Suzanne A. McEnroe

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism




Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

John Adam Fleming Award Committee, AGU (2018-2019); Dana Medal Committee, Mineralogical Society of America (2016-2017); associate editor for Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Geosystems (2013-2015); advisory board for the Institute of Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota (2010-2014); advisory board for Ivar Giæver Geomagnetic Laboratory, University of Oslo, Norway; advisory board for the Deep Research School, University of Oslo, Norway; Norges Tekniske Vitenskapsakademi Program Committee (2016-2017)


Council members play critical roles as communication conduits among AGU members and leaders. How will you engage with members of your section to advance AGU’s new strategic plan? How might you facilitate engagement with other sections and people outside AGU to support our mission?

The Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism (GPE) section of AGU is highly interdisciplinary, and our science crosses over to many other sections at AGU. Though our section is small, it is diverse and represents a well-connected international group of scientists; we must aim to improve our role in promoting diversity in our section and at AGU. Usually the GPE reception at the AGU meeting serves as an excellent arena to present AGU strategic plans, mission, vision and goals. This year we will miss this opportunity to connect and network at the AGU meeting. Though the corona virus has posed new challenges for meetings and networking, new formats are developing. Online seminars within the section are making sharing science possible in these difficult times, and the GPE Facebook page and blogs help keep us up to date. One challenge is how to develop networking opportunities for Ph.D. and postdocs in an environment that limits travel to large meetings such as AGU. With less networking we should strengthen our mentoring program and try to create opportunities for virtual workshops on timely topics so that new skills can be learned and students have the opportunity to present their work. The importance of communicating science to the general public in a nonpolitical manner where the science is accepted and invokes curiosity is a challenge for all of us. We must aim to incorporate these skills in our science training and include pubic outreach. We can aim to develop section workshops on these skills and scientific topics.

Section affiliations:

Geodesy; Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism; Mineral and Rock Physics; Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrolog