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Find Your Science at GSA
14 January 2014
GSA release no. 14-04
Jeanette Hammann
Director - GSA Publications
Kea Giles
Managing Editor,
GSA Communications
Shanka de Silva
Shanaka (Shan) de Silva for Geosphere
David Schofield
David Schofield for GSA Bulletin
Steven Whitmeyer
Steven Whitmeyer for GSA Today

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GSA Brings New Science Editors Onboard for Geosphere, GSA Bulletin, and GSA Today

Boulder, CO, USA – The Geological Society of America (GSA) announces three new science editors for its journals Geosphere and GSA Bulletin and its science and information magazine, GSA Today. Shanaka de Silva of Oregon State University, David Schofield of the British Geological Survey, and Steven J. Whitmeyer of James Madison University will bring new perspective and expertise to GSA’s science publications.

Shanaka (Shan) de Silva is co-science editor for Geosphere, a peer-reviewed online journal that celebrates its tenth year of publication in 2014. A professor in the geology and geophysics group of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, de Silva works with the VIPER group (volcanology, igneous petrology and economic geology research), focusing on integrating petrology, geochemistry, physical volcanology, geochronology, remotely sensed data, and geophysics to better understand volcanic systems and processes on Earth. He is also actively investigating surface processes and aeolian geomorphology of Mars. His editorial experience includes serving on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Frontiers in Earth Science (Volcanology) and as an associate editor for GSA Bulletin. Learn more at

Joining GSA Bulletin as co-science editor is David Schofield of the British Geological Survey. Chief geologist for Wales at the survey since 2010, Schofield’s research activities are in structural geology, tectonics, geochemistry, geochronology, and paleogeography of Appalachian terranes in the UK and Atlantic North America, cratonic regions in Africa and subduction accretion processes that combine these studies with knowledge developed working in the Semail ophiolite of the United Arab Emirates. His duties also bring him into collaboration among the academic research sector, industry scientists, and policy makers. He was previously an associate editor for GSA Bulletin. Learn more at

Incoming GSA Today science editor Steven J. Whitmeyer is associate professor of structural geology and tectonics at James Madison University. He is primarily interested in tectonic evolution through time and uses structural and geospatial analyses to develop and visualize tectonic reconstructions. He has co-edited two GSA Special Papers (Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research and Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches) and one GSA Field Guide (The Mid-Atlantic Shore to the Appalachian Highlands: Field Trip Guidebook for the 2010 Joint Meeting of the Northeastern and Southeastern GSA Sections). Learn more at

A complete list of editors (and links to listings of associate editors and editorial board members) is posted at

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 26,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.