Gu elected fellow of Geological Society

guBaohua Gu, a distinguished senior scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Gu, who earned a doctorate in environmental chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, holds a joint appointment as a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research areas include biogeochemical transformation and transport of environmental pollutants, soil carbon–mineral interfacial interactions, spectroscopic studies and environmental applications.

Fellows of the Geological Society are chosen based on their contributions to the geosciences. Gu was cited for his “seminal work on elucidating key molecular-scale mechanisms that govern biogeochemical cycling of contaminants, trace metals, and natural organic matter [that] have made significant contributions to our understanding of soil organic and metal cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and contaminated sites.”

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