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Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section Newsletter

March 2017


Dear Colleagues,

Here is the March 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:

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

(1) Message from the President

(2) AGU Award Deadlines and Procedures for 2017

Executive Announcements

(3) Call for Session Proposals for 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

Notable Member Accomplishments

(4) Outstanding Student Paper Awards 2016

(5) EGU 2017 and Kuno Award Lecture

(6) AGU Chapman Conference on Submarine Volcanism

(7) In the Company of Volcanoes




First off, a big thank you to Catherine Chauvel, who just finished her 2 years as the president of VGP. She was amazingly productive, efficient, and invested in promoting science and VGP issues, specifically for AGU, for the AGU Council, and as a member of the Council Leadership Team. She dealt with lots of issues and spoke with a clear voice about what AGU’s role is in science and society, and she brought a well-reasoned international perspective to the Council. Thank you also to all of the outgoing chairs and members of the many VGP committees. You served well and for long hours. I very much appreciate these efforts.

Second, I welcome and congratulate Michael Manga, our president-elect; Marie Edmonds, the incoming Volcanology and Petrology (VP) secretary; and Anat Shahar, the incoming Geochemistry (G) secretary. Welcome aboard, and thank you for serving. There is much to do. The VGP website is now updated with the committee members. Thank you to all of you for agreeing to serve and being part of VGP leadership. I appreciate your future efforts on the various committees.

AGU recognizes and promotes the achievements of its members. In that regard, AGU has upcoming nomination deadlines for all awards. Nominate your peers and mentors and let the important people in your life know you respect and recognize their hard work. Do it today!

Please submit nominations for the Daly Lecture, which honors the life and work of Reginald Daly and is presented annually during the AGU Fall Meeting. Nomination deadline is 15 April, and nominations can be submitted electronically here: Two other upcoming deadlines include the submission of Virtual Poster Showcase abstracts (13 March) and session proposals for the 2017 Fall Meeting (19 April).

I encourage all to consider how to improve the VGP website so that it better serves the needs of its members and does a better job speaking to the public. VGP’s webmaster, Janine Krippner, is ready to help. Please send ideas and suggestions to Michael Manga or me.

Science matters: Times are a changing in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, and we need to adapt. There is an ever compelling need for scientists globally to speak to the public about the exciting fundamental and applied science that we do every day. We must inform everyone (parents, children, friends, and community) of what we do, why we do it, why it is important, and how we contribute to society. I am pleased that AGU has officially announced its endorsement of the March for Science (announcement on 24 February 2017). It is important to tell our story, to show that we all still have an inner child’s curiosity for nature and how things work; we need to reignite that curiosity in others, while also highlighting our role in and importance to society.

AGU Section President, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology




Nominate a VGP member for an AGU award or medal or a VGP award. Deadlines are as follows:

15 March: Union awards (Macelwane, Fellows, awards, medals, and prizes)

15 April: Section and focus group awards (including the Bowen and Kuno awards)

Go to for more information and to submit a nomination.  Information specific to VGP is available on the AGU website.




It is time to submit proposals for VGP sessions at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting:

Propose a session! Lead the science! This is a perfect opportunity for postdocs and new faculty members to enhance their visibility and shape the future of science.
We need submissions that cover a broad range of topics that seek to create full-day sessions. Generally, the broader the reach, the more abstracts you attract!  Past AGU VGP sessions are your guide.

Linking VGP sessions to other sections or focus groups is a good idea. Conveners can request cosponsorship by EGU, JpGU, and MSA, but the final session selection is handled by the VGP meeting committee later in the year after the initial round of sessions are announced and then again later after the abstracts are in.

This year, the session proposal deadline is Wednesday, 19 April 2017. All proposals, including town hall meetings, must be submitted via the online submission website.

Questions or ideas? Contact VGP secretaries Anat Shahar (G) or Marie Edmonds (VP) for details.




Please join us in congratulating all of the VGP winners of the 2016 Outstanding Student Paper Awards (
  • Chelsea Allison, Arizona State University
  • Clare Donaldson, University of Cambridge
  • Elisabeth Gallant, University of South Florida
  • Erin Fitch, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Joey Nelson, Stanford University
  • Josefine Agnes Maria Nanne, Durham University
  • Karalee Brugman, Arizona State University
  • Melissa Drignon, Oregon State University
  • Robert Bogue, Occidental College
Overall, 150 presentations were judged at the Fall Meeting in VGP. Each presentation received feedback from multiple judges, with 78% of presentations having three judges and 96% having two or more judges. The OSPA committee would like to thank the numerous judges and section coordinators for constructive feedback given to all of the participants. If you have a student who is planning to attend the 2017 Fall Meeting, please ask them to sign up for the OSPA program when submitting their abstract in late summer. Finally, I would like to thank the members of the 2016 VGP OSPA committee (Maryjo Brounce, Brian Jicha, Nick Dygert, Eric Brown, Sarah Jo Brownlee, Wendy Nelson, Noah McLean, and Asmaa Boujibar), who each judged ~15 presentations during the week of AGU Fall Meeting to ensure consistency in judging. This, when combined with the preparatory tasks and deciding the winning entries after the meeting, is a significant amount of volunteer work.

Tyrone Rooney
Chair, VGP Outstanding Student Paper Award Committee


(5)         EGU 2017 AND KUNO AWARD LECTUR

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly takes place on 23–28 April 2017 in Vienna, Austria, and VGP is again cosponsoring three sessions with the Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology, and Volcanology (GMPV) Division.

The VGP Kuno Award Lecture will be given by Esteban Gazel in a special slot during the session on Storage, Activation and Transport Processes in Magmatic Systems. We hope to see you there

Sessions cosponsored by VGP:

  •  Multi-scale Analysis of Geological Materials: Minerals, Fluids, Cracks, Pores, and Permeability (sponsored by AGU-VGP) (co-organized)
     Convener: Jackie E. Kendrick; Coconveners: Lin Ma, Anne-Laure Fauchille, Kevin Taylor, Michael Heap, Kelly Russell, Caroline Martel, Peter Lee
  •  Storage, Activation, and Transport Processes in Magmatic Systems (sponsored by AGU-VGP (with the VGP Kuno Lecture)) (co-organized)
    Convener: Hélène Balcone-Boissard; Coconveners: Chiara P. Montagna, J. D. Clemens, Mike Cassidy, Danilo Di Genova, Marian Holness, Jannick Ingrin

    •  Magma Ascent, Degassing, and Eruptive Dynamics: Linking Experiments, Models, and Observations (sponsored by European Association of Geochemistry, AGU-VGP, and VERTIGO) (co-organized)
       Convener: Mattia de’ Michieli Vitturi; Coconveners: Mike Burton, Andrea Di Muro, Pierre-Yves Tournigand, Stefano Alois





    This conference was held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, during 29 January to 3 February 2017. One hundred six delegates from 13 countries attended the meeting, and 25% of these were students or postdocs. The previous Chapman Conference that was relevant to submarine volcanism was focused on the products of explosive eruptions and was held in January 2002.


    The purpose of this meeting was to bring together scientists who study terrestrial ancient marine volcanic deposits and modern-day submarine volcanic systems and who use numerical and experimental approaches to enable cross-fertilization of recent results and ideas. The major goal was to outline important future directions for the next decade of submarine volcano research and exploration with the full range of existing and nascent technology to make them possible, and to generate a set of recommendations that will steer the next decade of research.


    The overarching objective of our community is to fuel, motivate, and enhance future exploration and discovery to significantly further our understanding of submarine volcanism. Quantum leaps in our understanding of submarine volcanic processes have followed the detection and response to significant modern volcanic events. Thus, to achieve this objective, a priority enabler is the international coordination of monitoring and response to future submarine eruptions in order to facilitate exploration and discovery.


    One clear consensus from the meeting was that to take full advantage of our discoveries and to help ensure future support for our research, we all have an important role to play, locally and globally, to communicate our findings and the excitement of volcano science to both scientific and public audiences.


    From Rebecca Carey (University of Tasmania) and Bill Chadwick (Oregon State University/NOAA)




    It’s all for you, girl! A message to girls everywhere from the women in volcanology

    In response to reading about how girls age 6 and up tend to think they are not as smart as boys, I put together a blog post as a message of inspiration for them. It is full of women in volcanology saying what we do and why our jobs are so fantastic, and also messages of inspiration for girls (and boys). I have gotten a lot of feedback from women and men saying it has inspired them too. I am still including more women, and this positive message of empowerment, and encouragement to consider a career in the geosciences, continues to spread around the world. Please contact me if you are a woman in volcanology and have an empowering message to add, or if you want more information.
    Janine Krippner, VGP Webmaster