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BG Biogeosciences Division on Biogeosciences

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Division on Biogeosciences
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Division on Biogeosciences

President: Lisa Wingate (bg@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Cornelia Rumpel (cornelia.rumpel@inra.fr)

The Division on Biogeosciences integrates biological, chemical, and physical sciences dealing with processes and interactions within terrestrial and extraterrestrial realms through the current and earlier geological history of Earth and Solar system in general. Its focus is beyond the established scientific approaches embracing multi- and interdisciplinary understandings of the Biosphere functioning in space and time. In this division, we encourage the participation of scientists across different disciplines, including researches from the field of applied Biogeosciences as well as industrial professionals. Experimental, conceptual, and modelling approaches are welcome.

Recent awardees

Adina Paytan

Adina Paytan

  • 2022
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal

The 2022 Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal is awarded to Adina Paytan for outstanding contributions to ocean biogeochemistry in the Earth’s present and past, and in particular, for leading the scientific community in linking the sulfur, phosphate and oxygen cycles.


Ana Bastos

Ana Bastos

  • 2022
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2022 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Ana Bastos for exceptional scientific contributions to the terrestrial biogeosciences, improving understanding of climate variability and land use change on the carbon uptake of terrestrial ecosystems.


Susan E. Trumbore

Susan E. Trumbore

  • 2021
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal

The 2021 Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal is awarded to Susan E. Trumbore for her outstanding contributions to biogeosciences in general, and in particular for leading the scientific community in quantifying terrestrial carbon turnover using radiocarbon.


Elizabeth Flint

Elizabeth Flint

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Elizabeth Flint Impacts of public water supply on global nitrogen cycling


Nick Van Horebeek

Nick Van Horebeek

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Nick Van Horebeek A stable oxygen isotope record of weather-timescale variability in the Eocene greenhouse world, using the giant marine gastropod Campanile giganteum


Tobias Scholz

Tobias Scholz

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Tobias Scholz Drought years of 2018 and 2019 affect CO2 balance of urban forest ecosystems in the Ruhr Metropolitan Region (Germany) differently


Lucy Rowland

Lucy Rowland

  • 2021
  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists

The 2021 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists is awarded to Lucy Rowland for her exceptional scientific contributions to the biogeosciences, improving our understanding of water and carbon cycling in tropical rainforests and their interplay with climate and land-use policy.

Latest posts from the BG blog

What more can we do as climate scientists to address climate change?

Fig 1 — Artist impression of Earth (source: Unsplash, Elena Mozhvilo) The much anticipated COP26 — even more so because of its postponement — is now already a few months behind us. There has been a lot of attention in the media, including on the BG blog. We have seen mixed reactions following the final statement at COP26: ranging from disappointment about lack of ambition to realism and optimism from other perspectives. Regardless of how you feel about the agreed …


Meet Adina Paytan- Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky medal winner 2022

We spoke to Dr. Adina Paytan, Research Scientist at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz and Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky medal winner for 2022. The Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky medal is awarded annually by the Biogeosciences division to those who make an exceptional contribution to biogeosciences. Can you tell us a bit about your background and how your career progressed to leading your own group as you do today? I was always driven by curiosity; one of these …


Meet Ana Bastos, the Outstanding Early Career Scientist awardee of the Biogeosciences Division!

This year, Ana Bastos has received the Outstanding Early-career scientist award of the Biogeosciences Division. The BG team wants to truly congratulate them on this achievement! In this interview, we would like to know a bit more about their research and career, seeking inspiration for the young generation of biogeoscientists. Could you explain a bit about yourself and what made you choose a career in biogeosciences? It happened a bit by chance. I always had two passions: physics and arts. …


Biogeosciences in the blue zone- COP26.

Our Editor, Ben Fisher, writes about his experience as an observer at COP26 and the representation of biogeosciences in the negotiation area. I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity attend the second week of COP26 as a delegate of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Having been a rather last minute addition to the attendance list (I found out I’d got credentials about 2 hours before arriving!), and as someone who hadn’t been to a COP before I …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

In the April issue of The Loupe, Earth day is in the spotlight amidst the looming climate change crisis. Find out how EGU and fourteen other geoscience organisations around the world have committed to create a just and sustainable future for the planet. As EGU’s Early Career Scientist (ECS) Representative, Anita Di Chiara explains how ECS can get more involved in EGU and the scientific community.

A few weeks to go for EGU22, which takes place from 23-27 May 2022! Registration for on-site participation has now closed, however you can still register to join us virtually till 27 May 2022.

This issue also highlights some of the key science for policy sessions at EGU22, and includes the latest Journal Watch and GeoRoundup of April EGU journal highlights.

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