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From the founding idea of a handful of Limnogeologists in 1993, spurred on the by the strides being made by lake drilling programs at the time, the International Association of Limnogeology had its first international conference in Copenhagen in 1995 and was finally incorporated as an association by its third international conference in 2003 in Tucson, USA.



IAL links those who study lake basins, both modern and ancient. Limnogeology is a young geoscience with a unique and valuable place among frontier research topics. Limnogeology will maintain such an exciting and prominent position because the discipline provides information needed for many high priority fields, such as paleoclimate and paleohhydrology, environmental protection and water resource assessments, as well as forming a basis for future climate modeling.


International Limnogeology Congress

A meeting of the association has been held every four years since 1995, and will continue with expanded symposia that bring together IAL and the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA).


Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch

The association was led by Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch from its formation until her death in May 2016, and the solid foundation that Beth began is being continued by the current Board of Directors. As Beth stated, lake basins are dynamic systems that respond to environmental interactions that are recorded in the basin sediments. This is the guiding theme of the IAL. A tribute to Beth and her great work can be found here.

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Michael R. Rosen

Our friend and colleague Michael Rosen, Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Limnogeology (IAL), passed away on April 27, 2021 from complications after surgery related to pancreatic cancer.  He was a steady captain of the IAL since its foundation. A geologist enamored of lakes, a musician, and a knowledgeable birder, he was always ready to help the lake community stay connected and move forward together. We will be celebrating his life and his science during the next IAL-IPA conference in Bariloche, Argentina in 2022. 

The Michael R. Rosen Research Award in Limnogeology has been set up to support graduate student research in the field of limnogeology. If you would like to donate, please visit the fund’s GSA Foundation page.

The IAL: Research
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