Best Article Prizes 2016 GFF


GFF is Scandinavia’s leading Earth Science Journal. To celebrate the achievements of the authors contributing research articles to GFF, the editorial team and the board of the Geological Society of Sweden award prizes for the best papers published in the journal each year.

For 2016, the prizes were awarded to the three scientists listed below. The winning papers will be free to access until the end of June 2018.

Henrik Swärd of Stockholm University for the best paper by a PhD student for the paper “Regional deglaciation and postglacial lake development as reflected in a 74 m sedimentary record from Lake Vättern, southern Sweden”.

“…Few papers in the last decade have been more important than that by Swärd et al. (2016) to explain a riddle concerning the development of the Baltic ice lake during the end of the last ice age. Based on a detailed sedimentological and geochemical analysis of a new drill core from lake Vättern, Swärd et al. (2016) provide strong support to the hypothesis that the Baltic ice lake had an early drainage during the Alleröd.” – Christian Skovsted (Editor, GFF).

Alexander Bartels of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) for the paper “Mesoproterozoic dykes in the Timmiarmiit area, Southeast Greenland: evidence for a continuous Gardar dyke swarm across Greenland’s North Atlantic Craton”.

“…A comprehensive and well documented study of Mesoproterozoic mafic dykes in Greenland. It includes field work, sampling, geochemical analysing and geochronological determinations. Petrogenetic aspects, correlation of dykes outcropping on either sides the Greenland ice sheet and possible tectonic context are discussed.” – Christian Skovsted (Editor, GFF).

Heda Agić of University of California, Santa Barbara (formerly Uppsala University) for the paper “Reproductive cyst and operculum formation in the Cambrian–Ordovician galeate-plexus microfossils”.

“…A well written description of galeate acritarches from the Ordovician of Estonia, with a detailed analysis of fine morphological structures, functional morphology and comparison to modern algae. The paper includes thought-provoking discussions on the species concept in acritarch studies and ecophenotypic variation in the galeate plexus as well as a discussion on the possible biological affinity of galeates with modern dasycladacean algae based on similarities in excystment structures.” – Christian Skovsted (Editor, GFF).