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Robert A. Berner Symposium

February 1, 2013

Franklin Institue Awards

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and The Franklin Institute will host:

The Robert A. Berner Symposium:
Biogeochemistry of Earth Processes

In honor of Dr. Robert Berner receiving the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science for deepening our understanding of the Earth system through studies of the chemistry of geologic processes and their influence on the atmosphere and oceans

Wednesday April 24, 2013 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm


The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Dr. Robert Aller, Stony Brook University
Dr. David Burdige, Old Dominion University
Dr. Steve Petsch, University of Massachusetts
Dr. Dana Royer, Wesleyan University
Dr. Robert A. Berner, Yale University

Symposium Schedule

0815 - 0900 Continental Breakfast
0900 - 0915 Introduction to Symposium - Dr. David Velinsky, Department Chair BEES
0915 - 0945 Shallow water carbonate dissolution: the role of seagrasses - Dr. David Burdige, Eminent Scholar
0945 - 1015 Diagenetic regimes and sedimentary biogeochemical cycling: ancient to modern - Dr. Robert Aller, Distinguished Professor
1015 - 1030 Coffee Break   
1030 - 1100 Rock Weathering as a Control on the Biogeochemical Cycles of Carbon and Oxygen - Dr. Steve Petsch, Associate Professor
1100 - 1130 Ancient CO2 and the long-term carbon cycle - Dr. Dana Royer, Associate Professor
1130 - 1215 Late  The Rise of Trees and their Effect on Late Paleozoic Climate and Evolution - Dr. Robert Berner, Professor Emeritus

Fore more information see
or contact Dr. David Velinsky (, 215-299-1147)
Please RSVP by April 20, 2013 to

Symposium Recognition Block