Patricia Dove, professor of geosciences at Virginia Tech, has been elected a Geochemistry Fellow by the Geochemical Society and the European Association for Geochemistry. The title is bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry.

Dove and her research group in the College of Science 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.

“The Geochemical Society awards Fellow status for only the best of geoscientists,” said Kenneth Eriksson, professor and chair of the geosciences department. “Patricia is a member of this elite group of geoscientists as a result of her ground-breaking research in biochemistry of Earth processes.”

The Geochemical Society is a nonprofit scientific society founded to encourage the application of chemistry to the solution of geological and cosmological problems. Membership is international and diverse in background, encompassing such fields as organic geochemistry, high and low-temperature geochemistry, petrology, meteoritics, fluid-rock interaction, and isotope geochemistry.