This year, 2022, the Goldschmidt conference moves to Hawaii! This is really terrific! As a geologist, Hawaii has been a dream place for me to visit and explore: it just has breathtaking sceneries and has been the research "hotspot" due to the presence of Hawaii hotspot beneath the islands.
The themes and sessions of Goldschmidt 2022 cover various aspects of Earth and planetary sciences. In particular, sessions regarding in-situ technical development, mineral and melt chemistry in Earth’s components, and magmatism (volcanism) and metamorphism during lithosphere (mantle and crust) formation and evolution are closely related with my PhD projects and are all quite appealing. It will be a fantastic conference to attend!
As a contribution to this exciting conference, we several conveners propose a session geared towards "oceanic crust formation", entitled "The Formation, Dynamics, and Influence of Magmatic Systems in the Oceanic Crust". Check it out via the link: https://conf.goldschmidt.info/goldschmidt/2022/meetingapp.cgi/Symposium/288. This session has attracted a significant number of abstract submissions. Really looking forward to the conference in July 10-15!
Finally back to Gainesville! The in-person AGU 2021 held at New Orleans on 12/13-12/17 during the pandemic has been a great challenge but turned out to be very successful! The wise "colored (green, yellow, red) bands" for the badges made the interaction among colleagues much easier. Traditional New Orleans food, classic Jazz, French architecture, all made the trip awesome and unforgettable!
I also challenged myself in this AGU meeting by having two presentations, one for my monazite petrochronology work in Damara Orogen (poster) and one for my olivine work in East Pacific Rise (oral, highlighted). There are not as many people stopping by my poster or oral presentation as before due to the pandemic, but the colleagues who attended my presentations did ask great questions and we had nice communications afterwards. These are all so valuable and important for improving my research perspectives.
Another big challenge but also a great opportunity and experience for me was to chair an AGU session: "The Dynamics of Magmatic Plumbing Systems". Even though the session was in the mid-afternoon of the last day (12/17, Friday), there were still 20-30 people on site, and over 30 people online. It was really a great experience to handle both online and onsite presentations and questions. There was also a heated discussion after the last talk, lasting over 30mins until the technicians "stopped" us.
So grateful for the meeting! Really unforgettable! Go gators!
Excited! My two submitted AGU abstracts (one for monazite petrochronology, one for olivine geochemistry) were both accepted. One is highlighted as an oral talk (olivine study) and one for poster (monazite study).
Can't wait to attend in-person meetings after one year and a half pandemic quarantine.
My oral presentation was successful! Super excited to share my new findings and discuss with colleagues. Looking forward to next year's meeting!
It was really exciting to attend this "tiny" but professional conference, with only ~100 attendee. The QMA stands for Quantitative MicroAnalysis. This conference (the-mas.org/events/topical-conferences/qma-2019/) was organized by the Microanalysis Society (MAS), hosted by University of Minnesota, taking place on June 24-27, 2019.
One of my figures in my submitted abstract was luckily selected as the cover of the program. Check this out!
I was awarded the MAS Early Career Scholar in this conference! And my travel cost was almost fully covered by the award I received. This conference has so many world-class microanalysis (EPMA, SEM, etc.) professors from USA, England, France, Germany, Australia, they gave awesome talks and I got a chance to talk to them (Michael Jercinovic, Julien Allaz, John Fournelle, Paul Carpenter, etc.) in person.
(Group photo of the Early Career Scholar. Too bad that I was not looking at the camera when the photo was taken!)
Now I got a chance to mark on the center part (sort of) in USA, Indiana! I had a poster presentation about my EPMA development work on monazite U-Th-Pb chemical dating and zircon/quartz Ti analysis. The work shows some promising progress but also some challenges that need to be overcome in the coming months.
This conference has turned out to be very successful! I got good feedbacks from international colleagues and also got a chance to network with the big names: Professor Bruce Watson and Daniele Cherniak!
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I am a geologist who loves the macro- and micro-world! I am always seeking connections in between!
Cover photo: A field trip to the Death Valley National Park. @ 2018.03