From the founding idea of a handful of Limnogeologists in 1993, spurred on the by the strides being made by lake drilling programs at the time, the International Association of Limnogeology (IAL) had its first international conference in Copenhagen in 1995 and was finally incorporated as an association by its 3rd international conference in 2003 in Tucson, USA. The association was led by its remarkable Chair Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch from its formation until her death in May 2016. A tribute to Beth and all her great work can be found at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10933-016-9915-1. Beth is sorely missed, but the solid foundation that Beth began is being continued by the current Board of Directors. As Beth stated, lake basins are dynamic systems that respond to environmental interactions that are recorded in the basin sediments. This is the guiding theme of the IAL. IAL links those who realize that the study of lake basins, both modern and ancient, is important and topical. Limnogeology is a young geoscience with a unique and valuable place among frontier research topics. Limnogeology will maintain such an exciting and prominent position well into this century because the discipline provides information needed for many high priority fields such as paleoclimate, and paleohhydrology, resources exploration (oil and gas as well as minerals and brines), environmental protection and water resource assessments, as well as forming a basis for future climate modeling. The IAL has had meeting every four years since 1995, and will continue with an expanded meeting in June 2018 that will bring together IAL and the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) for the first time in Stockholm, Sweden. Details about this upcoming meeting will be posted here as well as on the IPA webpages.
IAL was founded by Beth Gierlowski-Kordesch
Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch led IAL from its formation until her death in May 2016. A tribute to Beth and all her great work can be found at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10933-016-9915-1.
Who We Are
The current board of the IAL is:
Chair: Michael R. Rosen, USA
Vice-Chair: Daniel Ariztegui, Switzerland
Treasurer/secretary: Blas Valero-Garcés, Spain
Kevin Bohacs, USA
Lluis Cabrera, Spain
Andy Cohen, USA
Melanie Leng, United Kingdom
Adriana Mancuso, Argentina
Julieta Massaferro, Argentina
Michael Smith, USA
Antje Schwalb, Germany
Jenni Scott, Canada
International Limnogeology Congress
The IAL has had a meeting every four years since 1995, and will continue with an expanded meeting in 2018 that will bring together IAL and the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) for the first time in Sweden. Details about this upcoming meeting will be posted here as well as on the IPA webpages.
International Paleolimnology Association
Constitution -- International Paleolimnology Association (IPA)
The function of the Association will be to promote the interests of paleolimnology globally by a variety of activities, including, but not restricted to:
(i) holding regular (currently every three years) international conferences;
(ii) providing an effective means of communication among paleolimnologists and other scientists and users of paleolimnological information in the form of a web page, the listservice titled the Paleolimnology Forum, and other communication media;
(iii) providing other general support and coordination to the international paleolimnological community (such as exploring ways to assist scientists from countries with currency exchange problems to attend conferences and workshops).
Facilitating the success of the International Paleolimnology Symposia will constitute the main activity associated with the IPA. Although the organization, local arrangements, and financial accounting of the international symposia will rest fully with the local organizers, the IPA will assist in providing coordination between different symposia and ensuring that viable host candidates will be available for future symposia. The IPA Executive Board will solicit and screen proposals for symposia that will be put to a vote at the conference.
The goals of the association are also linked with the goals of the main publication vehicle for paleolimnologists, the Journal of Paleolimnology (currently published by Springer). As the Journal of Paleolimnology is a privately owned journal, the link with the association will be indirect. Nonetheless, the goals of the journal will continue to serve the overall goals of the association as a scholarly publication dedicated to paleolimnology. For example, it is anticipated that Springer will continue to offer much discounted personal subscription rates for members of the association. However, many other journals and other publication media are also available to paleolimnologists, and the association will encourage the development and growth of all high quality publications that serve their members’ needs.
Additional activities and goals of the IPA will be to provide a more formal link to other societies, provide a more structured link to global programs, and facilitate opportunities for strategic thinking and planning. Other activities may include other association functions, such as award sponsorship and various types of publication and education services.