Patricia Dove, professor of geosciences in Virginia Tech's College of Science, has been named a 2008 Fellow in the American Geophysical Union. Dove was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of the geophysical sciences.

Dove and her research group study the biogeochemistry of earth processes. Their work is focused the interactions of minerals with waters and biomolecules in studies of biomineralization, skeletal formation, chemical weathering, and ocean chemistry. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, among others. Dove joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2000. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in geochemistry from Princeton University in 1991.

“I am both humbled and thrilled,” Dove said. “It is a wonderful recognition but is best described as a credit to the accomplishments of the students and the support of my department, college, and university.”

The American Geophysical Union is a worldwide scientific community that advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, the understanding of Earth and space for the benefit of humanity. The society has a membership of 50,000 researchers, teachers, and students. The designation of fellow is bestowed upon not more than 0.1 percent of all American Geophysical Union members in any given year.

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