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GM Geomorphology Early Career Scientists

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European Geosciences Union

Division on Geomorphology

Early Career Scientists

Around half of all EGU General Assembly participants are Early Career Scientists (ECS). This vital part of the scientific community is what this website is devoted to. Through the ECS representatives you can have a voice across the EGU realm. On this website we keep you up to date and inform you about our goals and communication channels.




  1. Communication on Twitter, Facebook, the GM Blog
    EGU-related events, scientific highlights, job advertisements and so on. Anything you pass over to us gets forwarded to a broader audience. Given the size and popularity of geomorphology, we have a whopping 4000+ Twitter followers and 2000+ Facebook likes.
    Posting on this blog is open to anyone who’s willing to write down interesting content, and there is room to increase the frequency of blog posts, so you should not hesitate to contact the editors!
  2. Proposals for Great Debates, Short Courses and other non-scientific sessions. This year we were convening the following events:
    1. Fixed-term contracts: opportunity or exploitation? A round-table discussion with invited speakers sharing their opinions and providing suggestions on how to move forward or revise the career system.
    2. Meet the experts: Geomorphology. The ask and listen to an expert meeting, in a friendly atmosphere, where you can ask all your questions about how life in a successful scientific career looks like. This year’s expert was Prof. Ellen Wohl, 2017 recipient of the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal. She was talking about her first scientific writing experiences, her philosophy on scientific work, and sprinkling beaver puns probably more abundant than noticed by the audience.
  3. Organisation of Networking events. Still rusty from the online-only events, we are looking forward to keep you informed about social events especially for ECS. The general GM social event (aka a pub evening) at Mel's craft beer and diner was a great gathering to see many faces again in person.
  4. Union-wide discussions with other representatives. Every couple of months, ECS reps of all divisions gather online to discuss and act in working groups that cover topics such as (i) connectivity among divisions, (ii) the role of ECS, (iii) work-life balance, (iv) our vision of EGU, (v) increasing the weight of ECS within the union, (vi) improving definitions and customs of EGU in terms of Equality-Diversity-Inclusion.
  5. Involvement in decisions at division level. Aayush joins the discussions with our Division President (Kristen Cook) and the rest of the GM non-ECS committee, where decisions about session mergers and outstanding ECS awards are taken.

Who we are

Aayush Aayush Srivastava

Aayush is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews, with background in luminescence dating and aeolian geomorphology. Currently, he is investigating the terraced landscapes in the Mediterranean region in the context of establishing an environmentally sustainable land-use strategy for rural communities. Having benefitted from EGU’s annual meetings in the past, he aims to represent diverse voices of fellow young geomorphologists in the Division’s decision-making processes and activities. Follow him on Twitter (@aayushgeo) for recent updates about his work.

Danni Pearce

Danni is a glacial geomorphologist and lecturer at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.  Her research focuses on understanding the extent and dynamics of past and present ice masses, in the Arctic and pan-North Atlantic. My post-doctoral work investigated the Greenland Ice Sheet and reconstructing millennial-scale tidewater glacier behaviour. Having regularly attended EGU since 2012 she is looking forward to working with the GM ECS team. Twitter @danni__pearce


Gerald Raab

Gerald is a geomorphology driven geologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. In his research he uses geochronological and geochemical techniques to determine surface processes, mainly erosion and topographic evolution. He is looking very much forward to joining the GM-ECS Team and hopes that his support will serve the community well. Tweet him @gr_science


Romano Clementucci

Romano is a tectonic geomorphologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Roma TRE in Italy. His research addresses questions including how geomorphic systems record geological signals, such as tectonics, uplift and climate, and which are the main controlling factors on the development of topography in terrestrial and marine environments. He is very happy to join the GM Team and ready contribute to the EGU community.


Rachel P Oien

Rachel is a postdoc at the University at Buffalo, NY in palaeoglaciology. She focuses on alpine glaciology throughout the Quaternary, primarily based in Scandinavia and Greenland and is now expanding to Antarctica. Her PhD work investigated the relationship between geomorphic cirques and climate. She has attended EGU in 2018, 2020 and 2022. She is looking forward to being a part of the GM ECS team. Find her on twitter @rpassig1

Gerald Andrea Madella

Andrea is a tectonic geomorphologist at University of Tübingen, Germany. He works as a Postdoc on surface expressions of seaward-concave subduction zone geometry. Andrea has been enjoying and benefiting from the EGU annual meeting ever since 2013 and is very happy with the way things go in the union and now feels to be ready to get his hands dirty to work as GM ECS representative. He is looking forward to do his share with an open-minded and social spirit.


Edwin Baynes

Edwin is a lecturer in physical geography at Loughborough University in the UK, having recently been a postdoc in New Zealand and France. His research broadly covers understanding and quantifying the physical processes that drive changes in river morphology, including waterfall erosion, strath terrace formation and the impact of extreme flood events. He can usually be found in the analogue modelling laboratory, or exploring remote field sites in Iceland or New Zealand! Follow Edwin on twitter (@EdwinBaynes) for the latest updates on his work.


Eric Pohl

Eric is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He works on various aspects of cold region landscapes related to climate change and variability. A central point of his work is the numerical modeling of the hydrological cycle, and the heat transfer from the atmosphere into the ground in permafrost regions. Ultimately, he aims for a better understanding of climate-landscape interactions.

What we do

Channels of outreach