The 2008 Union Service Award is awarded to Denis-Didier Rousseau in recognition of his exceptional service to the Union with regard to the acceptance of the EGU publishing philosophy at international funding agencies, his efforts as (co-)chief editor of the journal Climate of the Past and his work as officer in the Division Climate: Past, Present & Future.
Denis-Didier Rousseau is Senior Research Scientist with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS. He lead during 15 years the Paleoenvironments unit at the Institute for the Evolution Sciences, at University Montpellier 2, France, before moving in September 2007 to the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, LMD, at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. After graduating in geology from the University of Dijon in 1980, he received a Ph.D. in paleontology from the University of Dijon in 1985. From 1985 to 1999 he was Research Scientist at CNRS, and from 1990 to 1992 visiting scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, NY, where he is currently Adjunct Research Scientist. Since 1999 he is Senior Research Scientist at CNRS. His current research interests include: continental paleoclimatology and paleoecology, paleodust transport, proxy developments, modern pollen transport. Denis-Didier Rousseau presently serves at INSU, National Institute for Earth Sciences and Universe at CNRS in charge of paleoclimatology. Denis-Didier Rousseau served as Secretary of the Climate: Past, Present, Future Division (EGS) and as Vice-President Climate : Past, Present, Future Division of the European Geosciences Union, and was vice-president of INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research) from 2003 to 2007. He received the CNRS Bronze medal in 1990, the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize in 2004, and the CNRS Silver Medal in 2007. An initiator of the EGU journal Climate of the Past, he is currently one of the co-editor in chief of this journal.