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Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section Newsletter

September 2016


Dear Colleagues,

Here is the September issue of the AGU Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology (VGP) section newsletter. Please visit the VGP website for additional news and information. Comments and suggestions may be sent to Joanna Denton.


In this issue:

(1)   Message from the President

(2)   2016 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 14–18 December

(3)   Outstanding Student Presentation Awards at the Fall Meeting

(4)   Fall Meeting Student Networking Event



Welcome to everybody and I hope that you had a nice and fruitful summer. Below, you will find the important information concerning what happened since our last message, as well as information for the next Fall Meeting in San Francisco.


– VGP recipients of AGU honors and awards

The recipients of Union Awards for 2016 were announced during the summer and three are affiliated with VGP:

Stan Hart (Woods Hole, USA): William Bowie Medal

Alex Halliday (University of Oxford, UK): Harry H. Hess Medal

Sam Bowring (MIT, USA): Walter H. Bucher Medal


Congratulations to all!


I would also like to congratulate the seven AGU Fellows elected for 2016 who are affiliated with VGP:

Jon Davidson, Durham University, UK

Trevor Ireland, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Robert Kay, Cornell University, USA

Thomas Sisson, USGS, USA

Eichi Takahashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Jeffrey Vervoort, Washington State University, USA

Robert White, Cambridge University, UK


Thanks are due to Dominique Weis (VGP Fellows Chair) and her committee for their dedicated work.


We will recognise all VGP-affiliated Union Awardees and Fellows at the VGP reception to be held at the AGU Fall Meeting, as well as the Bowen and Kuno awardees and Daly Lecturer, the MSA Dana Medallist, and most especially the VGP recipients of student travel grants and last year’s Outstanding Student Presentation Award recipients. Details will be available on the Fall Meeting web site. I hope to see you there!


We encourage you to vote for the leaders of Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology section and for other AGU leaders. The AGU election polls opened on 29 August 2016 and will remain open through 27 September. While there are a total of 110 candidates across all 25 ballots, we encourage all eligible voters to click on the unique link provided by the election vendor and check out their ballots. Leaders will be elected for two years starting on 1 January 2017. All AGU members should receive by mail a link taking them directly to the Election site.


All voters receive ballots for the Board of Directors and the student and early career candidates on the AGU Council. Voters should also receive ballots for all sections and focus groups to which they belong. If you have any questions about the ballots you received, please contact the AGU Member Services Center by emailing or by calling +1-202-462-6900 (international calls) or +1-800-966-2481 (toll free for North America). AGU Member Services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.


To vote:

·        Candidate info is posted on, and the same info is also provided on the voting site provided by the vendor.

·        Emails were sent out to all eligible voters between 29 and 31 August from <>. Please check your junk mail if you’re not sure you received it, or ask for your credentials to be resent.

·        You can visit the voting site as many times as you like until the election closes on 27 September.

·        Each ballot is a separate election; it’s up to you to decide how many ballots you’d like to submit. We hope you will submit at least one ballot.

·        Voting is simple and fast! Each open position has two candidates, and candidates were asked to answer the same question, giving voters comparable info about both candidates.


Thanks to Catherine McCammon (chair) and all members of the Nominations Committee for their commitment and selection of the potential future leaders running in the election to lead VGP.


If you have any questions, please contact

 – Webmaster

Heather Wright from the USGS has been looking after the VGP website for almost 3 years and is now passing on the job to Janine Krippner from the University of Pittsburgh. Thanks Heather for your continuous efforts and welcome to Janine in the VGP executive committee!


Catherine Chauvel

AGU Section President, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology


2016 AGU Fall Meeting


It is September, which means it is time for VGPers to plan for the Fall AGU meeting in December in San Francisco. It promises to be another great meeting.  VGP received just under 900 abstracts for the Fall meeting; they report results on the “cutting edge” of research in our science.   The VGP sessions represent a range of topics, including early Earth, new developments in isotope analysis, mantle geochemistry, volcanic gases and fluids, and extinction-level events.  There also will be special lectures by the 2015 Bowen and Daly Medal winners, plus a VGP reception where you can talk to other VGPers and meet the executive members of your section.   If you are going to Fall AGU the time to register and make housing reservations is now.  And if you cannot make the meeting, AGU will be webcasting some of the VGP sessions so that you can watch them from your home or work.


We hope to see you there, and if you see any one of us please don’t hesitate to come up and say “hello”!

Amanda Clarke and Cin-Ty Lee VGP Secretaries




As another fall meeting approaches, the VGP student awards committee has already been busy evaluating student travel grant applications. We would like to warmly thank three members of the committee who will be cycling off in the coming months – Sarah Lambart (UC Davis), Sean Mulcahy (W. Washington U.), and Brian Dreyer (UC Santa Cruz). They have all devoted their time selflessly at AGU meetings over many years to ensure VGP student judging is of the highest caliber. I speak for the whole committee in saying that we very much appreciate their contributions.

With change, so comes new additions to the committee and we welcome Brian Jicha (U. Wisconsin), Maryjo Brounce (UC Riverside), and Asmaa Boujibar (GL – Carnegie) to the committee and look forward to their contributions.

Lastly, we hope you will consider signing up as a judge when the student presentation judging website opens later in the year. Following feedback and in collaboration with AGU, changes have been made to the portal in order to make the judging process easier. More details will be available later in the year.    

Tyrone Rooney, AGU OSPA Committee Chair, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology



This year at the Fall Meeting, VGP will hold a networking event for students, in partnership with the Planetary Sciences section. The goal of this event is to help students connect with others in their subdiscipline, learn more about related research being presented at the Fall Meeting, and encourage future collaborations. This event will be held on Monday, Dec. 12 at a nearby restaurant (lunch will be provided).  You can register for this event when Section & Focus Group events are posted. Space is limited!


Kara Brugman, AGU VGP Student Representative