Assistant Professor of Geology, Geochemistry, and Geobiology, Tanja Bosak has been awarded a James B. Macelwane Medal in recognition of "significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding young scientist".
Tanja Bosak is the Cecil and Ida Green Assistant professor of Geobiology at MIT and directs the MIT Laboratory for Geomicrobiology and Microbial Sedimentology that investigates the co-evolution of life and the environment on early Earth. The research in her group integrates physiological and ecological studies of modern microbes with field and laboratory experiments in microbial sedimentology to develop a quantitative understanding of various morphological and geochemical biosignatures found in sedimentary rocks. Her laboratory also investigates microfossil records associated with some of the major climatic and geochemical oscillations in the Neoproterozoic. She will receive her award at the annual honors ceremony, which this year will be held on 7 December at the Fall Meeting in San Francisco.