RON MCDOWELL Student Support

February 29th: Deadline for RON MCDOWELL Student Support application

Each year, four to six students are supported by GEOHAB to attend the GEOHAB Conference. This support is in the form of a small stipend to cover the costs of travel and living expenses while attending the conference. Each recipient of the stipend is expected to give an oral presentation at the conference. Conference registration and conference dinner fees are included as part of the support.

As in the past, some priority will be given to students who are attending universities or colleges in the region of the previous conference. GEOHAB 2019 was held in St Petersburg, Russia. Other students studying elsewhere are also eligible. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The objective of GEOHAB’s student support is to expose students interested in marine benthic geological and biological mapping and marine benthic habitat characterization to the community of seafloor mappers and other scientists actively investigating seafloor morphology and substrate associated with ecosystems. Those applying for this support are encouraged to become an active member of GEOHAB and to support the organization in the future.

To apply a student should be actively enrolled as a final-year undergraduate majoring in marine science or a graduate student studying for a Masters or PhD degree in the marine sciences or associated field. An abstract of the talk to be presented at the conference needs to be included in the application as well as a short CV (max 2 pages) and a short description of why you want to attend the conference and what you would expect to obtain from your attendance. Instructions to applicants can be found at the official GEOHAB site on the Student Awards page. Please indicate the school you are attending and your major. In addition to your 4 page application, a letter of recommendation from your advisor is desirable, but not necessary.

You will need to include a cost for your airfare (as determined by the availability of low-cost economy fares for travel to Venice, Italy, in mid May 2020) and other expenses you expect to accrue, such as accommodation cost in Venice for the duration of the conference (including the workshop, but excluding the field trip).

Please submit your application to Daria Ryabchuk, A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute | VSEGEI ยท Marine and Environmental Geology, Russia, via e-mail ( and in CC to and by February 29h 2020.

Your application will be reviewed by the GEOHAB Student Ranking Committee and evaluated on the quality of your abstract, your statement of interest and the cost of travel. Notification will be given by the end of March 2020.


Daria Ryabchuk – Chair (A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute, Russia)
Peter Harris (GRID Arendal, Norway)
Gary Greene (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, USA)
Federica Foglini – (CNR-ISMAR Bologna, Italy)
Anu Kaskela – (Geological Survey of Finland)
Tim Le Bas – (National Oceanography Centre, UK)