IUGS Subcommission roles available

Calling all Neogene Geoscientists - especially marine paleontological specialists

After many years’ service, GNS Emeritus Scientist and Paleontologist Dr. Alan Beu is stepping down from his positions as the New Zealand representative on both the IUGS Subcommission on Neogene Stratigraphy and the IUGS Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy. Alan has done a superb job and we are extremely grateful for his commitment and contribution to the ongoing refinement of the Neogene Chronostratigraphic Scale and synthesis of associated research. But now it is time for some fresh faces to represent New Zealand on these international subcommissions. 

If you are or know a member of the GSNZ who is a Neogene or Quaternary specialist and would benefit from the chance to boost their international profile and contribute to the promotion and integration of Neogene and Quaternary research around the world, then we'd love to hear from you

There are two roles available:

IUGS Subcommission on Neogene Stratigraphy Representative

The primary roles of the Subcommission on Neogene Stratigraphy (SNS) is to provide optimum clarity and stability for the Neogene Chronostratigraphic Scale. They also seek to promote studies and promulgate information on the evolution of climate and the biosphere during the Neogene. 

IUGS Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy Representative

The Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy (SQS) exists to promote and co-ordinate international co-operation and integration by applying the statutory scientific goals of the ICS to the Quaternary. Its most important objective is the establishment of a standard, globally applicable stratigraphic scale.                                                                                                            

Both of these subcommissions are part of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), the largest scientific organisation within the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).  As the New Zealand representative on either of these subcommissions you will be a voting member of a network of leading geoscientists from around the world, charged with helping to determine the international definition of stage boundaries that underpins the time-relative interpretation of all Neogene and Quaternary data and research.

Applications are invited from current GSNZ members and should be submitted to Secretary@gsnz.org.nz by 30 January.