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14th Symposium Obituaries

At the 14th International Symposium in Stockholm the IPA honoured the lives of the following, for their lifetime contributions to palaeolimnology:

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Dan Livingstone
Dan Livingstone passed away on Sunday March 6th, 2016. Dan left an enormous legacy of scientific endeavor as a pioneer of paleolimnological research. He was the inventor of the Livingstone piston sample, still the standard lightweight coring rig used by many of us, and gave us important limnological histories from Alaska to Africa. More importantly he was a wonderful human being, friend, and mentor.
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Jonathan “Joe” Richardson
A Fulbright scholar, he earned a Masters from the University of New Zealand in 1960, and completed his PhD at Duke University in 1964. For his dissertation he collected and studied lake sediment cores and water samples in East Africa with his professor, Dan Livingstone, then joined colleagues in reconstructing East African climates for the past 30,000 years. This research allowed some of the first historical comparisons of tropical climate with post-glacial climates of Eurasia and North America. Joe began teaching at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, in 1966 and retired in 1999 as Dr. E. Paul and Frances E. Reiff Professor of Biology Emeritus. He designed a summer travel course on the biology of the Susquehanna River and its watershed, taking his students from its headwaters in Cooperstown down its course to the Chesapeake Bay. He was a beloved teacher and mentor who inspired many to undertake careers in environmental work.
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Paul Colinaux
Paul A. Colinvaux passed away on Sunday, February 28th, 2016. Paul was a student of Dan Livingstone at Duke University, where he met his wife Llewellya Hillis. He completed post-doctoral research under the guidance of G.E. Hutchinson and E.S. Deevey at Yale University, and he was honored to be part of the Hutchinsonian lineage. Paul’s research took him to remote lake sites in the Arctic and the neotropics, where he and his colleagues and students reconstructed among the first paleoclimate records for these areas. Paul was an ecologist, palynologist, explorer, inventor, a great orator, and a gifted writer. His career included academic appointments at The Ohio State University, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Marine Biological Laboratory. Avocationally, Paul was an avid rower and woodworker. Paul was a wise mentor, a valued colleague, and a friend who will be very much missed.
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Herb Wright
Herb Wright passed away Thursday 12 November 2015. He celebrated his 98th birthday on September 13, 2015. Herb was one of our inaugural winners of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) Lifetime Achievement Awards in Mexico in 2009.
Herbert E. Wright, Jr. was among the world’s most productive and highly recognized Quaternary scientists. He led a remarkable scientific career that has touched on many of the pivotal questions of recent earth history, he mentored and inspired more than 70 graduate students and numerous visiting scholars from around the globe, and he had been the recipient of many of the highest awards in his field. As part of the IPA award, Herb published a summary of his career in the J. Paleolimnology at:
Wright, H. E. 2010. High points in paleolimnological studies as viewed by a convert. J. Paleolimnology 44: 497-503. doi.org/10.1007/s10933-010-9431-7
He will be very much missed by our community.
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Elizabeth Gierlowski Kordesch
It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch. Most of you know Beth as an Associate Editor of Journal of Paleolimnology, a position when she has held for many years. She was a prominent lake geoscientist with many interdisciplinary accomplishments. Beth’s publications and editorial activities reflect a wide array of scholarly interests that span the globe. Throughout her career, Beth mentored and encouraged many of us to
pursue science. She tirelessly gave her time to the discipline of lake research — Beth co-founded the Limnogeology Division of the Geological Society of America and offered the International Association of Limnogeology (IAL) her leadership and maintained its headquarters at Ohio University. She was a great and loyal friend to many of us and will be greatly missed.
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Giuseppe Morabito
Giuseppe Morabito, a phytoplankton researcher, died at the age of 53, leaving his wife Paola and two very young girls. He fought cancer for about 3 years. A treasured colleague quiet and friendly,helpful, not boastful, and competent. Giuseppe published with colleagues the paper by Taranu et al. on cyanobacteria, in Ecology Letters. Before his passing he attended and closed a Project called Blasco (please, watch this video, good for students on cyanobacteria distribution observed from satellites;
http://www.cnrweb.tv/le-fioriture-algali-monitorate-dallo-spazio/

14th Symposium Awards

At the 14th International Symposium in Stockholm the IPA honoured the following people, for our various awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

bjorkSvante Björck

Professor emeritus Svante Björck (born 1948, retired 2015) has had a huge impact on Swedish Quaternary geology and on general Quaternary sciences world-wide, especially within palaeoclimatology and geochronology. His contributions to science have been based almost entirely on studies of lake sediments.Svante’s research has had a continuous focus on environmental reconstruction based on multi-proxy analysis of carefully dated sediment sequences from various types of lakes. One of his main contributions was the final synchronization of climate records reflecting the Younger Dryas – Preboreal transition obtained from lake sediments, tree-ring series and Greenland ice cores, a well-cited study published in Science in 1996.Svante’s work has also led to substantially increased insight into the development of the Baltic Basin, manifested by a key paper in Quaternary International in 1995. Radiocarbon dating has been one of his main interests and working tools, and in 2002 he received a major grant for a new single-stage AMS facility in Lund.

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Sumin Wang is the pioneer of limnological research and also the founding father of paleolimnology in China. In the early 1980’s he initiated a key project funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences which surveyed and sampled more than 500 Chinese lakes over 5 years. This led to the compilation of the “Encyclopaedia of Lakes in China”. To date this Encyclopaedia still serves as the primary source for palaeolimnologists, geographers and geologists in China. Sumin was instrumental in the a large ICDP project on the Tibetan Plateau, deriving the first multi-proxy record covering c. 2.8 Ma years, from this region. He has been a great inspiration and figurehead of paleolimnology in China.

SzerczynskaKrystyna Szeroczynska

Krystyna Szeroczynska was awarded for her remarkable contributions in Cladocera research and teaching, as well as mentoring of students and Science outreach. She has dedicated her career to the advancement of the use of subfossil Cladocera to track past environmental changes in lakes. Krystyna is committed to transfer knowledge about the use of bioindicators in the reconstruction of past environmental conditions to a non-scientific audience by means of very clear and enthusiastic communication. She founded the paleolimnology section at the Polish Limnological Society and has been a member of numerous scientific Committees since 1992. Furthermore, Krystyna has contributed in several scientific projects; she developed long-term and fruitful international partnerships, particularly in Europe and Asia, coordinated projects related to climate change and acidification of mountain lakes.

fritzSheri Fritz

Sheri’s recent research focuses on paleoclimatology and paleohydrology of the NA Great Plains & Northern Rocky Mountains. As well as reconstructing the climate history and evolution of biodiversity in tropical South America. She has published a great many papers across a wide range of disciplines, teaching and advising students and post-doctoral researchers so they can follow in her footsteps. She has collaborated with many colleagues in so many different fields, giving generously, tirelessly, and efficiently, to the global scientific community. She is the leader of PAGES and AMQUA. Sheri has also been recognized with illustrious awards from other societies, including the EGU Hans Oeschger Medal and the AAAS Fellow.

engstromDan Engstrom

Dan’s work includes the long-term response of prairie lakes, in particular their water salinity, to changes in climate. The common theme of these studies is the impact of landscape and climate change on lake ecology, and how these changes are recorded in the lake sediment record. More recently, Dan has begun studies on wilderness lakes to identify why some lakes have experienced unprecedented algal blooms in recent decades, apparently in response to a warming climate. Dan helped develop the 210Pb dating method, resulting in his own laboratory that now dates sediment from all over the world. Dan also refined sediment coring equipment and methods to increase the detail at which sediment could be sub-sampled for analysis. These methods were used to document the widespread deposition of mercury (Hg) not only locally, but also across North America. Dan has also investigated toxins beyond Hg and other heavy metals in lake-sediment cores. His research has been at the forefront of understanding the source of these loads and the mechanisms of lake response to human stressors.

Outstanding Service Awards

Oliver Heiri and Steffen Mischke

Both are currently the longest-standing Associate Editors of the Journal of Paleolimnology. Oliver Heiri has served as Associate Editor of JOPL for the last 10 years, and Steffen Mischke has served for the last 8 years, both providing exceptionally conscientious and commendable service.

Early Career Awards

This was the first year that the IPA Early Career Awards were awarded. To mark this, two awards were given.

korosiJenny Korosi

Jennifer’s productivity and scholarship are extensive. Her over 30 papers (which include contributions to Nature Communications, 3 with Proc. Roy Soc., etc.) are characterized by their originality, broadness of scope, and above all scientific impact. Her ongoing research requires a strong background in ecosystem science, limnology, taxonomy, chemistry, statistics, physical geography, as well as related biological, environmental and earth science disciplines. Her new research includes the development of new proxies, such as plant biomarkers. Furthermore, her recent work in biogeochemistry, blending geology and biology with chemistry and ecotoxicology, was further testament to her creativity and scientific prowess, as she co-develops the new field of “paleoexotoxicology”.

korosiJean-Philippe Jenny

Jean-Philippe’s publications and efforts have impressed scientists both within the paleolimnological community and beyond. He initially tested the idea to use the presence of laminated sediments to track down the evolution of hypoxia across a much larger database of lakes. By collaborating with the PAGES Varve Working group and other scientists, Jean-Philippe spearheaded several syntheses using these records. Initially this work was published in Global Change Biology, and was received with great interest. A second publication in PNAS then delved into these records further, linking for the first time the relative role of different forcing factors in producing laminations in lake sediments.Following this, the thrust of his more recent project has been to integrate paleolimnological approaches with ecosystem modeling to quantify the magnitude and heterogeneity in soil erosion across 6 continents over the past ~300 years.

Springer Student Awards

Posters

Highly commended:
Alexander Bolland, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
Rebecca Doyle, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Matej Roman, Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia

Winners:
IPA Award
Luis Rodrigo Martinez Abarca, UNAM, Mexico
IAL Award
Leticia Martin-Bello, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Quaternary Journal Award
Daniel Vondrak, Charles University, Prague, Czechia

Oral papers

Highly commended:
Jeremy McCormack, Ruhr University Germany
Yoav Ben Dor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Maurycy Zarczynski, University of Gdansk, Poland

Winners:
IPA Award
Tsai-Wen Lin, National Taiwan University, Taipei
IAL Award
Christine Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

The PAGES Early-Career Network (PAGES ECN) will be present at the joint IPA-IAL meeting in Stockholm 18-21 June 2018 for an informal joint meeting with the IPA ECN. It is a perfect opportunity to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities of a career in Paleo-science.

Date: Sunday 17 June at 17:00 (5 pm CET). For more information go to the conference website. We hope to see you in Sweden!

We are pleased to announce that Abstract submission is now open for the IPA-IAL 2018 meeting. Registration should also be open in a few weeks.

Please check out our the and updated website: http://ipa-ial.geo.su.se

Dear All,

On behalf of the organising committee for the joint IPA-IAL 2018 meeting:

We have updated the conference website with preliminary information about the Joint Meeting in June 2018 to take place here in Stockholm. At the moment we are going through the proposed sessions and will hopefully be able to release titles soon. Please consult the below website for more information:

http://ipa-ial.geo.su.se

Dear All,

A reminder that the deadline (October 1, 2017) is fast approaching for the joint IPA-IAL 2018 meeting (18-21 June 2018) at Stockholm University. Consult http://ipa-ial.geo.su.se for more details.

For those interested in proposing and chairing a session, please keep in mind the typical size of IPA and IAL meetings. Sessions should not be too narrowly focused to accommodate the breadth of interests within and between the two associations. For previous meetings there have two parallel sessions running with a total of about 15 sessions (each with about 5–10 oral presentations) but will expand this for the joint meeting.

Proposals should be submitted by October 1, 2017 and include a session title, conveners, and a brief description of the session topic (maximum 200 words) and emailed to ipa.ial.2018@gmail.com.

We are now accepting proposals for session for the IPA-ILA 2018 joint meeting. For those interested in proposing and chairing a session, please keep in mind the typical size of IPA and IAL meetings. Sessions should not be too narrowly focused to accommodate the breadth of interests within and between the two associations. For previous meetings there have two parallel sessions running with a total of about 15 sessions (each with about 5–10 oral presentations) but will expand this for the joint meeting.

Proposals should be submitted by October 1, 2017 and include a session title, conveners, and a brief description of the session topic (maximum 200 words) and emailed to ipa.ial.2018@gmail.com.

Dates for the meeting are 18-21 June 2018, with Stockholm University as the venue. Consult for more details.


In memory of Giuseppe (16-04-1964 12-07-2017)

In July Giuseppe Morabito, a phytoplankton researcher, died at the age of 53, leaving his wife Paola and two very young girls. He fought cancer for about 3 years. Colleagues from all Italy arrived here on Lake Maggiore to his funeral. A treasured colleague quiet and friendly, helpful, not boastful and competent. If you were here you could see melancholy in the eyes of people crossing the Institute. His ashes were scattered from a boat in Lake Maggiore, a lake he has studied a lot.

Marina Manca wrote a simple, concise, touching but complete piece about Giuseppe’s life.

Sometimes, life gives us the privilege of meeting special people, people who by their presence illuminate the world, make it better. Here, we, Giuseppe’s colleagues and friends, have received this privilege: we worked with him in the Pallanza Institute for years or have had the opportunity to collaborate with him on large or small international projects. We are privileged because we have been able to know this lovely person, to enjoy his presence, his collaboration, ever-knowing scientific competence, the mild touch of his character, ever obedient, always courteous, gentle, affable and discreet and at the same time attentive, enlightening and witty.
Over the years, we have had many opportunities to fully appreciate the qualities of Giuseppe- and in recent times, his close colleagues learned to call him “Peppe”, as his closest friends and family members called him- and to earn his precious friendship.

We will always have the memory of our time with Giuseppe and of his unique way of being a very high-quality researcher and a very high quality and deep person. The two qualities only in very rare cases travel together, enriching each other and providing lifeblood to nourish knowledge and science, human and civil growth.
Giuseppe leaves us, colleagues from Pallanza and from around the world, to inherit the way of being great in science as in humanity.

Marina Manca

The sad passing of Herb Wright

On behalf of our IPA Chair, Prof. John Smol:

Herb Wright
Dear Paleolimnology Colleagues,

I am sorry to report that Herb Wright passed away Thursday afternoon (12 November 2015). He celebrated his 98th birthday on September 13, 2015.

Herb was one of our inaugural winners of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) Lifetime Achievement Awards in Mexico in 2009.

His IPA 2009 citation read:

Herbert E. Wright, Jr. is among the world’s most productive and highly recognized Quaternary scientists. He has led a remarkable scientific career that has touched on many of the pivotal questions of recent earth history, he has mentored and inspired more than 70 graduate students and numerous visiting scholars from around the globe, and he has been the recipient of many of the highest awards in his field.
Herb continues to be actively engaged in science and to write and publish, and his home still serves, after almost 50 years, as the venue for Wednesday evening seminars in Quaternary paleoecology at the University of Minnesota.

As part of the IPA award, Herb published a summary of his career in the J. Paleolimnology at:

Wright, H. E. 2010. High points in paleolimnological studies as viewed by a convert. J. Paleolimnology 44: 497-503. doi.org/10.1007/s10933-010-9431-7

He will be very much missed by our community.

We’re very proud of Rick who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. The award is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the lives of people around the world.

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