Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium

Artwork for SBS’18 (FSU) by Sam Walton

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The Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium, founded by Jen Glass in 2014, is a unique opportunity for students and post docs from the southeast to convene and present their latest research in an informal, supportive, and welcoming environment.
The 1.5-day weekend symposium is focused on promoting leadership in research and networking by the southeastern early career biogeochemistry community. Faculty are encouraged to attend with their research groups. Students and postdocs give all presentations, with the exception of the keynote address.
Registration is free and open to all fields related to biogeochemistry, including geobiology, ecology, environmental engineering, geochemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, geology, oceanography, and astrobiology.
The annual spring Symposium starts with a Friday night mixer, followed by a Saturday morning keynote address, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning talks and poster presentations, and a mid-Sunday awards ceremony with cash prizes for best graduate student talks and posters.
The primary sponsor is the Agouron Institute, with additional support provided by the host university and associated institutes.
SBS’14 was organized by GT grad students Keaton Belli, Jessica Moerman, Eryn Eitel, Emily Saad, and Jordon Beckler, and chaired by Jen Glass.
SBS’15 was organized by GT grad students Keaton Belli, Eryn Eitel, Amelia Longo, Will Overholt, Emily Saad, Melissa Warren, and Sarah Weber, and chaired by Jen Glass.
SBS’16 was organized by UTK grad students Jordan Bird, Joy Buongiorno, April Mitchell, and Hannah Woo and chaired by Karen Lloyd.
SBS’17 was organized by UGA grad students Frank Xavier Ferrer-Gonzalez, Maite Gahzaleh, Andy Montgomery Hilde Oliver, Mary Katherine Rogener, Ryan Sibert, and Jazon Westrich, and chaired by Mandy Joye.
SBS’18 was organized by FSU grad students Chelsea Bowman, Lauren Campbell, Thomas Kelly, Nur Ahmed, Kelly McCabe, and Rachel Petet, and chaired by Bill Landing.
SBS’19 was organized by USC grad students Brian Duggan, Jessica Frankle, Eilea Knotts, Kelly McCabe, Caitlyn Sarno, and Natalie Tyler, and co-chaired by Susan Lang and Lori Ziolkowski.
SBS’20 (virtual) was organized by GT grad students Erin Castorina, Abigail Johnson, Drake Lee-Patterson, Pan Liu, and Tianze Song, and chaired by Jen Glass.
SBS’21 (virtual) was organized by UTK grad students Sarina Mitchell, Jake Shaffer, Lovell Smith, Caleb Schuler, Elise Phillips, and Bruce Boles, and chaired by Jill Mikucki.
SBS’22 was organized by GSU grad students Henry Dunlap, Lisa Duong, Gabriel Goldner, Lauren Hughes, and Frances Muchemi, and co-chaired by Daniel Gebregiorgis and Nadine Kabengi.
SBS’23 was organized by USC grad students/postdocs Archana Venkatachari, Darcy Perin, Madeleine Thompson, Meryssa Piper, Gabriel de Souza Franco, and chaired by Annie Bourbonnais.
SBS’24 was organized by GSU graduate students Parris Maguire, Charlotte Annan, Isaac Gemedi, Victoria Clegg, and Morgan Kerpics, and co-chaired by Daniel Gebregiorgis and Nadine Kabengi.
Please contact Jen Glass ( if your university is interested in hosting future SBS symposia.


William (Bill) Schlesinger, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (2014)
Ann Pearson, Harvard University (2015)
Samantha (Mandy) Joye, University of Georgia (2016)
Jenn Macalady, Pennsylvania State University (2017)
Susan Lang, University of South Carolina (2018)
Jennifer Glass, Georgia Institute of Technology (2019)
Karen Lloyd, University of Tennessee Knoxville (2020)
Rika Anderson, Carleton College (2021)
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, UC Merced/DOE and Aradhna Tripati, UCLA (2022)
Carol Arnosti, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2023)
Satish Myneni, Princeton University (2024)