I am proud to have the honour to handle this issue of Geochemical Perspectives (GP) by Marilyn Fogel. She is the first female scientist writing a GP series, and I am happy that I managed to convince her to do so.

I am one of the lucky scientists who was ‘adopted’ into Marilyn’s ‘science family’ where you are assured support and backing in all scientific and life situations. Marilyn is not just an excellent mentor, but an outstanding role model. She taught me much of what I know about organic geochemistry and astrobiology, as well as what makes a good...

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