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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.
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First Circular – 13th International Paleolimnology Symposium Continue Reading »

Further details on the “Paleolimnology of Northern Eurasia” Conference in Petrozavodsk, Russia, September 2014 Continue Reading »

New volume published of Diatoms of Europe

Diatoms of Europe: Diatoms of the European Inland Waters and Comparable Habitats. Ed. by H. Lange – Bertalot: Volume 07: Levkov, Z., D. Metzeltin and A. Pavlov: Luticola and Luticolopsis. 2013.

This volume presents the synopsis and revision of LUTICOLA D. Mann, and contains taxa that possess a single stigma, uniseriate striae, round to elliptical areolae and marginal channel along the valve face/mantle junction, internally occluded by hymenes, as well as inwardly strongly thickened central nodule. Continue Reading »

Goldschmidt Conference 2014

The Goldschmidt Conference 2014 Continue Reading »

12th Symposium Awards

At the 12th International Symposium in Glasgow the IPA honoured John Birks, Peter Appleby, Ingemar Renberg and Françoise Gasse for their lifetime contributions to palaeolimnology.

The winners of the student prizes were Mark Stevenson (best oral presentation) and Linda Randsalu-Wendrup (best poster presentation). Both received Springer book tokens for $250.00. Continue Reading »

The 13th International Paleolimnology Symposium Continue Reading »

International Conference & Young Scientist Meeting – “Paleolimnology of Northern Eurasia” Continue Reading »

Minutes for the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) Business Meeting Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow, UK August 24, 2012 Continue Reading »

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