PAGES is pleased to announce the inaugural Early-Career Award (ECA) 2024 recipient is Dr. Oana Dumitru.
Oana is a carbonate geochemist and paleoclimatologist interested in reconstructing past sea-level changes across glacial-interglacial timescales. In her own words, Oana describes her goals as follows:
"By refining our understanding of past sea-level fluctuations, I aim to contribute to more precise projections for sea-level changes in the future. I am committed to seek creative projects and initiatives designed to expand access for those underrepresented in the Earth sciences. Only with a diverse workforce and everyone involved, will we be able to tackle the climate challenges that lie ahead.
Oana completed her first PhD in Environmental Science in Romania before heading to America where she completed her second PhD in Geology. She will be starting a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
The colleagues who nominated Oana for a PAGES ECA spoke very highly of not only her academic path and impressive publication record for the level of a post doc, including a including a high profile Nature paper on Pliocene sea level, which focused on cave speleothems in Mallorca, but also her exceptional teaching skills - whilst also being a pleasure to work with.
Amongst the many successful projects and leadership roles she has taken on throughout her career to date, Oana is also fully committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the field, and while at Lamont designed a project to engage and educate students who have not had traditionally equal access to opportunities in geochronology methods.
The PAGES 2024 Early-Career Award will be presented at PAGES' 7th Open Science Meeting (OSM) to be held in Shanghai, China in 2025. Oana will also present her work during the meeting.
Oana would like to express her gratitude for receiving the award. "I am honored to be the recipient of this award and grateful for this incredible recognition. I look forward to participate and share my work during the OSM meeting in Shanghai in 2025".
> Access Oana's Google Scholar page here
Below is a selective list of Oana's media and outreach coverage:
2022: LDEO Open House – Past sea level reconstruction using fossil corals
2022: Participation in the documentary series "Surviving Hothouse Earth" by ZDF and Arte (www.arte.tv)
2020: Pliocene sea level snapshots. Science Breaker, https://doi.org/10.25250/thescbr.brk354
2017-2019: Organizer of the Best of Karst events for Karst Research Group, USF