2018 AGU Election Results
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AGU members have elected physical oceanographer Susan Lozier as the organization’s next president-elect, as well as 56 other Union officers, Board members, section officers, and student and early-career representatives to the AGU Council for the 2019–2020 leadership term.

In voting that ended on 25 September, Lozier, a distinguished professor at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in Durham, N.C., was chosen to serve a 2-year term as president-elect starting in 2019, after which she will become AGU president in 2021. A renowned oceanographer, Lozier leads an international research program on the ocean’s overturning circulation and has pioneered mentoring programs for early-career scientists, particularly women, in the geosciences.

Lozier and other newly elected leaders will take office on 1 January 2019, 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.

An accompanying Eos.org article by the AGU Leadership Development/Governance Committee, entitled “2018 AGU Election Statistics,” discusses the participation, timing, communications, and other details of this year’s election process.

Planning for the 2019–2020 Term

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.

Newly elected Board and Council members will start orienting to their roles in the next few weeks and will observe the December 2018 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 2019.

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. Watch for more information about how to volunteer in the weeks ahead.

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, who will begin their 2-year terms on 1 January 2019.

AGU Board of Directors

President-elect: Susan Lozier
General Secretary: Jana Davis
International Secretary: Carlos Nobre
Director, Position 1: Richard “Rick” Murray
Director, Position 2: Jill L. Karsten
Director, Position 3: Jenny Riker 

Council: Student and Early Career

Student, Position 1: Paige Martin
Student, Position 2:  Joshua R. Jones
Student, Position 3: Antonio Meira
Early Career, Position 1: Rosie L. Oakes

AGU Sections

Atmospheric and Space Electricity
President-elect: Morris Cohen
Secretary: Sonja A. Behnke 

Atmospheric Sciences
President-elect: Paul A. Newman
Secretary, Physics, Dynamics and Climate: Susan C. van den Heever

President-elect: Margaret S. Torn
Secretary: Jennifer Pett-Ridge

President-elect: Michele Koppes
Secretary: Peter Neff

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
President-elect: Gordon E. Grant

Earth and Space Science Informatics
President-elect: Jeff de La Beaujardière
Secretary: Sarah Ramdeen

President-elect: Anny Cazenave
Secretary: Jennifer Susan Haase

Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism
President-elect: France Lagroix
Secretary: Ioan Lascu

Global Environmental Change
President-elect: Julie Brigham-Grette
Secretary: Wenhong Li

President-elect: Ana Barros

Mineral and Rock Physics
President-elect: Sébastien Merkel
Secretary: Jin Zhang

Natural Hazards
President-elect: Dalia Kirschbaum
Secretary: Suzana J. Camargo

Near-Surface Geophysics
President-elect: Burke J. Minsley
Secretary: Kisa Mwakanyamale

Nonlinear Geophysics
President-elect: Juan M. Restrepo
Secretary: Raffaele Marino

Ocean Sciences
President-elect: Clare E. Reimers
Secretary, Biological Oceanography: Kendra Daly
Secretary, Physical Oceanography: Janet Sprintall

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
President-elect: Ingrid Hendy
Secretary: Branwen Williams

Planetary Sciences
President-elect: Michael Mischna
Secretary: David A. Williams

President-elect: Suzan van der Lee
Secretary: Heather DeShon

Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
President-elect: Julie Vano
Secretary: Maya K. Buchanan

Space Physics and Aeronomy
President-elect: Geoff Reeves
Secretary, Aeronomy: Romina Nikoukar
Secretary, Solar and Heliospheric Physics: Christina O. Lee

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior
President-elect: Kanani K. M. Lee
Secretary: Jessica Irving

President-elect: Jean-Philippe Avouac
Secretary: Suzanne Carbotte

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
President-elect: Dominique Weis
Secretary, Geochemistry: Matt Jackson
Secretary, Volcanology and Petrology: Christy Till

Continuing Board Members

As many new leaders join AGU’s governance structure on 1 January, others will continue in their current offices for 2019–2020 or assume new roles according to the succession rules specified in the AGU bylaws. Current president-elect Robin Bell will become AGU president and will chair the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Now AGU president Eric Davidson will become past president and serve as chair of the Leadership Development/Governance Committee.

AGU established a Board rotation strategy to ensure leadership continuity from term to term. The goal is to carry over about half of the elected positions. Those continuing for 2019–2020 will be President Bell and Past President Davidson; Board members Chris Ballentine, Lisa Graumlich, and Kerstin Lehnert; and Executive Director/CEO Chris McEntee. Four additional Board positions will be selected or reappointed by early next year: chair of the Development Board, vice chair of the Council, and two at-large members.

Continuing Council Leaders

As incoming president-elect, Susan Lozier will chair the AGU Council. A new Council Leadership Team will be elected by Council members after the first of the year to assist her in leading the Council. Bell and McEntee will remain as Council members to help ensure a smooth leadership transition. Also continuing to serve on the AGU Council will be early-career representatives Catalina Oaida and Tim van Emmerik, together with current section presidents-elect who move up to serve as presidents:

Maribeth Stolzenburg, Atmospheric and Space Electricity
James Hurrell, Atmospheric Sciences
Elise Pendall, Biogeosciences
Lora Koenig, Cryosphere
Dorothy Merritts, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
Denise Hills, Earth and Space Science Informatics
M. Meghan Miller, Geodesy
Catherine Johnson, Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism
Philip Mote, Global Environmental Change
Scott Tyler, Hydrology
Wenlu Zhu, Mineral and Rock Physics
Seth Stein, Natural Hazards
Xavier Comas, Near-Surface Geophysics
Sarah Tebbens, Nonlinear Geophysics
Bob Anderson, Ocean Sciences
Petra Dekens, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Sciences
Anne Sheehan, Seismology
Maggie Walser, Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Christina Cohen, Space Physics and Aeronomy
Scott King, Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior
Julia Morgan, Tectonophysics
Michael Manga, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology

The current leaders for the GeoHealth section will continue to serve on the AGU Council, and the newly appointed leaders for the Education section will join the Council immediately. These two new sections will elect leaders in the 2020 AGU election.

This is a great time to be involved in AGU as 2019 is AGU’s Centennial year and will offer people around the world new opportunities to engage with science.

Aubrey Miller, GeoHealth president
Claire Horwell, Geohealth president-elect
Mark Moldwin, Education president
Tanya Furman, Education president-elect

Joining these presidents and presidents-elect are

Ben Zaitchik, GeoHealth Secretary
Vincent Tong, Education Secretary

This is a great time to be involved in AGU as 2019 is AGU’s Centennial year and will offer people around the world new opportunities to engage with science. AGU continues to lead in many ways: making scientific data open and accessible, growing a diverse and inclusive workforce, accelerating the exchange of scientific knowledge, making a positive societal impact, evolving governance excellence and mission-aligned financial stewardship, practicing organizational adaptation, and renovating a headquarters building that lives our values.

Congratulations to these newly elected volunteer leaders and thanks to all members who volunteer their time and talents to AGU.

—Margaret Leinen (email: AGU_Governance@agu.org), Past President and Leadership Development/Governance Committee Chair, AGU


Leinen, M. (2018), Lozier to be AGU president-elect/AGU leadership transitions, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO107913. Published on 15 October 2018.

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