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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 researchers 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

The sedaDNA scientific society, a collaborative network of international researchers working with sedimentary ancient DNA

Emergence of the field of molecular paleoecology Sequencing DNA of organisms that died a long time ago sounds like the synopsis of the movie Jurassic Park (1993). Let’s make it clear right now, dinosaur DNA has never been collected by humans. To date, the oldest DNA recovered is more than one million years old and comes from mammoths. In addition to the DNA recovered from fossils, aquatic and terrestrial environments have rich deposits of DNA. These sedimentary DNA archives are …


The hidden importance of Amazon forests

Figure 1. Minirhizotron image acquisition in the field near Manaus, Brazil (photo credit Caroline Miron From different parts of continental Brazil, now working in different areas of Germany, we, three women scientists, share one more thing in common: our interest in making the hidden importance of the Amazon forest visible. In other words, we are root-nerds! Studying something that cannot immediately be seen is a challenge per se. When we add the remoteness of some study sites, the mosquitos, thunderstorms, …


Meet your BG team 2022/23

The Biogeosciences division is pleased to have substantially grown over the last year! In this blog post we’ll introduce you to our new representatives and detail how you can get involved in BG activities over the next year. President: Lisa Wingate (INRAE) Lisa (she/her) has been president of the BG division since 2020 and has been elected to serve until 2025. She works as a researcher for INRAE in Bordeaux France. She has a passion for the natural world and …


EGU22 in the Spotlight: Extraterrestrial and Extreme Environment Biogeosciences

At the Biogeosciences division we are highlighting BG led sessions in the run up to the 2022 General Assembly. New for 2022 we are pleased to introduce BG7.1 “Sources and sinks of methane in the aquatic realm” convened by Helge Niemann, Alina Stadnitskaia and Tina Treude. This session will be held online and in Room 2.95 on Wednesday 25th May (15:55–18:28 (CEST)). This session features 20 presentations, 75% of which are led by early career scientists, covering: Methane in marine/lacustrine …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

In the October newsletter, researchers explain why disaster risk reduction strategies aren’t as inclusive as we think. We hear from Blaise Nyandwi, lecturer at the University of Goma, how socio-economic vulnerability affects public perception of hazard risk, and three geoscientists explore the many ways that race and natural hazards are linked. EGU Projects Coordination Officer Simon Clark dissects why we keep dismissing droughts and why perceptions of drought vary so widely around the world.

As a reminder, this is the last call to apply for the EGU Outreach Committee sponsored workshops and to register to join the EU biodiversity event – a hybrid event at the European Parliament – that aims to bridge the science-policy divide.

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