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Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division

Mission Statement —

Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division

Purpose:
The purpose of the Division is to bring together scientists working at the interface of biology and geology; to encompass the integration of these disciplines through time and across space; to simultaneously promote both the broad scope and detailed disciplinary work demanded of rigorous interdisciplinary research; to nurture this emerging spectrum of fields by active encouragement and mentoring of students; and to advise and assist the officers and committees of GSA in matters related to geobiology and geomicrobiology. Fields currently within this Division include: biogeochemistry, biomineralogy, geochemical ecology, paleontology, micropaleontology, origins of life and co-evolution of planets and life, paleobiology and paleoecology, molecular paleontology and ecology, systems modeling and informatics, and astrobiology.

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Point by point explication of
Mission Statement components:

  1. "To bring together scientists working at the interface of biology and geology;"
  2. "to encompass the integration of these disciplines through time and across space;"
  3. "to simultaneously promote both the broad scope and detailed disciplinary work demanded of rigorous interdisciplinary research;"
  4. "to nurture this emerging spectrum of fields by active encouragement and mentoring of students;"
  5. "and to advise and assist the officers and committees of GSA in geobiology and geomicrobiology related matters."
  6. "Fields currently within this Division include: Biogeochemistry, Biomineralogy, Geochemical Ecology, Paleoecology, Micropaleontology, Origins of Life and Co-evolution of Planets and Life, Paleobiology and Paleoecology, Molecular Paleontology and Ecology, Systems Modeling and Informatics, and Astrobiology."