr. Fiamma Straneo (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette (U. Massachusetts-Amherst), and Allen O'Bannon (Field Risk Manager, CH2MHILL Polar Services). Each panelist will briefly provide his/her key tips for the successful planning and execution of field work, then the panel will open-up to questions from the audience.
The workshop is co-hosted by the Earth Science Women's Network ( and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists ( If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Ellyn Enderlin (

Ellyn M Enderlin, PhD
Post Doctoral Associate
Climate Change Institute

University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Job: Research Fellow in Geology

For 2 years, at 36 hours a week
The Department of Geology of Naturalis employs six palaeontologists, two mineralogists, one research fellow, two post-docs, and four PhD researchers. Palaeontological research at the institute is thematically driven with regional foci on the Netherlands, southeast Asia, northwestern Europe, and the Mediterranean. Two staff members are currently co-leading an EU-ITN programme. Palaeontological expertise covers large branches of the Tree of Life and most of the Phanerozoic. Mineralogical research mostly concentrates on the Precambrian basement areas of former Gondwana, with emphasis on gemmology and partial melting. Thanks to a recent infrastructure investment, the labs have been expanded with micro-CT, micro-Raman, an EDS system linked to a new FEG-SEM, and state-of-the-art DNA facilities. In addition, collaboration with Earth science departments at Utrecht University and the Free University of Amsterdam ensures access to a national lab facility including a FEG-EMP and a nanoSIMS as of 2014 .
We seek to attract a Research Fellow to support one of the departmental research programmes, namely “Biodiversity on a dynamic planet at variable time scales”, “Long-term resilience of ecosystems“, “Evolution of island faunas”, and “HT processes in the continental crust”. You are an energetic and enthusiastic scientist with a proven track record and a clear view on how your research programme will contribute to the future success of the museum. You are eager to join our new institute, to cooperate with the existing staff, to study the natural history collections, and to use the new scientific infrastructure. Developing national and international partnerships as well as acquisition of externally funded projects are essential. You are expected to contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to represent Naturalis Biodiversity Center in societal and scientific communities.

You have a PhD degree in geology,  palaeontology, mineralogy or petrology,and at least two years, and preferably not more than six years, of experience at the postdoctoral level. You have excellent teaching and communications skills in English, both written and verbal.
Furthermore, you have an excellent scientific track record (given the point in your career) and are involved in innovative and multidisciplinary research projects, operating in an international scientific network. You are able to engage in collaborative networks with students and university partners as well as existing Naturalis research staff. We expect you to qualify for personal grant systems at national (NWO-VIDI) or international (ERC) level and to submit high-quality proposals to such funding schemes.
Depending on the research topic, desired qualifications may include:
·         Ample experience with advanced microscopy techniques, GIS applications and/or web-based taxonomy;
·         Experiencewith research popularisation.

We offer
A full-time contract (36 hours per week) for one year, to be extended with one year after successful evaluation. A competitive salary up to a maximum of circa EUR 48,000 gross per year depending on experience and qualifications, including holiday allowance (8%). All our employees are incorporated into a pension fund. 
You are invited to submit your application, including your curriculum vitae, a clearly focused research programme of maximum two pages (containing a two year working plan), a proposed budget, a complete list of publications*, your H-index, up to five keywords describing the research area, a statement of teaching interests and the names and e-mail addresses of at least two persons who can be contacted for reference (and who have agreed to be contacted), by November 29, by e-mail to

For more information on the current research and facilities, see the websites of the founding partners of Naturalis Biodiversity Center, on - -

Any additional information can be requested from:

Dr. Leo M. Kriegsman, Head of the Department of Geology
Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Friday, November 15, 2013

37th Annual Winter Meeting of the Mineral Deposits Studies Group: Registration is Open

Registration for the 37th Annual Winter Meeting of the Mineral Deposits Studies Group is now OPEN.  Full details are available on the conference website:

The registration direct link is here:

The meeting is hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, and takes place on the 6-7th January 2014 at Keble College, Oxford.  The icebreaker is on the evening of Sunday the 5th January, and there is also a limited-numbers field trip during the day highlighting the economic geology of Oxfordshire.

Planned sessions include:

- Critical metals supply - a global perspective
- Exploration in difficult times
- The minerals industry - environmental and socio-economic challenges
- Ore deposit research in progress
- Metallogeny of new jurisdictions

Presentations by industry participants and students are strongly encouraged.

In addition we are pleased to announce a half-day PERC workshop to introduce practising geologists to the new PERC reporting standard - please express interest for both this and for the fieldtrip during the registration process.

The Abstract deadline is Friday 29th November; template and details available on the website, as are committee contact details. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Recruiting Master or PhD student for project on Methane emissions from arctic ponds

Laboratory in biooptics and microbial ecology of the INRS-ETE

Methane emissions from arctic ponds
Arctic climate change accelerates permafrost thawing and the mobilisation of carbon (C) stored in frozen soils of the tundra for millennia. This thaw generates thousands of small aquatic systems with diverse limnological and geomorphological properties. Some of these systems emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases and scientists estimate that these emissions could influence the climate. However, the source and lability of the available organic C, and the microbial communities of these systems influence C exchanges, which are quite variable in space and time, leaving large uncertainties on their potential to influence climate at the planetary scale. Notably, methane emissions through ebullition have been overlooked. Moreover, gas exchange models used to estimate diffusive emissions are inadequate for such small systems. Finally, the emission of old C stored in peat deposits could have a determining influence on climate through a positive feedback, by comparison to C recently fixed by plants, urging for the identification of C sources used by microbes.
The project consist in sampling a series of thaw ponds on Bylot Island, Nunavut, to determine diffusion and ebullition flux, C sources with 14C dating, and the factors influencing the emissions (geomorphology surrounding the ponds, physical structure of the water column and sediment below, C characteristics, CH4 oxidation with stable isotopes, etc.). This multidisciplinary project will be supervised by I. Laurion (limnology, microbial ecology, INRS-ETE) and D. Fortier (geomorphology, U. of Montreal), and is financed by ArcticNet. The student will be highly encouraged to apply to EnviroNorth scholarship program (deadline 15 November,

Start: as soon as possible (January 2014)

The application needs to include a CV, a motivation letter, the university transcripts and 2 letters of recommendation.
A good knowledge of biology and biogeochemical cycles will be an asset.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Student Technical Experience Programme (STEP)

Job No.:707028
Division: Group Mining & Technology
Site: Corporate Centre London
Department: Exploration
Work type: Student Vacation Work
Location: London

Am I eligible?
We offer summer vacation work placements to selected undergraduates studying geology and/or a geosciences subject in European Universities. During their STEP placements students are offered the opportunity to work on real life projects and in order to ensure that both parties benefit the most from the experience, only applications from 3rd and 4th years students will be considered.

A typical placement
Placements are usually eight to twelve weeks long and take place between June and September. They are typically available in mining operations or exploration sites in Africa, South America, Asia-Australia, Canada and Northern Europe.

Where can I go?
Where you get to go on your work placement varies from year to year and depends on the projects and opportunities available in our business. Recent placements have included Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru and Finland.

Practical help
If you are selected for STEP, you'll need an up-to-date passport and you'll need to apply for your own work visa, but our HR team in London can help with this.
We'll pay your travel costs to your placement and the sponsoring business unit will arrange accommodation and provide reasonable living expenses in line with your host country.

Taking part in STEP opens doors and lets you see what it is like working for one of the world's leading mining companies.

Here are just some of the ways you could benefit:
• work on a real project in a real workplace
• gain insight into the practical applications of your degree
• spend two to three months working in a new environment
• meet new people from across our truly international workforce
• experience a new culture, even learn a new language
• increase your career prospects with valuable work experience for your CV.

7 Oct 2013 GMT Standard Time
Closing date:
30 Nov 2013 11:55pm GMT Standard Time

PHD student needed in Environmental Soil Chemistry

A fully-funded PhD graduate assistantship, starting in fall 2014, is available in environmental soil chemistry in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.

Manganese (Mn) oxides are one group of the most reactive environmental materials that play a significant role in controlling contaminant fate and transport and nutrient cycling in natural environmental systems and also have applications in water treatment, air purification and electrochemistry. We seek a highly‑motivated PhD candidate to conduct research on biogenic Mn oxide (BioMnOx) nanoparticles that are formed through microbially-mediated Mn2+ oxidation. The student will investigate how the mineralogical and chemical properties of BioMnOx depend on environmental conditions under which the oxides form, and how the property variations affect BioMnOx reactivity regarding metal and nutrient cycling. The student will learn multiple state-of-the-art synchrotron X‑ray techniques for characterizing nanoparticles and metals, including X-ray absorption spectroscopy and high-energy X-ray scattering or atomic pair distribution function analysis available at the national synchrotron X-ray facilities.

The ideal candidate will have a MS degree in soil science, geochemistry/chemistry, environmental science and engineering, and geomicrobiology with a strong background and interest in chemical, mineralogical and microbial processes. To apply go online ( or for pre-application evaluation you may email CV, unofficial GPA and GRE/TOEFL scores, and contact information for three references to The application deadline isJanuary 31, 2014. For more information, please contact Dr. Mengqiang Zhu, Assistant Professor in Soils and Environmental Biogeochemistry at and307-766-5523. ( and

Thursday, October 3, 2013

DFID, ACU and AAS Launch £4.85 million Climate Impacts Research Capacity Building Programme in Africa

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) are pleased to invite you and/or your institution to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a new fellowship scheme and institutional capacity strengthening programme that will enhance research into the impacts of climate change.

The GBP 4.8m programme titled, Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), is funded by the UK government and will strengthen both institutional and individual research capacity.  It will fund maximum one-year fellowships for 60 post-Doctoral and 40 post-MSc researchers and concurrently run a programme for strengthening institutional research management and support for early career academics. The fellowships will cover the full cost of a one-year placement at another (host) African institution and will commence in 2014. Full implementation of the programme will be contingent on sufficient interest and commitment being expressed by African institutions to host and nominate fellows and a large enough pool of eligible fellows.

For further information about this programme, please visit CIRCLE Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) or the CIRCLE webpage and read the criteria before submitting your EOI. To submit your EOI as a potential Host and/or Nominating/Home institution or as a Fellow, click on the relevant link below:

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 31 October 2013.

For further assistance please contact Dr Benji Gyampoh, or Ms Jay Kubler,

You are kindly requested  to assist by forwarding this call to all suitable institutions and/or individuals in your network.   

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

YES Network to participate in the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum (29-31 October 2013 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris)

Establishing a Youth Forum emerged as an important process in the creation of synergies between UNESCO’s work on youth, youth organizations and public institutions working on youth, thereby striving to create interaction between young women and men across the world, policy makers, the civil society, the private sector and the international community.

This year, around 500 young participants from all over the world will gather on the occasion of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, from 29 to 31 October 2013 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, identify common preoccupations and problems.

Three YES leaders have been nominated as Innovators by UNESCO and one of them will participate onsite to highlight their role in putting geoscience in the service of society and connecting young  earth-scientists worldwide.

Besides, all YES members are invited to participate online in the UNESCO Youth Forum discussion about “Youth and social inclusion: civic engagement, dialogue and skills development”. For information on how to register, please check out the following link

By taking part in the online discussion community, young men and women will be able to shape the way in which UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth is to be implemented from 2014 to 2021.

In line with the three main axes of this Strategy, the topics for discussion are:
1.    Policy formulation and review with the participation of youth
2.    Capacity development for the transition to adulthood
3.    Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation

To read more about the online discussion forum, please visit the following page:

The September/October Newsletter is now Online!

The September/October newsletter is available for download on the YES Network website.


1. YES Community News: 3rd YES Congress 2014 - Venue announced! (page 4).
2. National Chapters: News from YES Cameroon (page 5).
3. YES Personality of the Month: Leila Gonzales (page 6-7). (NEW!)
4. YES Member Showcase: Stefania Fornelli Genot (page .
5. Leadership Opportunities: Send us your application now! (page 9 ).
6. Geoscience Community News (page 10-12).

Check it out now!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Applications for the Student/Early Career Scientist MLSOC program now being accepted – Deadline: October 13, 2013 (Financial support for travel is available)

Applications for the Student/Early Career Scientist MLSOC program now being accepted
   - Deadline: October 13, 2013   (Financial support for travel is available)

Please see attached announcement for application instructions.

Participate in a workshop tailored to engage students/early career scientists in marine seismic research.  The workshop is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 2013 in San Francisco, CA (before the AGU Fall meeting).  Applications for travel and lodging support are being accepted through October 13th, 2013.
The Marcus Langseth Science Oversight Committee (MLSOC), a standing committee of UNOLS, has the charge to engage the community and oversee scientific operation of the R/V Marcus G. Langseth as a National Oceanographic Seismic Facility. The focus of the MLSOC is to ensure high quality geophysical images, provide oversight on state of the art seismic acquisition capabilities, lower the threshold of expertise needed to use the facility, and increase quality and accessibility of archived data. Additionally, the MLSOC is charged with maintaining and enhancing the Langseth's capabilities for general geophysical and oceanographic research.

The MLSOC fall meeting is an open forum for marine scientists to learn about scientific discoveries and technical advances, as well as to express their opinions about the National Oceanographic Seismic Facility activities.  The MLSOC meeting is held annually on the Sunday before the start of the AGU fall meeting.

The MLSOC is committed to increasing the involvement of students and postdoctoral/early career scientists.  To that end, this program was designed to: 1) expose students and early career scientists to the MLSOC, 2) engage these participants in the MLSOC advisory activities, 3) offer participants training and mentoring in the process of developing research programs that use the Langseth, and 4) enable participants to network with scientists actively involved in Langseth-supported research.  These goals will be achieved through a workshop (prior to the MLSOC meeting) with breakout sessions on ships and technical support, data, cruise planning and funding models and by directly involving participants in the MLSOC fall meeting.
The early career workshop will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm followed by an evening workshop dinner (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm) featuring a guest speaker(s).  The MLSOC fall meeting will occur on Sunday, December 8th from 10 am to 5 pm (the day before the start of the 2013 AGU Fall meeting) in San Francisco, CA.

Students and early career scientists can apply for financial support to offset the cost of travel and lodging for the MLSOC workshop and meeting. Participants must attend the entire workshop, evening dinner, and MLSOC meeting.

For more information about UNOLS and the MLSOC, please visit our website at:
   o         UNOLS homepage:
   o     MLSOC webpage:

Please see attached announcement for application instructions.

Special Issue “Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences” - Call for Abstracts (DEADLINE EXTENDED!)

Dear Geoscientists:
It is with great pleasure that I announce a special issue on “Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences” to be published by a high-impact international journal. A summary follows below:
This special issue is a tribute to the participation of women in the geosciences, including physical geography as well as within geology and the Earth sciences. It commemorates the newly formed Commission on Gender and Geoethics (CoGG), as part of the International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH). The guest editor is the representative of the UK national chapter and coordinator of CoGG. The special issue presents scenarios where women professionals, such as academics, are considered as part of the geosciences as either as participants or subjects. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is a suitable outlet for this content because of its international outreach and environmental scope. It is anticipated that the content will have ramifications for current international policy concerning the ethical treatment of women in the geosciences. Contributions approach the role of women in the geosciences from a feminist perspective that is humanistic and inclusive. As part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for 2015, the third goal (to ‘promote gender equality and empower women’) is an important one to achieve in the developing as well as developed world, and this is true for the academic disciplines, particularly those that are traditionally male-dominated such as the geosciences. Developed countries should set an example for the world of the equal treatment of women, and this includes in the academic sphere.

Those interested in submitting a paper to this special issue do not need to be members of the newly formed CoGG and this is not an invitation to women only. Please note that abstracts (up to 400 words) are due by 31st October 2013 nd can be submitted to me at this email address: Please include 3-6 keywords with your abstract and your affiliation and contact details in addition to article title and summary. Decisions on acceptance will be made by the end of October this year. This is an Open Access publication, with five papers published free-of-charge and discounts given to high-quality submissions.
Please feel free to distribute this message more broadly. Should you have any questions, please do contact me.

Best wishes,
Mary Thornbush

More information at:

International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 596 (2011-2015) Climate change and biodiversity patterns in the Mid-Paleozoic

The face of Planet Earth has changed significantly through geologic time. The configuration of continents and oceans and the organisms that inhabited them are very different from those we see today. IGCP 596 is specifically interested in the interaction between climate change and biodiversity in the Devonian and Carboniferous Periods (416 - 299 million years ago) when the terrestrial ecosystems experienced a biodiversity boom and oceanic ecosystems suffered catastrophic extinctions.

We recommend to visit the relevant website ( frequently. Various workshops and conferences are planned for the next years and we would be pleased to see a good number of young scientists attending the IGCP 596 meetings. For further information see webpages and /or contact Peter Königshof (

Friday, September 20, 2013

Call for authors in YES Earth Science Book

Dear YES Members and Colleagues,
It is our great honor to invite submissions to the first YES Book Academic edition for special issue on Earth Science.
This special edition of the book is meant for the Senior secondary school and graduate college students. It focuses on the fundamentals of Earth Science, scope of the Earth science studies. A major section of educated society will also be the target readers of this special edition.
YES book will be published and housed by the  University of Tucuman, Argentina, under the INSUGEO Management. INSUGEO, Institute of Geological Correlation, is an academinc unit of University of Tucuman and the CONICET, the research council of Argentina. The series of the book will be indexed in EBSCO, Ulrich International Periodical Directory, Thomson Reuters ISI Master Journal List, Zoological Record, Gale Cencage Learning y Georef, Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ and Latindex.
Submission requirements:
We encourage all YES members to submit the proposals. Interested authors need to send the chapter proposal (not more than 500 words) via email to networkyes.secretary[at] with subject: YES Book Proposal.  A CV/Resume of the interested author is required to assess the experience in the same field.

A tentative list of topics include:
1.     About Earth Science
2.     What is Earth as a system? Tectonic paradigm; composition of inner Earth; rock types; Atmosphere; Ocean studies; Water cycle; Environment
3.     Earth’s origin and composition
4.     Different theories for the existence-including scientific, non-scientific, and religious belief.
5.     Different methods to study Earth or different fields of Earth Science (ES)
6.     What Earth Scientists do?
7.     History of Earth. How old is Earth? How Geologists, Palaeontologists, Geophysicists and geochemists determine the age of Earth. Periods – Systems. Stratigraphical chart.
8.     Palaeontological record and Life History.
9.     Earth and economy. Geographic approach. Mining. Hydrocarbons. Renewable and non-renewable resources, Sustainable development.
10.  Natural and geological hazards, Environments and Geological risks;  Risk Management and Prevention.
11.  Earth sciences at XXI century,  New approaches;  Importance and Frontier areas of research. 
12.  Earth: Quo vadis. Solar system exploration. New worlds?
13.  Case histories in different fields.
14.  Use of Information Communication Technology [ICT] in Earth Science

We are open to suggestions towards the addition or modification of tentative chapters. Kindly send your concerns to networkyes.secretary[at] Further guidelines will be communicated after receiving the proposals.

All the best,

Dr. Carlos A. Cónsole Gonella, PhD
INSUGEO (Instituto Superior de Correlación Geológica)
CONICET - Universidad Nacional de Tucumán                                            
Miguel Lillo 205 (4000)
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina.
Tel.  + 54381 4236395 (120)   
Dr. Tanvi ARORA, PhD
CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road,
Hyderabad-500 007, India
T: +91 40 2701 2624 / 2701 2000 (Ext. 2624)

Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 18!

Celebrate the second annual Geologic Map Day! On October 18, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2013 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society. Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13-19.

Be sure to check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in this year's Earth Science Week Toolkit at
Showing how geologic maps can be used to understand natural hazards, the poster also provides step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity and links to state geologic maps and maps of national parks. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day web page

"As the saying goes, 'Civilization exists by geological consent – subject to change without notice.' Outside of Alaska, California is the most seismically active state in the country, with more than 70 percent of the Nation's earthquake damage occurring in this state every year. Mapping earthquake faults and their surrounding geology is a key element in making California safer for its communities," says Dr. John Parrish, President of AASG and State Geologist
of California.

Geologic Map Day partners include the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, and Esri.

To find your state's geologic survey and additional geologic mapping information go to and click on the state of interest.

Source & Image:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PhD position in numerical modelling of seismic cycles in subduction zones

Main host institution: INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE CIENCIAS DE LA TIERRA, Granada, Spain 
Main secondement Institution: ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. 

The Instituto  Andaluz  de Ciencias  de la  Tierra (IACT) at Granada (CSIC and University  of  Granada) seeks to appoint a PhD student in Non-­lithostatic fluid (thermo)dynamics of subduction interface dehydration reactions. The successful applicant will join the IACT’s Petrology  and  Geochemistry  Research  Group  and  work  in  a  multi-­‐disciplinary  environment under the supervision of Dr. Carlos J. Garrido and Dr. Vicente López Sánchez-­Vizcaíno

Research: Investigation of the pressure, stress, and temperature evolution in natural systems undergoing metamorphic devolatilization reactions is essential for the reconstruction and understanding of the dynamic of fluid expulsion and volatile cycling in subduction zones and the influence of fluids release on seismic activity in these settings. The main objective of the PhD will be the investigation of the role of fluid dynamics in the thermodynamics and kinetics of metamorphic dehydration reactions by combining thermo-­‐mechanical modelling with petrological   and   geochemical studies  of  natural   analogs   with    special   emphasis  on serpentinite dehydration reactions.

Tasks: 1) Quantify the role of non-­‐lithostatic fluid pressure in controlling dehydration reactions at depth and implement modifications in current thermodynamic numerical codes for simple dehydration reactions, with a focus on serpentinite dehydration; 2) Petrological and geochemical study of natural analogs. Implement them in simple 1D thermo-­‐mechanical models to investigate their effects on metamorphic equilibrium and kinetics.  

Research   Methodology:   Structural   and   petrological   mapping,   metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, thermodynamic and thermo-­‐mechanical modelling. 

Candidate Profile: Candidates must hold an MSc in Earth Sciences, Geophysics or a related discipline. Experience in thermodynamics, geodynamics, metamorphic petrology, numerical modelling  and  programming  languages  is  highly advantageous.  See  below  for  further eligibility criteria requirement for participation in EU-­‐ITN projects. 

The successful candidate will be hired by the CSIC to work at the IACT, and will be enrolled in the Earth Science PhD Program of the University of Granada. The candidate will benefit from first-­‐class research facilities and the unique cultural and international environment of the University of Granada. The candidate will also spend at least 6 months at the ETH Zürich— the second mentor institution—working under de supervision of Prof. Jamie Connolly (thermodynamic modelling) and Prof. Taras Gerya (thermo-­‐mechanical modelling). The candidate will also collaborate with Dr. Benoit Dubacq (UPMC, Univ. Paris VI), as well as with others ZIP’s PhD students working on related research topics. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Carlos J. Garrido (, Prof. James             Connolly        (         or         Prof.         Taras         Gerya (

Expected starting date:  January-­‐June 2014.
 Deadline for application: October 15, 2013. 


The Zooming In between Plates Initial Training Network (ZIP-­ITN)

The  ZIP  ITN  is  a  collaborative  research  effort  between  10  European  universities,  12 industry partners and entails a total of 12 PhD positions and 2 postdoctoral fellows.

Successful  applicants in  the  ZIP  project  are  expected  to  participate  in  specific  project related meetings and benefits of specialized short courses offered as part of the ITN (ZIP  trainings).  To apply Candidates need to submit their CV, a letter of application, two letters of reference, and academic credentials (mark sheets and degree statements) through an online application facility hosted at the ZIP  website. The appointment is for a fixed term period of 36 months. Salary and monthly mobility allowances follow attractive/competitive E.U.  standard. There  are  no  restrictions  on  the  nationality  of  the  candidates,  however  some eligibility  restrictions apply concerning mobility and post graduate experience.