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New GSA Fellows

Elected by Council april 2013

Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities. [ learn more ]

GSA's newly elected Fellows will be recognized at the 2013 GSA Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Monday, 28 Oct., at the Colorado Convention Center.


Stanley M. Awramik (University of California, Santa Barbara): Awramik is an internationally known leader in the subject of pre-Phanerozoic life and the microbial fossil record, with more than 100 publications spanning over 40 years. Specifically, he is most known for his work on stromatolites and microfossils: His work is highly regarded and widely cited in the literature. He has edited many key volumes for the geologic community, as well as organized international symposia.
—Frank A. Corsetti

John Karl Böhlke (USGS, Reston): Böhlke was nominated for his insights into sources, transport, and reaction of inorganic chemicals in groundwater and surface water. Applying a broad range of experimental and novel analytical tools, he provided new understanding of processes affecting fate of nitrate and other chemicals from the site to the regional scale.
—Isabelle M. Cozzarelli

Wendy A. Bohrson (Central Washington University): Bohrson is worthy of Fellowship in the Geological Society of America owing to her outstanding contribution to geology and petrology in research and published works, as well as owing to her tremendous service through editorial work, professional service, and teaching and advising of geology students.
—Anita L. Grunder

Thomas M. Brocher (USGS, Menlo Park): Brocher has been at the forefront in the use of seismic methods to study evolution and tectonic deformation of both continental and oceanic crust. His work highlights how processes that mold the western margins of the North American Cordillera contribute to our understanding and assessment of seismic hazard.
—David Okaya

Bernardo Cesare (University of Padua): Cesare is the recognized authority on describing and interpreting fluid inclusions in high-grade metamorphic rocks, from aqueous-carbonic compositions to melt compositions, including his discovery of nanogranites. He is a dedicated teacher and mentor and has organized a very successful, continuing program of specialized earth science short courses in Italy.
—Lincoln S. Hollister

I-Ming Chou (USGS, Reston): Chou was nominated due to his excellent designs of high-P optical cells for hydrothermal experiments, development of experimental techniques for redox or humidity control, and research in thermodynamics for minerals and fluids. He has trained scholars, served in scientific organizations, chaired an Overseas Chinese Earth Science organization, and promoted scientific exchanges.
—Juhn G. Liou

Rónadh Cox (Williams College): Cox has had an exceptional and productive career. Her research spans multiple topics, from sedimentology, geomorphology, and geochronology to planetary geology, and yields results that resonate with both the academic community and the public. Her role as a mentor to students, international and national, is exemplary. —Sandra J. Wyld

Robert V. Demicco (Binghamton University): Demicco was nominated for significant contributions in geologic research, especially in carbonate sedimentology, Phanerozoic ocean geochemistry, and the application of fuzzy logic in the geological sciences, for the training of many undergraduate and graduate students, and for the administration of the geological program at Binghamton University for many years.
—Elizabeth H. Gierlowski-Kordesch

Gerald Dickens (Rice University): Dickens was nominated for his transformative contributions to the fields of paleoclimate, paleo-oceanography, and earth systems science. His work on the importance of methane clathrates in driving carbon isotopic excursions and warming has changed our understanding of the exogenic carbon cycles.
—Cin-Ty A. Lee

Stephen K. Donovan (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands): Donovan is a leading expert in the study of crinoids and Caribbean paleontology. He has published more than 450 papers on these and other topics. In addition, he has edited or co-edited 18 volumes and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals.
—William I. Ausich

John M. Eiler (California Institute of Technology): elected to Fellowship as the 2012 Day Medal recipient.

James E. Faulds (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology): Faulds is recognized for fundamental work on the tectonics and structural geology of the Basin and Range province. An accomplished mapper, Faulds has integrated detailed geologic mapping into nearly all his work, which has had direct applications to earthquake hazards, industrial minerals, metallic ore deposits, and geothermal resources.
—Jonathan G. Price

Carl W. Gable (Los Alamos National Laboratory): Gable was nominated for his seminal contributions to computational geosciences, through his research in 3-D mantle convection, geodynamics, fluid flow in porous and fractured media, and computational mesh generation for geological applications.
—Barbara L. Dutrow

Luis Gonzalez (University of Kansas, Dept. of Geology): Gonzalez has a strong and consistent record of scholarly publication and training of students in the geosciences. He is particularly distinguished by his abiding and genuine concern for colleagues, and especially by his role as role model and mentor for minority students.
—Rex C. Buchanan

Dennis L. Harry (Colorado State University): Harry has made significant contributions to the understanding of continental rifting, passive margin formation, and the opening of the Gulf of Mexico.
—Kevin Lee Mickus

Ralph P. Harvey (Case Western Reserve University): Harvey has ably directed the U.S. Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program for more than two decades, ensuring a resource essential to planetary geosciences. His own research on meteorite petrology, meteorite concentration mechanisms, the history of polar ice sheets, cryogenic weathering, and biologic activity has significantly advanced the discipline.
—Harry Y. McSween

Benjamin P. Horton (University of Pennsylvania): Horton deserves recognition for (1) being an exceptionally thoughtful and prolific researcher in applying micropaleontology, sedimentology, and dating to understanding Holocene sea-level and land-level changes on tectonically active as well as passive coasts; and (2) for developing, with impressive speed, a high-impact, societally relevant, sea-level research program with global reach.
—Alan R. Nelson

Qinhong Hu (University of Texas at Arlington): Hu was nominated for fellowship for his outstanding contributions to understanding of fluid flow and mass transport processes in porous and fractured media, and to development of innovative techniques for pore structure (both geometry and topology) characterization in tight rock formations.
—Chunmiao Zheng

Warren D. Huff (University of Cincinnati): Huff was nominated for his research contributions to the study of K-bentonites and their significance in the stratigraphic record, most notably for their use in defining stratigraphic timelines and gauging the size and frequency of explosive volcanism throughout Earth’s history.
—Lewis A. Owen

Katharine W. Huntington (University of Washington): elected to Fellowship as the 2012 Donath Medal recipient.

Stephen T. Johnston (University of Victoria): Johnston is nominated for his provocative and innovative research, which has recognized a new class of mountain belts, as well as his sterling geo-citizenry as demonstrated by his ongoing commitment to professional organizations, editorial duties, outreach, and the education of his students.
—Brendan Murphy

Michael S. Kelley (NASA): Kelley has a long list of service to the public and the GSA. His activities as a discipline scientist in NASA’s Planetary Science Division have advanced the research of many investigators. He also made significant contributions to understanding asteroids and the early history of the inner solar system.
—Michael J. Gaffey

Shari A. Kelley (New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources): Kelley was nominated for her application of fission-track thermochronology to solution of geologic problems along the Rio Grande rift and southern Rocky Mountains. By sharing her data, she has aided projects from tectonics to quadrangle mapping. She has authored or coauthored 50 papers and 27 quadrangles while also teaching and directing theses.
—Charles E. Chapin

Harvey M. Kelsey (Humboldt State University): In a career spanning more than 30 years, Kelsey has used field investi-gations of coastal environments to make important contri-butions to our understanding of the history and processes of great subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis in Cascadia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Japan.
—Ray E. Wells

Ed Landing (New York State Museum, Albany): New York State Paleontologist Ed Landing is nominated for his decades of meticulous research on Avalonian biostratigraphy, litho-stratigraphy, and paleontology as well as his involvement in establishing global stratigraphic standards for the Cambrian and Cambrian-Ordovician boundary.
—John W. Geissman

Denis R. LeBlanc (U.S. Geological Survey, Northborough): LeBlanc has made fundamental contributions to hydrogeology and contaminant transport through his sustained study of a vertically complex contaminant plume. His innovation of creating and maintaining a field test site that has been host to hundreds of investigators and produced numerous graduate theses has profoundly advanced scientific hydrogeology.
—Janet S. Herman

William P. Leeman (National Science Foundation): Leeman was nominated for his extensive and significant contributions to the scientific literature in petrology and geochemistry, his key role in strengthening the petrology/geochemistry community in the U.S. through his work at NSF, and his active engagement with numerous professional organizations (MARGINS, GSA, MSA, IAVCEI).
—Diane R. Smith

Eric M. Leonard (Colorado College): Leonard has distinguished himself in the fields of Quaternary and glacial geology, geomorphology, and tectonics over the past three decades. But, more important, Eric has been the quintessential mentor of undergraduate geology students at Colorado College and elsewhere, with eight of his former mentees now college or university professors.
—P. Thompson Davis

Tim K. Lowenstein (Binghamton University): elected to Fellowship as the Limnogeology Division’s 2012 I.C. Russell Award recipient.

Joyce Lundberg (Carleton University): Lundberg was nominated for sustained and significant contributions to the understanding of paleoclimate, landscape processes, and speleothem chronologies, and for exceptional education of undergraduates.
—Ira D. Sasowsky

Francis Magilligan (Dartmouth College): Magilligan merits Fellow status based on geologic and applied research. Magilligan has (co)authored 52 peer-reviewed publications that span basic and applied fluvial geomorphology, with a focus on flood hydrology, watershed response to climate change, human impacts on watersheds, river restoration, and sediment dynamics.
—Ellen Wohl

David H. Malone (Illinois State University): Malone is nominated for his outstanding mentorship of young geologists in the art and science of geologic field work and mapping and
for his administration of the geology program and field camp. He is the chair of the Illinois Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee.
—Robert S. Nelson

Robert J. McLaughlin (U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park): McLaughlin was nominated for using and defining fundamental principles of geology and tectonics to illuminate the inner workings of a highly complex plate boundary zone, the northern San Andreas fault system. This work has led to fundamental insights into the mechanics and temporal evolution of plate boundary faulting, deformation, and hazards.
—Tom Parsons

Andrew J. Meigs (Oregon State University): Meigs’ generous contribution of thoughtfulness and time to sustain a university and professional organization and his research on the interplay of rock uplift, erosion, and climate change, started well before this research was identified as a transformative science, are deserving of recognition as GSA Fellow.
—Jeffrey Lee

William N. Mode (University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh): Mode has distinguished himself through his many outstanding contributions to geology, especially in the realms of teaching excellence, a long-term administration of a department, and in the accreditation of professional geologists. His research on Quaternary geology concentrates on the Arctic and in mapping landforms and sediments in Wisconsin.
—John T. Andrews

Michael A. Murphy (University of Houston): Although Murphy is perhaps the only prominent Filipino-American in GSA, his scientific contribution is disproportional. His work has revolutionized the studies of the Himalayan-Tibetan tectonics. As a survivor of two recent brain-cancer surgeries, he inspires colleagues and students to pursue geology with passion and optimism.
—An Yin

Shinya Nakamura (University of the Ryukyus, Japan): elected to Fellowship as the Environmental & Engineering Division’s 2012 E.B. Burwell Award recipient.

Lisa Norby (National Park Service, Denver): elected to Fellowship as the 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Karl F. Nordstrom (Rutgers): Nordstrom has helped create and define the discipline of coastal geology that examines the effects of humans on coastal processes and environments. From his work on the geology of low-energy beaches to his classic books on developed coasts and dunes, Nordstrom has been a prolific author and pioneering investigator.
—Joseph T. Kelley

Randall C. Orndorff (USGS, Reston): Orndorff is Director of the Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center of the USGS; Secretary General, N. and Cent. Am. Sections of the Geologic Map of the World; Chair, USGS Geologic Names Committee; a NACSN Commissioner and former NACSN Chair; and has expertise in bio- and lithostratigraphy, structural mapping, and karst geology.
—Norman P. Lasca Jr.

Brent E. Owens (College of William & Mary): Owens is an exceptionally strong and creative teacher who has influenced generations of students. He has also excelled in mentoring undergraduate research students, many of whom have presented their research at GSA meetings. He is a noted textbook author who also works with K–12 teachers and students.
—Heather Macdonald

David L. Parkhurst (USGS, Denver): elected to Fellowship as the Hydrogeology Division’s 2012 O.E. Meinzer Award recipient.

Eric W. Peterson (Illinois State University): Peterson is a distinguished researcher, teacher, and leader in hydrogeology. He has published extensively on karst hydrology and surface-groundwater interactions, taught courses at introductory, majors, and graduate levels at Illinois State University, advised scores of graduate students, and provided leadership for his university and the GSA Hydrogeology Division.
—Madeline E. Schreiber

Mantha S. Phanikumar (Michigan State University): Phanikumar has made outstanding original contributions to hydrogeology and limnogeology by developing novel, mechanistic models of contaminant fate and transport in different hydrologic domains and applying them to problems of high societal relevance. This nomination recognizes the quality of his work as evidenced by his publications in top journals.
—David T. Long

Roger A. Pielke Jr. (University of Colorado): elected to Fellowship as the 2012 Public Service Award recipient.

John P. Platt (University of Southern California): Platt was nominated for GSA Fellowship based on seminal contributions to structural geology, tectonics, and geodynamics, including key papers on exhumation of high-pressure metamorphic rocks, extensional orogenic collapse, ductile structures in shear zones, oroclinal evolution, subduction initiation, and lithospheric removal beneath mountain belts.
—John Wakabayashi

Roy E. Plotnick (University of Illinois at Chicago): Plotnick has made substantial contributions across a range of topics in paleontology and stratigraphy. He developed improved methods for stratigraphic model-data comparison, pioneering the use of fractal approaches and lacunarity analysis; discovered the earliest definitive fossil insect ears; and challenged the existing orthodoxies with novel interpretations of trace fossils.
 —Neil C. Sturchio

Charles C. Plummer (California State University, Sacramento): Plummer’s distinguished 33-year career and his extensively adopted textbooks, including internationally, make him a leader in university-level, general earth-science education. His 1975 textbook Physical Geology (Wm. C. Brown, McGraw-Hill), now in its 14th edition, has had exceptionally wide usage.
—Arthur B. Ford

Dallas D. Rhodes (Kennesaw State University): Rhodes has provided 20 years of visionary leadership as chair of two geology departments and as an advisor to many others. He has influenced the lives of students and faculty through his academic leadership, his teaching, and his research on the interaction of tectonics and geomorphology.
—Ramon Arrowsmith

Nancy R. Riggs (Northern Arizona University): Riggs has been an exemplary geological educator, with an enviable record of student engagement and mentoring and a commitment to diversity. She is a recognized leader in her research area and has served her professional community through leadership in editorial activities and active memberships in professional societies.
—Shanaka L. de Silva

Uwe Ring (Stockholm University): Ring was nominated for his long and distinguished research contributions to resolving the tectonic evolution of Greece and Turkey and the Franciscan of California. Ring has also organized two very successful Penrose Conferences on exhumation processes.
—Mark T. Brandon

Jason B. Saleeby (California Institute of Technology): elected to Fellowship as the MGPV Division’s 2012 Distinguished Geologic Career Award recipient.

Randall J. Schaetzl (Michigan State University): Dr. Schaetzl is known for his careful study of soils and Quaternary issues, most notably in the Great Lakes, Michigan, Wisconsin, and bordering regions. Of his two books, the one on Soil Genesis and Geomorphology is outstanding. He has also produced chapters for seven other books and 81 peer-reviewed publications.
—Donald L. Johnson

Peter H. Schultz (Brown University): elected to Fellowship
as the Planetary Geology Division’s 2012 G.K. Gilbert Award recipient.

Wayne C. Shanks III (U.S. Geological Survey, Denver): Shanks was nominated in recognition of his outstanding and innovative career contributions and leadership in the study of stable isotopes, economic ore deposits, and hydrothermal systems during his 35-year career in academia and the U.S. Geological Survey.
—Stephen S. Harlan

Carol A. Stein (University of Illinois at Chicago): Stein is a world leader in integrating marine heat flow and other geophysical data to explore oceanic lithosphere thermal structure, hydrothermal circulation in the sea floor, and other important topics in marine tectonics. Her work provides synoptic insight into first-order lithospheric-scale processes and Earth’s thermal budget.
—Stephen Marshak

Paul J. Sylvester (Memorial University of Newfoundland): Sylvester has made fundamental contributions to a wide variety of important scientific questions in the earth sciences, including the origin and evolution of Earth’s crust, petrogenesis of post-collisional granites, precious metal geochemistry, and the development and application of laser-ablation ICP-MS to chemical and isotopic analysis of rocks and minerals.
—Mohamed I. Sultan

Berry H. Tew Jr. (Geological Survey of Alabama): Tew has served the geologic profession for more than 30 years in academia (University of Alabama), the private sector (Cities Services Oil & Gas Company), and state government (Geological Survey of Alabama). He was president of the Association of American State Geologists and is president-elect of the American Geosciences Institute. —James M. Robertson

Marta E. Torres (Oregon State University): This nomination is in recognition of Torres’ seminal contribution to the study of convergent and transform margins, utilizing geochemistry as a tool for discerning fluid flow, authigenic mineral formation, gas hydrate processes, and global geochemical fluxes.
 —Charles G. Wheat

Robert J. Varga (Pomona College): Varga’s research in ophiolites and oceanic crust constitutes a unique family of highly original contributions to understanding seafloor spreading processes. His studies of sheeted dike units have revealed a rich diversity of structures and processes through detailed, field-based observations and analyses that characterize his work.
—Jeffrey A. Karson

Gregory J. Walsh (U.S. Geological Survey, Montpelier): Walsh’s papers and maps on the bedrock geology of most New England states span the Appalachian origin, from Laurentia through several peri-Gondwanan terranes to Avalonia, and have advanced our understanding of the complex tectonic history. He is a pioneer in digital geologic mapping and in GIS techniques.
—Douglas W. Rankin

Arlo B. Weil (Bryn Mawr College): Weil is internationally recognized for his data-rich and comprehensive studies of fold-thrust belts, including those of Variscan Europe and the North American Cordillera.
—Robert F. Butler

Steven J. Whitmeyer (James Madison University): Whitmeyer has made outstanding contributions to geological teaching, research, and publication. He co-edited GSA Special Papers 461 and 492, and Field Guide 16. He directs JMU’s residential Field Camp and supervises numerous undergraduate projects. He has offered several GSA short courses and convened many GSA thematic sessions.
—Declan G. De Paor