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Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section Newsletter

July 2016


Dear Colleagues,

Here is the summer issue of the AGU Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology (VGP) section newsletter. Please visit the VGP website for further news and information. Feedback and items for future newsletters may be sent to Joanna Denton (


In this issue:

  • Message from the President

VGP awards; donating to VGP; new VGP newsletter editor and student representative; proposing sessions to the 2017 EGU meeting

  • AGU Elections
  • New VGP Student Representative
  • 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
  • Exploration Station at Fall Meeting



This newsletter comes slightly later this quarter so that we can announce the recipients of VGP awards that will be presented at this year’s Fall Meeting. The Daly Lecture will be given by Richard Walker from the University of Maryland; the Kuno Award will be presented to Esteban Gazel from Virginia Tech; and two Bowen Awards will be given this year, one each to Dante Canil from the University of Victoria and Tim Elliot from the University of Bristol. Congratulations to all award recipients! I thank Michael Dungan (Kuno chair) and Marc Hirschmann (Bowen chair) and their committees for their excellent work this year.

The abstract submission site for the Fall Meeting is now open. I remind you that you need to be an AGU member to submit your abstract. All information is available on the AGU website. This is the opportunity to make a donation to the VGP section while joining or renewing your membership. What do we do with the money? We help students to travel to the meeting by providing travel grants, we help students who receive an Outstanding Student Paper Award to come to the meeting, and we organize a reception during Fall Meeting at which all awards are presented. Any donation is welcome and will help us to provide the best service to the community. It can be anything between $10 and whatever you feel happy to give! It also does not have to come on top of a donation to the general AGU funds—it can replace it. Just tick the VGP section! Thanks to all for your support.

As announced in the previous newsletter, Sarah Fagents has stepped down as the VGP newsletter editor and will be replaced by Joanna Denton (Los Alamos National Laboratory). Similarly, Esther Posner, the student representative, will graduate soon and will be replaced by Kara Krugman (Arizona State University). Joanna and Kara are now both members of the VGP Executive Committee. Welcome, Joanna and Kara!

VGP has strong cooperation with GMPV, its sister division in EGU. During the EGU meeting this past spring, VGP cosponsored sessions and Christian Huber delivered the Kuno Lecture. Planning is already under way for next year’s meeting in Vienna, so if you have ideas for sessions, please contact the GMPV representative to VGP, Bruno Dhuime (see

Catherine Chauvel

VGP President


(2)                 AGU ELECTIONS

Voting is a member benefit that influences the direction of AGU. On the election slate are candidates for the AGU Board of Directors, student and early career members of the AGU Council, and section and focus group presidents-elect and secretaries. Please ensure that your AGU membership and section/focus group affiliations are up to date by 1 August so that you will be eligible to vote. Elections open on 29 August and close on 27 September, so mark your calendar. Candidate information and more details about the election can be found on the AGU elections web page.

The VGP slate of candidates is as follows:
President-elect: Janne Blichert-Toft and Michael Manga
Secretary, Geochemistry: Matthew Jackson and Anat Shahar
Secretary, Volcanology and Petrology: Josef Dufek and Marie Edmonds

I thank the members of the VGP Nominations Committee for their dedicated and inspired work: Bernie Wood, Diana Roman, Jenny Riker, and Weidong Sun.

Catherine McCammon
Chair, VGP Nominations Committee



Hello, VGP students. My name is Kara Brugman, and I’m honored to be your new student representative. I’m a Ph.D. candidate in experimental petrology at Arizona State University, where I study diffusion chronometry and explore possible exoplanet mantle and magma evolution pathways. Please do not hesitate to email me at if you have questions or concerns related to AGU. Be on the lookout for emails about new VGP student events at the Fall Meeting, including a student networking event held in partnership with the Planetary Sciences section. I hope to see you in December.

Kara Brugman

VGP Student Representative


(4)                 2016 AGU FALL MEETING

The deadline for Fall Meeting abstract submissions is fast approaching (27 July). This year promises to be another great meeting. VGP accepted 38 special sessions for Fall Meeting covering a wide range of topics, including volcanic hazards, magma dynamics, volatile cycling, role of magmatism in climate evolution, advances in isotope geochemistry, and much more. A number of sessions in Tectonophysics, Mineral and Rock Physics, Geodesy, Natural Hazards, and Ocean Sciences have also been colisted with VGP. All sessions sponsored or cosponsored by VGP are listed here. There also will be special lectures by the 2016 Bowen and Daly medal winners and several general sessions for submissions that may not fit into proposed special sessions. The VGP secretaries encourage you to submit your abstracts soon.


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


Cin-Ty Lee and Amanda Clarke

VGP Secretaries


Exploration Station

Exploration Station

If you love teaching children about volcanoes, please consider volunteering to help with the Exploration Station, scheduled to take place on Sunday, 11 December, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is an event that brings together over 500 children and parents from the San Francisco area to explore hands-on science experiments. VGP Education and Outreach will have a booth, as we have for the past few years. We give children a chance to explore some of the questions behind how volcanoes erupt and why they explode (or don’t), all through a series of (sometimes messy but always fun) experiments (and it’s not just baking soda and vinegar!). You can get involved either by showing up on the day of the event and joining in, or by contacting us much earlier and helping improve our presentation. If you are interested, please contact me ( with questions, ideas, witty comments, you name it. Thanks!

Karen Harpp

Chair, VGP Education and Outreach Committee