Eric Oelkers receives the Urey Award


Eric Oelkers, co-director of the CarbFix project, has received this year's Urey Award.

The Urey Award is bestowed annually by the society for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career. The award is based solely on scientific merit and is presented at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference.

Eric was born in New York City before moving to Boston to attend MIT to pursue an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Earth Science. Cured of a life in pure chemistry by a summer internship he moved to California to attend Berkeley for his PhD in Geochemistry. Following his degrees, Eric moved to Toulouse France.

He is currently the CNRS Research Director at the GET Laboratory in Toulouse, France, a Professor at the University College London, UK and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland. He is also co-editor of Geochemical Perspective Letters. Eric's research focuses on developing the fundamental geochemical basis for sustainable growth and managing the Earth.

He has previously served as President of the European Association for Geochemistry, director of the Geochemical Society, co-editor in Chief of Chemical Geology, associate editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, and guest editor of Elements. Eric has made substantial contributions to the understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of water-rock interactions.

Congratulations Eric!