Marine scientist Adina Paytan honored by Geochemical Society

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Adina Paytan

Adina Paytan, a research scientist in the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, will be honored as a Geochemical Fellow at the 2014 Goldschmidt Conference in Sacramento.

Since 1996, the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society have awarded the honorary title Geochemical Fellow to outstanding scientists who have made major contributions to the field of geochemistry. The 2014 Geochemical Fellows will be honored at the Goldschmidt Conference during a plenary session on Monday, June 9.

Paytan studies chemical and biological processes in the oceans, how they have changed over time, and how they are affected by human activities. Her research addresses a wide range of questions involving the global systems that affect ocean productivity, seawater chemistry, nutrient cycles, and water pollution. An over-arching goal of her lab's research is to link changes observed in the Earth and ocean systems to global changes in climate and tectonics, with an emphasis on human impacts.

Paytan is also dedicated to science education and outreach. She devotes time to develop and implement programs that enhance the process of learning science, expose students at all levels to the excitement of doing science, and introduce the relevance of science to real-world problems and current issues.