Paleonet: T129 Session at GSA In Honor of Robert M. Hazen, 2016 Roebling Medalist

Mike Meyer mike.meyer.geo at
Wed Apr 6 13:48:31 UTC 2016

Hi All,

I wanted to bring this session to everyone's attention as it will be
heavily geobiological and Earth systems focused; see below for more

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the following session T129
"Mineralogical Evidence for the Co-Evolution of the Geosphere and
Biosphere: In Honor of Robert M. Hazen, 2016 Roebling Medalist" at the
annual Geological Society of America meeting on September 25-28, 2016, in

Earth’s rich mineralogical record through deep time is key to understanding
our planet’s early accretion and differentiation, the formation of oceans
and atmosphere, the development of continental crust, the initiation of
plate tectonics, the emergence of life, the oxygenation of the near surface
environment, the evolution of biomineralization, and the rise of the
terrestrial biosphere. The diversity, distribution, and characteristics of
minerals also facilitate comparisons among different planets and moons, as
well as providing a deeper understanding of what is meant by an
“Earth-like” planet. Large and expanding mineralogical and geochemical data
resources, coupled with emerging statistical and visualization techniques,
enhance our ability to explore mineralogy through deep time. This session
will thus feature experimental, theoretical, and field studies from a wide
range of mineralogical and geochemical perspectives to understand Earth’s
mineral evolution.

The abstract submission form for the Geological Society of America annual
meeting can be found at The abstract
deadline is 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, 12 July 2016.

Invited speakers

---Paul G. Falkowski (Rutgers University)

---Linda C. Kah (University of Tennessee)

---Sergey V. Krivovichev (St. Petersburg State University)


---Edward S. Grew (University of Maine)
esgrew at

---John M. Hughes (University of Vermont)

jmhughes at

---Nancy L. Ross (Virginia Tech)

nross at

---Daniel Hummer (Carnegie Institution of Washington)

dhummer at

Mike Meyer, PhD

Geophysical Laboratory
Carnegie Institution for Science
5251 Broad Branch Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20015-1305, USA
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