The Enrollment Cliff

Thursday, November 17, 2022

This month's AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs online discussion explores the enrollment cliff and what that means for the geoscience departments. The discussion is led by Christopher Keane from AGI, and looks at the dynamics driving the enrollment cliff, followed by a group discussion on ways to get geoscience programs to thrive in this new paradigm.


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Disaster Risk Reduction: The role of geological survey organizations in understanding risk and informing risk reduction actions

Monday, February 6, 2023

Geological Survey Organizations (GSOs) play a critical role in understanding geo-hazards and risks as a required component for designing and implementing disaster risk management policies and programs. This forum will provide three virtual workshops to support the exchange of information among executives and senior managers on the role of GSOs in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at a National Level. The forum will provide a high level overview of the role of GSOs in disaster risk reduction, including strategies, awareness of and advocacy on hazards and risks, financial risk management, building codes, and early warning systems.

The forum will also provide an overview of the range of national interinstitutional governance structures within which GSOs function, in the context of national level DRR and climate change adaptation policy settings. Speakers will discuss the common challenges and opportunities for effective use of hazard and risk assessments in national DRR policies, investments, and programs, identify gaps and enablers for enhancing the role of GSOs in DRR, and evaluate how the focus and investments in climate adaptation can be a threat but also an opportunity for enhancing geo-risk awareness and resilience measures.

The forum will be hosted as a set of three regional sessions, with each regional forum featuring pre-recorded lectures from science policy experts and geoscientists and a live moderated discussion session with attendees.

All sessions will be conducted in English with live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Modern Chinese, and Arabic.

Please contact Sahar Safaie at sahar.safaie@sageonearth.ca with any questions about this forum.

Session Schedule

Part I: The Enablers: Mechanisms that facilitate GSOs' role in disaster and climate risk management
06 February 2023  13.00 - 16.00 GMT

Part II: The Science and Technology: Advancing methods, tools, and capabilities in hazard and risk assessment
13 February 2023  16.00 - 19.00 GMT

Part III: The Risk Management Goal: How GSOs can support awareness and advocacy, enhancing building codes, early warning systems, and local level resilience planning
20 February 2023  03.00 - 06.00 GMT

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Overcoming Pandemic-related Impacts in the Geosciences: Perspectives from Geoscience Employers

Thursday, December 8, 2022

This is the final webinar in our Fall webinar series that is highlighting best practices and adaptations to pandemic-related impacts. In this webinar, we will hear from geoscience employers on how their organizations have navigated pandemic-related challenges to maintain operational continuity, including how work environments and hiring and onboarding of new employees have changed, and if what employers are looking for in new hires has changed as a result of the pandemic.

Funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570). The results and interpretation of the study are the views of the American Geosciences Institute and not those of the National Science Foundation.

AGI Announces 'Earth Science for a Sustainable World' Webinar Series for Earth Science Week 2022

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In collaboration with Earth Science Week program partners, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to invite students, educators, geoscience professionals, and others to participate in the "Earth Science for a Sustainable World" Webinar Series during Earth Science Week (October 9-15, 2022) and/or view recordings after the event.

Geoscience Society Diversity Initiatives

Friday, October 21, 2022

The AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs webinar series is pleased to offer a free online webinar and discussion about the diversity initiatives within the geoscience societies.

Our presenters include:

  • Stephen K. Boss, Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Principal Investigator, GSA’s Geosciences ASCEND
  • Erika Marin-Spiotta, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Lead Principal Investigator, ADVANCEGeo
  • Margaret Fraiser, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, AGU, representing AGU LANDInG
  • Brielle Bennett, Senior Program Specialist, AGU, representing the AGU LANDInG Community of Practice
  • Pranoti Asher, Assistant Director, Grants and Education Programs, AGU, representing the AGU Bridge Program
  • Susan Sullivan, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, representing AGI's Intersociety Diversity Committee


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Overcoming Pandemic-related Impacts in the Geosciences: Perspectives from Academic Faculty

Thursday, October 27, 2022

This is the second of our Fall webinar series on best practices and adaptations to pandemic-related impacts. In this webinar, we hear from academic faculty at 4-year and 2-year institutions about the strategies they used to overcome pandemic-related restrictions and impacts to their work, research, and teaching activities. Our panelists also delve into the temporary and lasting impacts of the pandemic, new opportunities that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and provide insights on how to navigate restrictions and setbacks.

Our speakers are:

  • Andrew Rindsberg, Professor, Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of West Alabama
  • Kaatje van der Hoeven Kraft, Professor, Department of Sciences and Engineering, Whatcom Community College
  • Sarah Sheffield, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of South Florida
  • Alyssa Abbey, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Long Beach

Funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570). The results and interpretation of the survey are the views of the American Geosciences Institute and not those of the National Science Foundation.

Updating Soil Survey to Meet Dynamic New Challenges and Sustainable Soils for a Sustainable Planet

Friday, October 14, 2022

This is the final webinar in the 2022 Earth Science Week webinar series that highlights the importance of maintaining soil quality and how to do so sustainably, such as by incorporating organisms into the soil food web to enhance soil quality. The speakers also showcase the use of GIS in mapping soils, with a case study on a project in Kansas that focuses on the Keith soil series.

Browse the Earth Science Week 2022 webinar series.

About our speakers

Dr. Tiffany Carter, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS National Soil Survey Center

Dr. Carter is a native of Kansas City, MO. She holds a BS in Biology from Lincoln University (MO), a MS in Grain Science from Kansas State University, and a PhD in Agronomy from Kansas State University. She is a research soil scientist at the USDA-NRCS National Soil Survey Center. Her research focuses on soil biology, and her current research interests include soil biodiversity, soil ecology, dynamic soil properties, genomics, and linking soil health to biological indicators. She is also interested in soil biological method development and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in agriculture.

Dr. Skye Wills, National Leader for Soil Science Research, National Soil Survey Center, USDA-NRCS

Dr. Wills is the National Leader for Soil Research at the National Soil Survey Center. The NSSC provides national leadership to NRCS's soils program and the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Program. The research branch is working to develop new techniques in dynamic soil survey including soil health, soil moisture, and other properties and interpretations that change over time. Her previous work includes the Rapid Carbon Assessment project (a national soil carbon inventory) and the Dynamic Soil Properties for Soil Health project (cooperators using soil survey and ecological sites to organize soil health measurements). She’s a proponent of reproducibility and open science to maximize the impact and accessibility of soil data. She holds degrees from Kansas State University in Agronomy and Iowa State University in Soil Morphology and Genesis.

Working to promote Earth Science for a Sustainable World

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

This is the second webinar of Earth Science Week 2022 webinar series that features two Geoscientists without Borders® (GWB) projects. The first project, presented by Dr. Kirsten Nicholson focuses on high mountain aquifers in the Sagarmatha National Park, Mt Everest region, Nepal. Dr. Nicholson discusses sourcing potable drinking water for local communities and how people’s behavior (both local residents and tourists) and climate change are impacting access to potable water in the region.

The second presentation, by Mr. Gabriel do Nasciemento Cardasco, is focused on utilizing five geophysical methodologies to study the geohazard risk from mining practices in Ouro Preto, Brazil. He discusses the background and landslide risk of this region, shares how his research has helped measure the scope of the issue, and discusses strategies for engaging with the local community.

Browse the Earth Science Week 2022 webinar series.

About our speakers

Dr. Kirsten Nicholson, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Ball State University

Dr. Nicholson’s research includes work on petrology, tectonics and heat flow in the Pacific, and water resources in the Nepali Himalayas. Kirsten has more than 25 years of research experience in petrology and tectonics but has only been working in water resources for the past ten years. Her BSc is in Geological Sciences is from the University of British Columbia, Canada, her MSc is from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and her PhD is a cotutelle from the University of Auckland and the Universite Joseph Fourier, France.

Gabriel do Nascimento Cardoso, Undergraduate student, Department of Geological Engineering, Federal University of Ouro Preto

Gabriel currently works as an intern at an ornamental rocks mining company. He is an active participant in the student chapter Society of Applied Geophysics (SGA), where he explores the utilization of geophysics to solve problems and develop new applications. Besides being an SGA representative, Gabriel’s research is also affiliated with Geoscientists Without Borders (GWB) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

Working Toward a Sustainable World: Geoscience Projects Related to the SDGs

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

This is the first webinar of the 2022 Earth Science Week webinar series in which our speakers present six case studies that illustrate how the geosciences intersect with the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12), Climate Action (SDG 13), and Life on Land (SDG 15).

Our speakers are:

  • Carlos Martinez, Director, NYC Parks GreenThumb
  • Renee Mazurek, Resilient Communities Manager, River Network
  • Max Brouwers, Chief Business Development Officer, Getech
  • Dr. Sahle-Demessie, Chemical Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Futoshi Nakamura, Professor, Department of Forest Science, Hokkaido University
  • Dr. Matthew Hansen, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Maryland – College Park

Browse the Earth Science Week 2022 webinar series.

The Science of Keeping Materials in the Loop

Thursday, October 13, 2022

This third webinar of Earth Science Week 2022 webinar series explores the circular economy of raw materials, including production, use, reuse, recycling, and waste streams. The speakers discuss the roles of different stakeholders within this lifecycle and explore ways to re-capture raw materials through the different stages within the circular economy, such as is done with urban mining. The speakers also provide a discussion about the differences in designing approaches to raw materials development from the perspective of a producer vs. a provider.

Our speakers are: 

  • Dr. Federico Magalini, Director Sustainability Services UK and Italy, dss+  
  • Dr. Luis Tercero Espinoza, Coordinator of Business Unit Raw Materials, Fraunhofer  
  • Dr. Ola Isaksson, Professor in Systems Engineering and Engineering Design, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology  

Browse the Earth Science Week 2022 webinar series.

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