Carnegie Geochemist Anat Shahar Elected President-Elect of AGU’s SEDI Section

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

The Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) congratulates Staff Scientist Anat Shahar, who was recently elected to serve as President-Elect of the Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior (SEDI) section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU conducts elections every two years. These volunteer leaders commit themselves to advancing the mission, goals, and core values of AGU.

Rick Carlson, Director of the Earth and Planets Laboratory, congratulated Shahar, affirming, “Anat’s election to this position continues the long-running tradition of Carnegie scientists serving leadership roles in the AGU.  Her own scientific accomplishments and her deep involvement in the AGU research community make her the perfect person to lead SEDI in the next few years”

Members of SEDI are Earth and planetary scientists who study our planet’s interior (and other planetary bodies) that are otherwise impossible to study through direct sampling. The section ultimately aims to understand the origin, evolution, composition, and dynamics of the Earth’s interior.

As a pioneer in the world of high-pressure, high-temperature isotope geochemistry, Shahar is an excellent fit for the role. She performs geochemistry experiments on materials under the pressures and temperatures found at the center of our planet. Her work has ultimately helped build a better picture of how our planet formed. 

Shahar’s scientific expertise, extensive leadership experience in interdisciplinary planetary science initiatives, and enduring commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the scientific community will undoubtedly inform her tenure as the President-Elect of SEDI.

Shahar commented, “I am excited to take more of a leadership role within AGU—first as the President-Elect and then President of SEDI. Thank you to all of the researchers in this collaborative and innovative community who voted for me."

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