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The organisers of the 2015 IPS in Lanzhou, China are asking for a second round of session proposals. Please all show an interest! For more information on sessions that have been selected so far and on how to propose one please read on. Continue Reading »

We are pleased to announce details on the 2014 British Diatom Meeting. This will be held in Hay-on-Wye (UK) during the last weekend of October (24-26th). Please click the link below for more information on how to register and details of where the meeting is being held.

British Diatom Meeting 2014

Dear All,

The details of the 6th European Phycological Congress, to be held in London between 23-28th August 2015 are available below.
First Notice

Please note the extended deadline for abstract submission for the Symposium S29 of the International Sedimentological Congress in Geneva, Switzerland (18-22 August 2014). It is now Sunday 18th May.

The committee invite all poster and oral presentations in the field of paleoclimatology and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Visit here for more information.

Obituary: Eugene F. Stoermer

Eugene F. Stoermer (1934-2012)

Eugene F. Stoermer (1934-2012)

Eugene F. Stoermer (but Gene to everyone) was born on March 7 1934, and died after a 2 year fight with cancer on February 17, 2012. He was 77 years old. He leaves behind his wife Bobbie, 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Gene’s work was well known to many of us, and especially the diatom community, where he made tremendous contributions to diatom systematics and ecology. His paleolimnological work focussed on large lake systems and especially the Great Lakes. Gene was a professor of biology at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. His Bachelor of Science degree was obtained in 1958 and his Doctor of Science in 1963, both from Iowa State University.

Gene guided 24 students in his lab in their graduate programs and served on numerous other dissertation committees. He is the author of over 200 publications and numerous reports. Most recently he co-edited the book The Diatoms: Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences. Gene was diagnosed with cancer while we were working on this second edition, but he continued with his enthusiastic contributions and insightful comments.

Gene originally coined and used the term Anthropocene from the early 1980s to refer to the impact and evidence for the impact of human activities on the planet earth. The word was not used in general culture until it was popularized in 2000 by Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen and others who regard the influence of human behavior on Earth’s atmosphere in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological era.

Gene served on the editorial board of the Journal of Paleolimnology for many years, where he was always known for his constructive and thoughtful reviews. He also served as editor of Diatom Research, and was a past-President of both the Phycological Society of America and the International Society for Diatom Research.

Gene will be remembered for his impressive contributions to science, for his work as a teacher and mentor to many younger colleagues, and perhaps most importantly, for being a decent human being.

Given the sad and sudden news of the passing of Françoise Gasse, please find a reposting of her IPA Lifetime Achievement Award given to her at the 12th IPS in Glasgow, 2012.

gasseFrançoise Gasse

Françoise Gasse has been a pioneer on many fronts. Her dissertation on Lake Abhé near the Ethiopia-Djibouti border is the first continuous dated African Plio-Pleistocene diatom record. She developed a large database of contemporary diatoms and associated environmental information from African lakes, which was probably the earliest lacustrine transfer function to quantify geochemical variation driven by climate. Françoise worked throughout Africa and western Asia to reconstruct Quaternary climate, and a substantive portion of what we know about African paleoclimate is based on or builds on her work. Her research commonly integrated diatom and isotopic data and is characterized both by its sophisticated understanding of the importance of basin hydrogeomorphology in palaeoclimatic interpretation and the rigour of her taxonomic treatment of the diatoms. Françoise supervised the graduate research of several well-known scientists and has mentored multiple other individuals over the years. The impact and quality of her career are exemplary.

Françoise’s paper can be found here.

With great emotion and sadness, we have to pass on the following sad new: Françoise GASSE, our colleague and our friend, passed away on April 22th, 2014.

Françoise Gasse, paleobiologist, specialist of Diatoms, paleoclimatologist and paleohydrologist dedicated her scientific research to the study of lacustrine sediments and lake waters. She initiated pioneer researches in order to reconstruct Quaternary climates and Environments in Sahara and Sahel, in East Africa (Ethiopia), in Madagascar, in western and south Asia (Caspian Sea, Tibet), and in the Middle East (Lebanon). The present knowledge of the arid zones paleoclimatology lies on her works on lakes and paleolakes of these regions. One of her key contribution has been to develop the use of diatom distribution to quantify how lake properties such as depth and salinity have evolved through time. Her research commonly integrated diatom and isotopic data and is characterized both by its sophisticated understanding of the importance of basin hydrogeomorphology in paleoclimatic interpretation and the rigor of her taxonomy of diatoms. The impact and quality of her career are and will remain exemplary.

She was the first woman who received the Vega Medal in Gold awarded in 2005 by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. In 2010, she was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Union of Geosciences for her contribution to the reconstruction of climate variability during the Holocene. Her last contribution to the journal Paleolimnology (January 2014) was an ultimate tribute to the deserts : “Reminiscences and acknowledgments from a lover of deserts near the end of her professional life”.

Her friendly and discrete authority, her radiant smile and her cleverness will remain in our memories.

World Lakes Conference

World Lakes Conference 2014

The 15th World Lakes Conference is to be held between September 1-5, 2014 in Perugia, Italy.
For more information please use the link below:
http://www.wlc15perugia.com/index.php/homepage

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