Robert J. Bodnar is currently the C. C. Garvin Professor of Geochemistry and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. Bodnar is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Geochemistry from Penn State University. Bodnar previously held positions at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, and in the Mineral Deposits Research Group at Chevron Oil Field Research Company in La Habra, California. He joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1985.
At Virginia Tech, Bodnar has directed 41 Masters and PhD degrees and supervised more than 20 post-doctoral researchers. Bodnar has coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 500 abstracts of presentations at national and international conferences, has edited 8 books and proceedings volumes and holds one patent. Bodnar is included in Thomson ISI’s list of Highly Cited Researchers (h-index = 50). In recognition of his research accomplishments, Bodnar has received the Lindgren Award and the Silver Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists and the N.L. Bowen Award from the American Geophysical Union. Bodnar has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Economic Geologists, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geological Society of America. Bodnar is included in “Notable Scientists: The A to Z of Earth Scientists” by A.E. Gates (2003). In 2009, Bodnar was awarded an honorary degree (Laurea Honoris Causa) from the University of Napoli Federico II, in Naples, Italy, and in 2010 Bodnar was recognized by the Science Museum of Virginia and by Governor Bob McDonnell as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist for 2010.
Erdin Bozkurt obtained his BSc and MSc degrees from the Middle EastTechnicalUniversity (Ankara, Turkey) and his PhD from the KeeleUniversity in Newcastle-under-Lyme in UK, in 1994. His dissertation was the first research focused on the ‘Effects of Tertiary Extension in the Southern Menderes Massif, Western Turkey’. His research interests are (i) extensional tectonics, (ii) core-complex formation and basin evolution, (iii) growth and evolution of normal faults, and (iv) graben formation and evolution. More recent reach topics include (i) spatial and temporal relationships among migmatization, granitic magmatism and extensional tectonics, (ii) evolution of the Neotethyan branches in northwest Turkey, (ii) correlation of Triassic (?) metamorphic rocks among different tectonic units of the Anatolide-Tauride platform, their provenance, deformation and metamorphism. His research is based mainly on field methods, also supported by detailed petrography, geochemistry and geochronology.
After a short-period of research assistant post in the AnkaraUniversity, Dr. Bozkurt was appointed a faculty position in the Department of Geological Engineering at METU in 1995 and he has been working there since then. He has received several awards including: (i) MSc Thesis of the Year Award from METU Prof.Dr. Mustafa N. PARLAR Education and Research Foundation in 1990, (ii) scholarship from Ministry of Education (First Degree) for a PhD Degree in UK in 1990, (iii) Research paper of the year from the Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey in 1998 and 2005, (iv) METU Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in 2000, (v) TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Young Scientists Encouragement Award in 2001, (vi) Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) Outstanding Young Scientist Award (GEBİP) in 2002, (vii) Middle East Technical University Tarık Somer Award in 2002. He was also elected Associate Member of Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) in 2008 and then he resigned in 2012.
Dr. Bozkurt is currently acting Editor-in-Chief of Geodinamica Acta, Subject Editor of the Journal of the Geological Society, and Associate Editor of Geological Journal; he also serves as editorial board member of several journals. He also acted as Editor-in-Chief of the Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences during 1999-2012 period and Associate Editor of Geological Society of America Bulletin during 2007-2009 period. Dr. Bozkurt is also a member of ScienceAcademy in Turkey. He is the acting department chair and teaches courses in structural geology, tectonics, field mapping and microtectonics at METU.
“Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee is an igneous and metamorphic petrologist. He completed his BS in 1981 and MS in 1983 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and received his PhD from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1989. He taught mineralogy courses while studying for his doctoral degree at CUNY. After obtaining his PhD, he worked for a year at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, studying meteorites, and two years managing the electron microprobe (EPMA) laboratory at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1993. At MIT, he manages the EPMA facility, teaches courses related to the EPMA technique and its applications in petrology, and performs independent research. His current research focuses on the petrogenesis and evolution of the Deccan and the Rajmahal continental flood basalts, Himalayan eclogite and ophiolite and their significance to continental convergence and collision, and granulite facies metamorphism in eastern India with applications to Proterozoic-Paleozoic supercontinental break-up and assembly. He has also collaborated in studying hydrous peridotite melting in the mantle wedge.”
Dr Quentin Crowley is Ussher Lecturer in Isotopes and the Environment in the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He received his B.Sc. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in geology at the National University of Ireland, Galway before travelling to the UK for a three year position as an EU-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Keele University researching the Paleozoic Amalgamation of Central Europe. He subsequently took on a role as U-Th-Pb Geochronology Laboratory Manager and Research Scientist at the UK’s NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratories. During this time he worked on a diverse and large number of geoscience projects with a talented group of post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers from around the UK. For the past six years he has been based in Trinity College Dublin’s Geology Department.
aDr Crowley describes his research as “geochemically and temporally characterizing significant events in Earth history”. His research uses isotope geochemistry and geochronology to study processes operating over a range of time-scales and at different periods in Earth History. His current research projects span the present day back to the Archean. Some of these projects deal with formation of economic mineral deposits, Holocene climate change, magmatic and tectonic development of ophiolites, crustal evolution of the Early Earth and geosphere-biosphere-
After receiving his B.A. in geology from the University of California, Berkeley, William White earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 1977. White did postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and at the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver between 1977 and 1980. From 1980 to 1985 he was a staff scientist at the Max Planck Institut für Chemie in Mainz, Germany, and then spent a year as associate professor in the College of Oceanography at Oregon State University. White joined the Cornell faculty in 1986. He spent seven months of 1995 as a visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieur de Lyon and the Université de Rennes, served as a visiting professor at the Université de Brest in 2001-2002, and was a Merle Tuve Senior Fellow at Carnegie Institution of Washington in 2002. White is a fellow of the Geochemical Society and the American Geophysical Union. He served as founding editor of the electronic journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-cubed) from 1999 to 2005. He currently serves as chairman of the EarthChem Advisory Committee (EarthChem is an international geochemical database initiative).
White’s primary research interest is the large-scale chemical evolution and dynamics of the Earth, particularly the origin of mantle plumes and the volcanoes they produced. The primary tools in this effort have been radiogenic isotopes (e.g.,87Sr, 206Pb) and trace element abundances in basalts, which are produced by partial melting of the mantle. Isotope ratios of radiogenic elements (e.g., the 87Sr/86Sr ratio) are of particular use because (1) isotope ratios of heavy elements are not chemically fractionated, hence a ratio such as 87Sr/86Sr in a basalt is the same as that in its mantle source; and (2) the abundance of radiogenic elements changes with time due to radioactive decay, thus isotope ratios provide critical evolutionary perspective on the Earth. His second interest is the chemical evolution of the oceans. Stable isotopes are useful in this area because they can provide information on paleotemperatures and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and sulfur. This in turn relates to the abundance of atmospheric oxygen and carbon in the past. Studies that combine both table isotope and radiogenic isotope ratios represent perhaps the best hope for understanding the paleochemistry of the oceans, and indirectly, the long term controls on Earth’s climate.
Yener Eyuboglu is Associate Professor of Geology at Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in geological sciences at Karadeniz Technical University in 1997. He did his graduate work (MSc and PhD) in structural geology and petrology at Karadeniz Technical University and post-doctoral research at the Miami University (Oxford, USA). His research interests include petrogenesis of subduction-related mafic-ultramafic and adakitic magmas, convergent margin tectonics, slab windows and Meso-Cenozoic geodynamic evolution of the Mediterranean region. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Geoscience Frontiers and is a Steering Committee Member for International Association For Gondwana Research.
John Geissman a Professor of Geoscience and Department Head at the University of Texas at Dallas and an Emeritus Professor at the University of New Mexico and Adjunct Full Professor at the University of Michigan. He was born in Rockford, Illinois. He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geology (now Earth and Environmental Sciences) from the University of Michigan. After two years of postdoctoral study at the University of Toronto, he joined the Geology and Geological Engineering Faculty at the Colorado School of Mines, where he taught for four years. He moved to the University of New Mexico in 1984 and retired in 2010, when he moved to the University of Texas at Dallas. John Geissman’s research interests lie in the paleomagnetism and rock magnetism and their use in addressing geologic problems, in particular in structural geology, tectonics, and magmatic processes. John Geissman has served in numerous university and professional society positions. He was Faculty Senate President at the University of New Mexico for two and a half years, Chair of the Committee on Governance for two years, and Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM. He has served on several editorial boards, was the Editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin for six years and the Solid Earth Science Editor for Eos for ten years, and is currently Editor in Chief of Tectonics. He has served on several National Science Foundation advisory and review panels for the Earth Sciences and, as Council Member for the Geological Society of America, was Chair of its Publications Committee. He served as President of the Geological Society of America from 2011 to 2012. He is past Chair of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of GSA. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. John Geissman has published over 190 papers, and has given hundreds of invited scientific presentations. Among recent personal accomplishments, he succeeded with the University of New Mexico Regents and Administration to get an Honorary Degree from UNM for Dr. Eugenie Scott, Director of the National Center for Science Education and, as President of GSA, presented Mr. Bill McKibben with the GSA President’s Medal.
Donna L. Whitney is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and the Head of the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in geology from Smith College, and MS and PhD degrees in geological sciences from the University of Washington. Before joining the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1997, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Calgary and an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She has been a visiting professor at ETH-Zurich (2004-2005) and the Australian National University (2011-2012).
Over the past 20 years, Whitney has advised 27 graduate students and 8 postdoctoral researchers. She has published 100 scientific papers, is a coauthor of several textbooks, and has been an editor of the Journal of Metamorphic Geology for 10 years. Whitney is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Mineralogical Society of America, and has received several teaching awards at the University of Minnesota. She is a past chair (2012-13) of the Structural Geology & Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America.
Othmar Müntener is a professor for igneous petrology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Earth sciences from ETH Zürich. After post-docs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MIT and ETH, he spent 3 years as a research fellow in Neuchâtel, before being awarded a prestigious Swiss National Science foundation assistant professorship in 2004. Since 2006 he is professor at the University of Lausanne. His research group is using and developing LA-ICP-MS methods to study Earth processes. He is working on the formation and evolution of continental and oceanic crust, subduction zone processes, and the formation of ocean-continent transition zones, combining field studies, geochemistry, and experiments. He is (co-author) of some 80 scientific publications and since 2014 he is executive editor of Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.
Di-Cheng Zhu is Professor at the China University of Geosciences Beijing (China). B.Sc. (1997) and M.Sc. (2000) from Chengdu University of Technology, Ph.D. (2003) from Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China. Research fields include petrology, geochronology, and geochemistry. Research interests include (1) Early Cretaceous magmatism in SE Tibet, SE India, and SW Australia (eastern Gondwana) and its possible link with the Kerguelen mantle plume, (2) Tectonomagmatism in southern Tibet (e.g., the Lhasa, Qiangtang, and Himalaya) and its implications for tectonomagmatic evolution of ancient orogenic belts worldwide (e.g., Turkey, Iran, and Australia), and (3) Paleogeographic reconstruction in the northern margin of Gondwana: magmatic and detrital zircon perspectives. Recipient of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2012) and Changjiang Scholars Distinguished Professor, Ministry of Education of China (2013). Google Scholar H index 25, citations 2096 since 2010.
Haibo Zou is Associate Professor of Geology at Auburn University, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1999 and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from National Science Foundation to conduct earth science research at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He later became a research scientist at the National Ion Microprobe Facility at UCLA in 2002 and moved to Auburn University in 2008. His varied research interests include partial melting in the mantle and crust, magmatic timescales, volcanology, geochemical modeling, chemical geodynamics, and paleoclimates. His main research tools include (1) mass spectrometers for measuring uranium-series, Nd, Sr, Pb, Hf, and O isotopic compositions in rocks and minerals and (2) equations for modeling Earth processes. He is the author of “Quantitative Geochemistry” and 67 research papers. He was a member of the editorial board for Chemical Geology and is currently a member of the editorial board for Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition). He was elected as a Fellow of Geological Society of America in 2011.