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Nora Noffke

Nora Noffke

Ocean & Earth Sciences

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  • Expertise

    Biofilms; Sedimentology; Paleontology
  • Research Interests

    Nora Noffke is a sedimentologist, who has fundamentally contributed to the scientific field of biofilms and microbial mats in clastic sedimentology. Her research is highly interdisciplinary combining sedimentology with microbiology, geochemistry, paleontology and mineralogy. Microbially induced sedimentary structures occur abundantly in modern aquatic environments, but can also be found in the fossil record. Examples in 3.48 billion year old rocks in the Pilbara, Australia, constitute some of the oldest biogenic structures in Earth history. Similar structures may be detected also in equivalent rocks on other terrestrial planets such as Mars. Of interest are also complex interactions between macroscopic organisms and biofilms and the structures such interaction leaves behind in sediments. Noffke has published more than a hundred scientific papers and edited 7 special issues and books. She has authored one textbook on her research field. Noffke serves as Chair of the Subcommission on Precambrian Stratigraphy of the International Stratigraphic Commission. She acts also as editor for the Treatise of Invertebrate Paleontology - Prokaryota. Together with John Stolz, Duquesne University, she has founded the Gordon Research Conference Geobiology.
  • 2020: College of Science Distinguished Teaching Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2014: AAAS Fellow, AAAS
  • 2010: Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geobiolology, GSA Division for Geobiology
  • 2007: Fellow of the Geological Society of America, Geological Society of America
  • 2007: James Lee Wilson Award for Marine Geology, Society for Sedimentary Geologists SEPM