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U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences

The U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences (USNC/IUGS) serves as a focal point for U.S. discussions on how to best maintain the viability and relevance of the geological sciences internationally.  The committee provides guidance and input to the IUGS on these issues, and plans and implements U.S. participation in furthering the goals and work of the IUGS. The USNC/IUGS works in cooperation with scientific societies and seeks their input on nominations to the committee. 

What's New

Geoheritage Activities at GSA 2019
The U.S. Advisory Group for Geoheritage and Geoparks is proud to have co-sponsored two events at the 2019 GSA in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit  

IUGS Releases 2019 Brochure
The IUGS is proud to reveal its latest brochure for 2019. The complete, printable PDF is available for download here.

Resourcing Future Generations (RFG) Summer School
The IUGS RFG program, along with the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, co-sponsored and organized the ReSToRE: Researching Social Theories, Recourses, and Environment Summer School in Dublin, Ireland in July 2019. Watch this space after the summer school for related news and media.

USNC/IUGG and USNC/IUGS Sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was proud to be a significant presence at the AGU Fall Meeting this December in Washington, D.C. The sessions below were co-organized by members and staff of the USNC/GG and the USNC/GS. "No More Time to Waste: Moving Science to Action at Scales that Matter," a public lecture by Dr. Pam Matson, was organized by Maggie Walser (GRP), Deb Glickson (BESR, DELS), and Ester Sztein (BISO, PGA).

Title: "Science Diplomacy: Advancing Scientific Discovery through Cross-Border Collaboration" (PA046)
Date/Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Title: "Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience, Response, and Recovery," a joint AGU-IUGG Centennial Symposium co-organized by the USNC/IUGG
Date/Time: Sunday, December 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt, Independence A-E

Title: "Addressing Societal Challenges Through Science Diplomacy I" (PA12A)
Date/Time: Monday, December 10 from 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis -- Marquis 3-4

Title: "Addressing Societal Challenges Through Science Diplomacy" (Poster) (PA13B)
Date/Time: Monday, December 10 from 1:40 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Convention Center -- Hall A-C (Poster Hall)

Title: "No More Time to Waste: Moving Science To Action at Scales that Matter" Public Lecture
Date/Time: Monday, December 10 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: National Academies' Keck Center

Title: "Science Diplomacy Workshop: Transcending Academic and National Boundaries and Advancing Scientific Discovery" (Workshop for Early-Career Scientists)
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt, Lafayette Park/Farragut Square

Title: "Open Science by Design: Addressing the Data Dimensions" (Poster) (PA23G-1051)
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 11, from 1:40 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Convention Center -- Hall A-C (Poster Hall)

Title: "Opportunities Beyond Academia" (Panelist: Ester Sztein) (ESWN)
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis

Title: "Science Diplomacy Before, During, and After Disaster Strikes," a talk by Ester Sztein (NH52A-01)
Date/Time: Friday, December 14, from 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis -- Marquis 9-10

Remembering Eldridge Moores
Geologist and longtime USNC/GS member Eldridge Moores passed away on October 29, 2018, on a geological field trip. Dr. Moores was Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of California, Davis, and was a member of the U.S. National Committee for IUGS from 2001 to 2008. He also served on multiple U.S. delegations to the International Geological Congress.

Dr. Moores will be deeply missed by his USNC/GS and BISO colleagues. For more on his extraordinary life and achievements, please visit the UC Davis memorial page.


The U.S. National Committee for IUGS hosted a town hall on geoheritage at the Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in November 2018. The meeting, conducted jointly by the U.S. Geoheritage and Geoparks Advisory Group and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) took place on Monday, November 5, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. For more on GSA 2018, visit

Celebrating America's Geoheritage in 2018
The U.S. Geoheritage and Geoparks Advisory Group is a development activity of the U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences. These dedicated geological scientists promote the preservation of National Parks, Landmarks, Monuments, and other treasured parts of our nation. Most recently, the Advisory Group collaborated with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) to feature “Our Shared Geoheritage” as the 2016 Earth Science Week ( theme. 

The Advisory Group continues to broadly promote the concept of geoheritage and the crucial links between geology and American history at locations ranging from Appalachian coal mines to Michigan’s copper-rich Keweenaw Peninsula. The benefits of developing such a program include improved public awareness of America’s geological heritage and increased geotourism visitation and economic development in these locations.

For more information on Geopark applications and educational outreach, please visit

Congratulations to the 2016 Geological Society of America (GSA) Travel Grant Winners!
The GSA Foundation, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), and the USNC/IUGS awarded twenty award travel grants for students and young scientists to attend the 2016 Congress. The USNC/IUGS extends its sincerest congratulations to the recipients, listed below in alphabetical order:

1. Karin Abrahamsson (University of Kansas)
2. Jaclyn Baughman (University of Colorado, Boulder)
3. Natalia Bykova (Virginia Tech)
4. Megan Derrico (Stanford University)
5. Eric Gottlieb (Stanford University)
6. Neil Griffis (University of California, Davis)
7. Sandra Hardy (The University of Texas at El Paso)
8. Daniel Kelley (The Ohio State University)
9. Katherine Kuklewicz (University of Kansas)
10. Bailey Lathrop (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
11. Tarryn Lee (Towson University)
12. Sophie Lehmann (The Johns Hopkins University)
13. Abniel Machin (Universidad del Turabo)
14. Ryan McKenzie (University of California, Riverside)
15. Michael Meyer (Virginia Tech)
16. A. Drew Muscente (Virginia Tech)
17. Demian Nelson (University of California, Santa Barbara)
18. Qing Tang (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
19. Isabel Villaneda-van Vloten (University of Kansas)
20. Yang (Wendy) Zhang (Purdue University 

IUGS Cape Town Cape Town Dinner Pic
Mentors and award recipients at the Travel Award Mentoring Dinner, IUGS Congress in Cape Town, August 28, 2016




Activities and Events


Resource Links

IUGS International Webpage

Contact the USNC/IUGS

Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
James Manning, Senior Program Assistant

2016 AGU Session (PDF):
"The U.S. Government Role in Preserving Geoscience Sample and Data Collections" by Ester Sztein

December 16, 2015 AGU Session (PDF):
"Arctic Science Diplomacy: Opportunities for International Collaboration and Policy-Engaged Scholarship" by Ester Sztein and Melody Brown Burkins

February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”

December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”

February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"

December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”

February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"

February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"

February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”

February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"

December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”

February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"

September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"

February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Banner Photo Credits: Capelinhos Volcano, Faial, Azores and Chile's snow-covered Villarica Volcano (Grant Heiken); view from Mt. Whitney's majestic peak at nearly 14,495 ft / 4418m in California's Sequoia National Park (Jill McCarthy).

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