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New GSA Fellows

Elected by Council — April 2015

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.
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GSA’s newly elected Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony on 1 November in Baltimore, MD.

What their nominators had to say …

Emmit Calvin Alexander, Jr. (University of Minnesota):
Calvin Alexander has been an exemplary trainer of geologists and geologic researcher in his role of Morse-Alumni Professor at the University of Minnesota. He has won numerous teaching awards, and produced a prodigious number of students across a wide spectrum of subdisciplines who have distinguished themselves as researchers and trainers.
— John Van Brahana

Yemane Asmerom (University of New Mexico):
For extensive research and publications applying isotopic studies to paleoclimate and to
geomorphic evolution.
— P.Jonathan Patchett

Greg Balco (Berkeley Geochronology Center):
Elected to Fellowship as one of the QG&G Division's 2014 Kirk Bryan Award recipients.

Susan L. Beck (University of Arizona):
Susan Beck's research uses broadband seismology to understand mountain belts, earthquakes, and faulting. She is interested in the evolution of the North and South American Cordilleras, with much of her current research in the Andes. She also studies earthquakes and Earth structure associated with subduction zones and strike-slip plate boundaries.
— George H. Davis

Alan I. Benimoff (College of Staten Island, CUNY):
Alan Benimoff is a leader among earth scientists through innovative applied research of environmental and geological problems such as storm surges and cancer occurrence on Staten Island, New York. Alan produces a monthly television show, Geology Forum, that has brought an awareness of important geological process to the island community.
— William J. Fritz

Timothy J. Bralower (Pennsylvania State University):
Elected to Fellowship as a new GSA Councilor.

Don W. Byerly (University of Tennessee – Knoxville):
Outstanding teacher, Univ. of TN–Knoxville, received 1999 NAGT Neil Minor Award; active in K–12 teacher education; authority on impacts of sulfide oxidation and acid drainage; engineering geologist; and outreach efforts recognized: non-technical book, The Last Billion Years, a Geologic History of Tennessee (Univ. of TN Press, 2013).
— Robert D Hatcher, Jr.

John F. Casey (University of Houston):
For outstanding contributions to our understanding of accretionary plate boundaries and the composition and structure of the ocean crust and shallow mantle. For building one of the great Geoscience Departments, and educating a generation of geoscientists.
— Henry JB Dick

William W. Chadwick (CIMRS, Oregon State University):
We nominate Dr. William W. Chadwick, Jr. for Fellow of the Geological Society of America for his seminal studies on volcanic deformation and eruption processes and in pioneering studies in the nascent field of submarine physical volcanology.  
— Robert W. Embley

Michelle L. Coombs (US Geological Survey, Alaska Volcano Observatory):
Michelle Coombs is cited for her geologic, petrologic, and geochemical studies of Alaskan and Hawaiian volcanoes, contributions to public safety through eruption response, and communication of geoscience to the public.
— Charles R. Bacon

Kari M. Cooper (University of California – Davis):
Kari Cooper has made fundamental contributions to both the development of analytical techniques - most notably involving U-series nuclides - and the understanding of temporal and physical aspects of magma system histories. Her innovative work illuminates, among other key issues, how pre-eruption magma storage works: how long, and in what state?
— Calvin F. Miller

Isaac J. Crumbly (Ft. Valley State University):
Elected to Fellowship as the 2014 Bromery Award recipient.

Frederick D Day-Lewis (U.S. Geological Survey):
For seminal contributions toward fundamental advances in hydrogeophysics.
— Roy Haggerty

John E. Ebel (Boston College):
Nominated for seismological research, publications and insight that have contributed much to our understanding of intra-plate earthquakes, their source mechanisms, and the potential hazards they create, particularly as applied to northeastern North America. Additionally, for the mentoring of students, geological administration and outreach to the general public.
— J. Christopher Hepburn

Yehouda Enzel (Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University):
Dr. Yehouda Enzel is meritorious for GSA Fellow due to his trans-disciplinary, innovative and sustained research record of 121 peer-reviewed papers (17 with GSA) focused on Late Quaternary climate, landscape evolution and surficial processes using sedimentologic, geochemical, and hydrological tools to decipher the geologic history of water and dust sources.
— Stephen G. Wells

Sonia Esperanca (National Science Foundation):
Dr. Esperanca's main contribution to our field has been leadership at the National Science Foundation. She has helped guide modern petrologic and high-temperature geochemical research in the 21st century, a time in which the field was revolutionized by technological and conceptual developments.
— Dennis J Geist

David A.D. Evans (Yale University):
Professor David Evans is nominated for GSA Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to the field of paleomagnetism, supercontinent evolution, and geodynamics. Major contributions include the identification of true polar wander (TPW) events, verification of the GAD hypothesis for the Precambrian, and linking supercontinent, superplume and TPW events in global geodynamics.
— Zheng-Xiang Li

Timothy G. Fisher (University of Toledo):
Fisher has made significant contributions to the understanding of Glacial Lake Agassiz, the Great Lakes, and associated environments. His field work spans several Canadian Provinces and northern states and have led to publications that change the way we think about the history of some of the predominate landscapes of North America.
— Harry M. Jol

Gillian R. Foulger (University of Durham):
Her insightful and ground-breaking research has led to a major rethinking of a key concept in global tectonics, the until recently widely held view that hotspots, regions of long-lived excess volcanism such as Iceland, Hawaii, or Yellowstone, result from plumes of hot material upwelling from great depth in the mantle.
— Seth Stein

Tracy D. Frank (University of Nebraska – Lincoln):
Tracy Frank combines a background strength as a carbonate petrologist and sedimentologist with skills in stable isotope geochemistry and a superb knowledge of oceanographic processes to create a formidable partnership with which to explore ocean chemistry signals throughout geologic time.
— Linda C. Kah

Henry Robert Frankel (University of Missouri - Kansas City):
Elected to Fellowship as the History and Philosophy of Geology Division's 2014 Mary C. Rabbitt Award recipient.

Frederick A. Frey (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):
Elected to Fellowship as the MGPV Division's 2014 Distinguished Geologic Career Award recipient.

Anke Friedrich (Universität München):
Elected to Fellowship as a new GSA Councilor.

G. Robert Ganis (G. Robert Ganis, P.G., Consulting Geologist, P.C.):
Dr. Ganis has been a major contributor to the industrial minerals industry in the eastern U.S., as well as within the associated professional organizations. He also has made major breakthroughs in deciphering the "Taconic Problem" in eastern Pennsylvania through his Geologic Mapping and biostratigraphic studies.
— John E. Repetski

Laura A. Guertin (Penn State Brandywine):
For her complete devotion to undergraduate education on the local and national stage, for her dedication to training the next set of geoscience teachers, for her cutting edge research involving technology in geoscience education, and for her leadership in the geoscience educational community.
— Timothy J. Bralower

Gregory S. Hancock (College of William and Mary):
Greg Hancock is an exceptionally strong and creative teacher who has influenced generations of geoscience and environmental science students. He has a remarkable record of mentoring undergraduate students in significant research projects, many of whom have presented their research at professional meetings.
— Heather Macdonald

Charles F. Harvey (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):
Elected to Fellowship as the Hydrogeology Division's 2014 Meinzer Award recipient.

Frank C. Hawthorne (University of Manitoba):
For his seminal, visionary and widespread contributions to the fields of mineralogy, crystallography and solid-state chemistry by increasing our understanding of the mechanisms behind complex crystal chemistry, structural bonding topology, structural hierarchies, thermodynamics and spectroscopy of minerals and solids in general.
— Barbara L. Dutrow

Robert M. Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington):
Hazen's unique, dramatically-evolving research career pioneered studies of the temperature and pressure dependencies of crystal structures, a foundation of mineral physics, and of the role of temperature, pressure, and minerals in the origin of life. He founded the new field of mineral evolution and the worldwide Deep Carbon Observatory.
— Craig M. Schiffries

Brian T. Huber (National Museum of Natural History):
Brian Huber is a renowned expert on Cretaceous and Cenozoic planktic foraminifera. His highly cited research in paleoceanography is characterized by its creative use of stable isotope paleoecology. This research includes studies of Oceanic Anoxic Events and the K/Pg boundary from sections spanning the Antarctic to the deep-sea to Tanzania.
— R. Mark Leckie

Linda C. Ivany (Syracuse University):
Linda C. Ivany has compiled a highly distinguished research record, characterized by creativity, breadth, magnitude, and innovation. Beyond research, she has trained a new generation of young, productive, paleobiologists. Professor Ivany's work is widely cited, and continues to be at the forefront of the fields of paleobiology and paleoecology.
— David E. Fastovsky

Anne E. Jennings (University of Colorado):
Anne Jennings has obtained an international reputation for her careful and insightful research on Late Quaternary paleoclimate and glacial changes with a focus on the Arctic region and the deglacial histories of the Laurentide and Greenland Ice Sheets.
— John T. Andrews

Cari L. Johnson (University of Utah):
Dr. Cari L. Johnson, Associate Professor, University of Utah, is a prolific geologic researcher whose science covers a broad cross section of geology, including tectonics and sedimentation, sequence stratigraphy, and applications to petroleum source rock and reservoir systems. She is an excellent mentor of students, having received numerous teaching awards.
— Stephan A. Graham

Joe Kirschvink (California Institute of Technology):
Elected to Fellowship as the Geophysics Division's 2014 Woollard Award recipient.

Stephen A. Leslie (James Madison University):
Stephen Leslie has been at the leading edge of conodont biostratigraphy research for 20 years. He has maintained a vigorous research program while serving as a very effective chair at two undergraduate-focused departments. Ultimately, his dedication to undergraduate research and education is the unifying thread that underpins his academic career.
— Steven Whitmeyer

Julie C. Libarkin (Michigan State University):
Julie Libarkin is nominated for her many groundbreaking research contributions in geoscience education and geocognition, for her leadership in GSA, and for her contributions as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Geoscience Education.
— Steven C. Semken

Rosaly M.C. Lopes (Jet Propulsion Laboratory):
Using instruments on unmanned spacecraft to investigate the geology of satellites in the Outer Solar System, Rosaly Lopes has made major significant contributions to understanding processes on the surface and interior of on Io, a satellite of Jupiter, and on the surface of Titan, a satellite of Saturn.
— Susan W. Kieffer

Michelle M. Lorah (U.S. Geological Survey):
Michelle Lorah has made seminal contributions towards understanding the sources, transport, and reactions of organic chemicals in groundwater, surface water, wetlands, and soils. Her extensive research on the role of wetlands in the natural attenuation of chlorinated volatile hydrocarbons promises advances in the bioremediation of contaminated water.
— Isabelle M. Cozzarelli

Francis A. Macdonald (Harvard University):
Elected to Fellowship as the 2014 Donath Medalist.

Franco Marcantonio (Texas A&M University):
Dr. Marcantonio has an extensive breadth as well as extraordinary depth in his geologic knowledge and application. He is the epitome of a top-drawer researcher who is well-respected for his application of He3 and the Th230 isotopes for understanding climate change. Dr. Franco Marcantonio is an excellent teacher and mentor.
— John R. Giardino

Anthony Martin (Emory University):
Tony is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate geoscience education and public outreach, in addition to having made outstanding contributions to the field of marginal marine and dinosaur ichnology.
— Dan Deocampo

Bill McKinnon (Washington University in St. Louis):
Elected to Fellowship as the Planetary Geology Division's 2014 Gilbert Award recipient.

Charles E. Mitchell (SUNY-Buffalo):
For his many contributions to the evolution of graptolites in the Paleozoic, how the evolution of life aids in chronostratigraphy, and for his teaching and mentoring of several generations of graduate and undergraduate students.
— Brendan J. Murphy

Aberra Mogessie (Karl-Franzens-Universitat Graz):
Aberra Mogessie (Univ. Graz, Austria) is nominated for his leadership in the African and international geological community as President of the Geological Society of Africa (2008-2016) and for his research on Cu-Ni-PGE and other ore deposits and petrologic problems in the Duluth Complex of Minnesota, Europe, Africa and Argentina.
— Suzanne M Kay

Maureen A. Muldoon (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh):
Dr. Muldoon has had an outstanding geologic career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. She is an enthusiastic teacher of undergraduates and professionals who has made significant contributions to understanding groundwater movement through carbonate rocks as well as significant service to the profession.
— Kenneth R. Bradbury

Jean-Philippe Nicot (University of Texas):
Dr. Nicot's publication record as an H index of 12 (ISI) or 16 (Google Scholar) including ~ 1,116 citations. His 2008 seminal paper on CO2 storage is the widely cited and the foundation for research on greenhouse gases and climate change, energy security, and sustainability of water resources.
— Bridget R. Scanlon

Suzanne O'Connell (Wesleyan University):
Dr. Suzanne O'Connell is an accomplished geoscientist who highly honors the traditions of research and scholarship in the geosciences, but also pays great attention to the societal well-being of the community, reflected by her service in professional societies, her work in policy, and her persistent and caring attention to students.
— Marilyn J. Suiter

Yoshihide Ogasawara (Waseda University):
Prof. Yoshi Ogasawara was nominated because of his scientific contributions on the petrotectonic evolution of deeply subducted UHPM carbonates and the formation of metamorphic diamonds under fluid conditions, and his life-time dedication in teaching, research and administration at the Waseda University, Japan.
— Juhn G. Liou

Charles G. Oviatt (Kansas State University):
Charles (Jack) Oviatt is cited for his many decades of exemplary published work on the stratigraphy, sedimentology, chronology, geomorphology, and paleolimnology of Lake Bonneville.
— John F. Shroder, Jr.

Jon D. Pelletier (University of Arizona):
For outstanding contributions to the geosciences, particularly in form of published geological research advancing the understanding of landform and landscape evolution, at a variety of spatial and temporal scales, and employing the most advanced methods of mathematical modeling, digital-data analysis, and quantitative field measurements.
— Victor R. Baker

Stephen F. Personius (U.S. Geological Survey):
Although rarely in the limelight, Steve has had a profound influence on paleoseismology and its application to earthquake hazards assessment in the western U.S. His exemplary mapping and publications have provided great positive direction to this field of research and he has and nurtured tomorrow's geologists with great skill and compassion.
— Alan R. Nelson

Stephen J. Piercey (Memorial Univ. of Nfld.):
Stephen Piercey has made significant contributions to the field of economic geology, particularly the genesis and tectonic setting of volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits and associated magmatic rocks. His research has led to a much better understanding of the relationships between style and type of mineralization and tectono-magmatic processes globally.
— John M. Hanchar

Jeffrey S. Pigati (U.S. Geological Survey):
Jeffrey S. Pigati has made outstanding contributions to the geosciences: understanding the paleoclimatic significance of desert wetlands; developing new methods/materials for radiocarbon dating; and a leadership role in the investigations of the "Snowmastodon" fossil site in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This work has generated 35 publications (19 senior-authored).
— Daniel R. Muhs

Geoffrey S. Plumlee (U.S. Geological Survey):
Geoff Plumlee is internationally recognized for his contributions to environmental geochemistry and health in which he has applied his research to many societally compelling issues and enhanced the visibility of environmental geochemistry with the general public and with non-traditional collaborators in the public health, hazards, and social science disciplines. 
— Robert O. Rye

Robert J. Poreda (University of Rochester):
Dr. Robert J. Poreda is nominated as GSA Fellow for his research contributions on application of noble gases toward understanding the history of mantle dynamics, use of tritium-helium groundwater dating, 21Ne cosmogenic surface exposure age dating techniques, and environmental impacts of unconventional energy development on groundwater.
— Anne E. Carey

Christopher J. Potter (US Geological Survey at Rutgers University):
Dr. Christopher J. Potter is nominated as a Fellow to the Geological Society of America based on his publication record, significance and impact of his research, his administrative service to geologic programs within the US Geological Survey (USGS), and his continued participation in presenting original and innovative research to professional societies, governmental agencies, and to industry groups throughout his 40-plus year long career in the geosciences.
— Warren C. Day

Jay Quade (University of Arizona):
Jay Quade's research addresses major events in Cenozoic paleoclimate, paleoecology, mountain belt growth, and hominid evolution. He has carried out comprehensive calibration studies of diverse modern analog systems that are used in paleoclimate and paleoecology reconstructions to ground-truth the methods that he has developed and applied.
— Carmala N. Garzione

Mark C. Quigley (University of Canterbury):
Elected to Fellowship as the 2014 GSA Public Service Award recipient.

Jahandar Ramezani (MIT):
Jahandar Ramezani deserves recognition as a GSA Fellow for using high-precision U-Pb geochronology to solve problems in earth history and for the education of multiple generations of young scientists. Ramezani uses geochronology to frame and solve major issues associated with earth history and the evolution of life.
— Samuel A Bowring

Lothar Ratschbacher (Freiburg University):
Ratschbacher has an unmatched talent of making breakthrough discoveries in continental tectonics by combining cutting-edge analytical techniques, massive datasets, mechanical insights, and great geologic intuition.
— Bradley R. Hacker

Loren A. Raymond (Appalachian State University):
Loren A. Raymond has been an inspirational teacher and an exemplary mentor for a generation of students. His dedication to motivating students to strive for their maximum potential as geologists serves as a hallmark for our profession which has benefited especially from his masterful instruction in petrology and tectonics.
— Fred Webb Jr.

Peter W. Reiners (University of Arizona):
Dr. Peter W. Reiners is elected to GSA Fellowship on the basis of his fundamental contributions in developing (U-Th)/He thermochronometry, and applying low-temperature thermochronology to both reconstruct the tectonic evolution of many different regions of the world and examine a broad array of petrologic, structural, geochemical, erosional, and geodynamic processes.
— George E. Gehrels

John C. Ridge (Tufts University):
Elected to Fellowship as one of the QG&G Division's 2014 Kirk Bryan Award recipients.

Susan G. Stover (Kansas Geological Survey):
Susan Stover has made public communication a priority in jobs at the Kansas Water Office and the Kansas Geological Survey. She has engaged the public and decision-makers in conversations about the Ogallala aquifer, and worked to increase awareness of the geosciences. She also chairs GSA’s Geology and Public Policy Committee.
— Rex C. Buchanan

Glenn B. Stracher (East Georgia State College):
Glenn Stracher has excelled in building public awareness of the problem of coal fires. His efforts in outreach, editing and publishing, and training of geologists have supported this effort. He has inspired many of his colleagues to study coal fires and to present their findings to the general public.
— James C. Hower

Douglas M. Thompson (Connecticut College):
Thompson is nominated based on his publication of research relating to process and form in pool-riffle rivers, the implications of pool-riffle dynamics for river restoration, the history of instream manipulations for river restoration and critical examination of why many of these manipulations are unsuccessful, and enhancing public understanding of rivers.  
— Ellen Wohl

Robert M. Thorson (University of Connecticut):
Robert "Thor" Thorson has achieved great success as a scholar, educator and communicator. His contributions to glacial-tectonic dynamics are significant. His award-winning books on New England stone walls, Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond and his Hartford Courant opinion column enables him to reach a wide audience with his writing.
— Lisa E. Park Boush

Martyn Unsworth (University of Alberta):
Martyn has been a leader in electrical geophysics especially magnetotellurics. He has applied these methods to solve a variety of tectonic, environmental and resource problems.
— Kevin L. Mickus

Avner Vengosh (Duke University):
Dr. Avner Vengosh is nominated as GSA Fellow for his research contributions in isotope and environmental geochemistry, including seminal studies in the area of energy development and water quality. He has been an innovator in methodological development of boron isotope measurements and their use in solving hydrogeochemical and environmental problems.
— W Berry Lyons

Yang Wang (Florida State University):
I am nominating Professor Yang Wang to 2015 GAS Fellow for her contributions to paleoenvironmental reconstructions, particularly by using stable isotopes in animal fossils and other materials to reconstruct Himalayan tectonic and climate history, and to understanding biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients and toxic metals in natural systems.
— Xiahong Feng

Stephen R.H. Worthington (Worthington Groundwater):
Steve Worthington (Worthington Groundwater) is nominated for his extensive applied research and development on describing flow in carbonate aquifers using a new model that will contribute significantly to the understanding of these settings. His extensive publications on this work will help support a solid basis for their management and protection.
— Gareth J. Davies

Shuhai Xiao (Virginia Polytechnic Institute):
Over the past fifteen years, Shuhai Xiao has emerged as an international leader in paleontology and stratigraphy. His innovative and meticulous research, in particular on the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation, has deeply informed our understanding of Neoproterozoic life and environments.
— Andrew H. Knoll

R. Aileen Yingst (Planetary Science Institute):
For significant research in planetary geology, leadership roles in multiple planetary missions, work in training the next generation of planetary geoscientists through a decade of leadership in NASA’s Space Grant Program, and for her work in contributing to the public awareness of planetary geoscience.
— Jayne C. Aubele