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Barbara Sherwood Lollar – short biography

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Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, FRSC is a University Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto. She completed her studies at Harvard, Waterloo, and Cambridge in the United Kingdom before joining the University of Toronto in 1992. She is a CRC Tier I Chair in Isotopes of the Earth and Environment, Director of the Stable Isotope Laboratory, Senior Fellow of Massey College and President of the Geochemical Society. Sherwood Lollar has published extensively in research on stable isotope geochemistry to investigate groundwater remediation, to track the fate of carbon-bearing fluids and gases such as CO2, CH4 and H2 in ancient fracture waters in the Earth’s crust, and to investigate the role of deep subsurface microbial populations in carbon cycling. She has been a recipient of many academic awards (including the NGWA Darcy Lecturer, Steacie Fellowship, Canada Council Killam Fellow, and NSERC Accelerator Awards) and was selected in 2000 by Time Magazine Canada for their feature on ”Leaders for the 21st Century”.  

Most recently Sherwood Lollar was awarded the 2012 Geological Society of America Geomicrobiology and Geobiology Award, and the 2012 Eni Award for Protection of the Environment. The prestigious international Eni Awards recognize outstanding research in fields of energy and the environment. The Protection of the Environment award is presented for research and innovation in areas concerning the environmental impact of human activities, specifically protection and restoration of the environment, with a special focus on research and innovative technologies to eliminate pollutants and to improve environmental conditions. Past recipients include J. Craig Venter (2008); Gérard Férey (2009); Francois Morel of Princeton University (2010); Jean-Marie Tarascon (2011).  The awards are chosen by a 24 member scientific review panel and previous winners of the award include several Nobel Prize winners (see:  http://www.eni.com/eni-award/eng/home.shtml ).  The award was presented on June 2012 in Rome by the President of Italy, and the recognition includes a gold medal specially minted by the Italian state mint.