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AGU members have elected paleoclimatologist Lisa Graumlich as the organization’s next president-elect, as well as 53 other Union officers, Board members, section officers, student and early-career representatives to the AGU Council, and the College of Fellows vice chair for the 2021–2022 leadership term.

With more than 18% of our membership voting in our election that ended on 27 October, Graumlich, the inaugural dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, was chosen to serve a 2-year term as president-elect starting in 2021. She will become AGU president in 2023.

A renowned paleoclimatologist and dendrochronologist, Graumlich studies the ways in which ecosystems and human societies adapt to climate change, with a special focus on severe and persistent drought. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Graumlich is the first openly LGBTQ+ president-elect of AGU.

Graumlich and other newly elected leaders will take office on 1 January 2021, and about half of the current AGU Board and Council members will rotate off. New members of the Council Leadership Team will be elected after the first of the year, and committees and task forces will continue their work in support of AGU’s mission and the Board and Council work plan.

In addition, outgoing AGU president Robin Bell will chair the 2021 Leadership Development/Governance Committee, which will continue to focus on diversifying AGU’s volunteer leadership positions, one of the eight decisive actions released in August 2020 that AGU committed to making to remove systemic racism in geosciences.

An accompanying Eos article by the AGU Leadership Development/Governance Committee, entitled “2020 AGU Election Statistics,” discusses the participation, timing, communications, and other details of this year’s election process.

Planning for the 2021–2022 Term

Newly elected Board and Council members will start orienting to their roles in the next few weeks by observing the upcoming virtual Board or Council meetings before taking office in the new year. Continuing Board and Council members will join new members for leadership orientation in the first quarter of 2021.

Members who volunteer can make a real difference. It is rewarding work to advance AGU’s mission and vision in collaboration with colleagues from around the world. In addition to Board and Council positions, there are many volunteer opportunities for member participation in sections and Union-level committees and task forces. Time commitment depends on specific roles and responsibilities. Best of all, volunteering for AGU offers you a chance to work with other leaders, develop new skills, and influence the Earth and space science community. To be considered for future volunteer positions, please complete an online volunteer profile. This does not obligate you but does make you discoverable during the recruiting process.

Newly Elected Officers

The Leadership Development/Governance Committee is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the AGU Board and Council. Please join us in congratulating these incoming leaders, listed below, who will begin their 2-year terms on 1 January 2021.

—Eric A. Davidson ([email protected]), Past President and Chair, Leadership Development/Governance Committee, AGU

 

AGU Board of Directors

President-elect: Lisa Graumlich
International Secretary: Ligia Pérez-Cruz
Director. Position 1: Corey Garza
Director, Position 2: Catherine L. Johnson
Director, Position 3: Jalonne L. White-Newsome

Council: Student and Early Career

Student: Eleanor Robson
Early Career: Sapóoq’is Wíit’as Ciarra S. Greene

AGU Sections and College of Fellows

Atmospheric and Space Electricity

President-elect: David M. Smith

Atmospheric Sciences
President-elect: Allison L. Steiner
Secretary, Composition and Chemistry: Laura L. Pan

Biogeosciences
President-elect: Colleen Hansel
Secretary: Sean Schaeffer

Cryosphere Sciences
President-elect: Bob Hawley

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
President-elect: Kimberly Hill

Earth and Space Science Informatics
President-elect: Danie Kinkade

Education
President-elect: Kristen St. John

Geodesy
President-elect: Matt Pritchard
Secretary: Bill Hammond

GeoHealth
President-elect: John Balbus

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism
President-elect: Suzanne A. McEnroe
Secretary: Paul A. Bedrosian

Global Environmental Change
President-elect: Andrew Dessler
Secretary: Natalie Kehrwald

Hydrology
President-elect: John S. Selker
Secretary: Shirley “Kurc” Papuga

Mineral and Rock Physics
President-elect: Lars Hansen
Secretary: Sally June Tracy

Natural Hazards
President-elect: Guido Cervone
Secretary: Bill Fry

Near-Surface Geophysics
President-elect: Chi Zhang
Secretary: Leah Courtland

Nonlinear Geophysics
President-elect: Raffaele Marino
Secretary: Enrico Camporeale

Ocean Sciences
President-elect: Chuck Nittrouer
Secretary, Marine Geochemistry: Carol Arnosti
Secretary, Marine Geology and Geophysics: Steven D’Hondt

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
President-elect: Kathleen R. Johnson
Secretary: Jennifer Fehrenbacher

Planetary Sciences
President-elect: Paul Byrne
Secretary: Jennifer Whitten

Seismology
President-elect: Martha Kane Savage
Secretary: Colleen Dalton

Science and Society
President-elect: Kevin Reed
Secretary: Heidi Roop

Space Physics and Aeronomy
President-elect: Therese Moretto Jorgensen
Secretary, Magnetospheric Physics: Amy Keesee

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior
President-elect: Anat Shahar
Secretary: Heather A. Ford

Tectonophysics
President-elect: Dan Faulkner
Secretary: Donna Shillington

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
President-elect: Costanza Bonadonna
Secretary, Geochemistry: J. Prytulak
Secretary, Volcanology and Petrology: Olivier Bachmann

College of Fellows
Chair-elect: Alan Robock

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