Many congratulations to Professor Ros Rickaby who has been named the recipient of the 2023 Science Innovation Award medal by the European Association of Geochemistry. The EAG Science Innovation Award recognizes scientists who have recently made a particularly important and innovative breakthrough in geochemistry. The geochemical research must be highly original and contribute in a significant fashion to our understanding of the natural behavior of the Earth or planets.
Ros is a marine biogeochemist, currently the Chair of Geology here at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, having been Professor of Biogeochemistry since 2010. She received her PhD with Harry Elderfield from Cambridge University in 1995 and studied at Harvard for her post-doc with Dan Schrag before being appointed to a Lectureship in Oxford in 2002. Ros has won 20 years of continuous ERC funding, and been recognised by prestigious medals from the European Geosciences and American Geophysical Union, and Geological Society of London. She held a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society and was just last year appointed FRS.
Ros’ overarching theme is to use the past co-evolution of life, environmental chemistry, and Earth’s climate to inform predictions of future change. Ros has pioneered an interdisciplinary blend of biology and chemistry to define the evolving role of the mineralising phytoplankton, in driving climate.
The 2023 EAG Science Innovation Award is named in honor of Nicholas Shackleton honoring his work in climatology and the 2023 Science Innovation Award Lecture will be presented at the Goldschmidt2023 Conference.