GSA Fellowship

Elected by Council — May 2019

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 a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America 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.

GSA’s newly elected Fellows are recognized at the GSA Annual Meeting each year.

What their nominators had to say …

Robert S. Anderson (University of Colorado): Recognized for developing rigorous, quantitative approaches to the study of Earth surface processes, and for making sustained and highly influential contributions across the entire spectrum of geomorphology. —John Pitlick

Suzanne P. Anderson (University of Colorado): For her contributions to our understanding of the geomorphology and geochemistry of the critical zone, her thoughtful teaching of undergraduates and graduate students and her sustained leadership of the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory. —David Dethier

Margaret E. Berry (U.S. Geological Survey): For her outstanding contributions in applied research through surficial geologic mapping throughout the western USA, Dr. Berry exemplifies the best in the great USGS tradition of detailed field work to generate high-quality geologic maps for the American people. —Daniel Muhs

Emily E. Brodsky (University of California, Santa Cruz): Dr. Brodsky is an innovative leader who has made foundational discoveries regarding the mechanics and hydrogeologic nature and behavior of fault systems, based on field, laboratory, and numerical studies. —Andrew Fisher

Roger Buick (University of Washington):Roger Buick has made significant contributions to our understanding of Precambrian geology, biology, oceans and atmosphere. His contributions arise from forty years of geological field work in Archean and Proterozoic terrains, particularly in Australia, Greenland, South Africa and Canada, prospecting for relics of the earliest life and its environment. —George Bergantz

Devon M. Burr (University of Tennessee): By combining laboratory experiments with mapping and analysis of spacecraft imagery and topography and of terrestrial analogues, Devon Burr’s research on planetary geomorphology has enhanced understanding of fluvial and aeolian processes and landforms on Mars, Titan, and icy bodies. —Harry McSween

Wayne K. Camp (Anadarko Petroleum Corp): Wayne Camp has contributed significantly to both geoscience and the profession through his many publications and editing of several proceedings from the conferences he has organized or helped organize. He is recognized as a thought leader and global expert in unconventional resources by U.S. DOE, SEPM, SEG and AAPG. —Richard Bishop

Susan M. Cashman (Humboldt State University):For fundamental contributions utilizing structural geology and tectonic analyses to unravel the plate tectonic evolution the western margin of North America and its current deformational behavior, while providing exemplary mentoring of several generations of well-trained geologists, and serving as a role model for women in science. —Kevin Furlong

Duane E. Champion (US Geological Survey): Duane Champion's contributions in documenting and understanding geomagnetic secular variation, his application of paleomagnetic studies to volcano hazard assessment, and his stature in the field of paleomagnetism deserve recognition with election to Fellowship in GSA. —Charles Bacon

Renee M. Clary (Mississippi State University): For the breadth and depth of her service to professional societies both international and domestic, especially for her service to the History and Philosophy of Geology Division, GSA and for distinguished public outreach and teaching of geology that have enhanced geoscience literacy in an underserved area of our nation. —Gary Rosenberg

David R. Cole (The Ohio State University): Professor Cole has been a global leader in geochemistry and mineralogy.  His work includes seminal studies of subsurface fluid-mineral interactions.  In addition, he has taken a leadership role in the understanding of carbon in the deep subsurface. —W. Berry Lyons

Craig M. dePolo (Nevada Bureau Mines & Geology): Dr. dePolo is widely recognized by his peers in the areas of neotectonics, paleoseismology, and earthquake preparedness. He has published numerous reports and maps at the NBMG and in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. dePolo has been a driving force for earthquake preparedness in Nevada for more than 30 years. —William Lund

Diane I. Doser (University of Texas - El Paso): Dr. Doser has made numerous contributions to earthquake seismology including source mechanics in the western US, Alaska, New Zealand and East Africa, and trying to understand the nature of earthquakes in different tectonic environments. —Kevin Mickus

Anne E. Egger (Central Washington University): Dr. Egger is an Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and Science Education at Central Washington University. Her contributions to geology have included the creation of exemplary educational resources, direction of professional development programs, leadership in a national professional organization (NAGT), and contributions to our discipline through the publication of research. —David McConnell

Susan C. Eriksson (Eriksson Associates LLC): Susan Eriksson deserves GSA fellowship for almost 40 years service to the geologic profession through a career in industry and academia as a research scientist, faculty, administrator, and independent consultant. The hallmark of her career is selfless leadership in broadening participation through increasing equity and access particularly for underrepresented groups. —Shanaka de Silva

Carol Denison Frost (University of Wyoming): Carol Frost, a professor at the University of Wyoming, has served GSA through many capacities.  She has been the Director for Earth Sciences at NSF and has held a range of administrative positions at Wyoming.  She has mentored many students, received several teaching awards and coauthored a popular petrology textbook. —James Anderson

Robert R. Gaines (Pomona College): Dr. Robert Gaines helped revolutionize the study of Lagerstätten (exceptionally preserved fauna) through innovative integration of process-oriented sedimentology, geochemistry, taphonomy, and diagenesis. His work sheds light on the manner in which soft-bodied fauna are preserved, and how these remarkable fossil sites have radically changed our understanding of early biological evolution. —Paul Myrow

Eduardo Garzanti (Univ. Milano-Bicocca): Elected to Fellowship as a 2018 Honorary Fellow

Daniel Goldman (University of Dayton): Dr. Goldman is a leading expert on graptolites and Paleozoic stratigraphy.  His contributions spans biogeography, biodiversity, and systematics of graptolites, modeling graptolite macroevolution, improving Ordovician time scale resolution by integrating graptolite, conodont, and chitinozoan zonal schemes from clastic to carbonate systems, training geologists, and professional service to IUGS and GSA. —Stephen Leslie

Carlos M. Gonzalez-Leon (Universidad Nacional Autonoma): The attainment of Fellowship by Dr. Carlos M. González-León recognizes his important contributions to the fields of regional geology, stratigraphy, and tectonics of Sonora, Mexico and adjoining regions, his training of Mexican geologists, and his service to the geological community of Sonora and all of Mexico. —Timothy Lawton

Karen B. Gran (University of Minnesota Duluth): Elected to Fellowship as the 2018 Kirk Bryan awardee for Research Excellence.

Russell W. Graymer (US Geological Survey): Russell W. Graymer is nominated for GSA Fellowship for his fundamental contributions to the geology and tectonic evolution of the western Cordilleran margin in studies spanning the late Paleozoic to Present, application of geology to earthquake and landslide hazard analysis, and effective science management and communication of geology to the public. —Robert McLaughlin

Steven J. Hageman (Appalachian State University): Steven J. Hageman merits GSA Fellowship based on: publication of his internationally regarded research on fossil bryozoans with important implications for evolution, paleoecology, and sedimentology; dedicated teaching and mentoring of geology students with impacts beyond his institution; and service to the profession, particularly as editor of Journal of Paleontology. —Patricia Kelley

James W. Handschy (Indiana University): Jim is recognized for superb applied research in tectonics and sedimentation in over 100 basins and all tectonic environments in every continent except Antarctica while rising to the rank of Global Chief Geoscientist at ConocoPhillips; in addition, he has made important contributions to service and geoscience education particularly field camp. —Virginia Sisson

Matthew T. Heizler (New Mexico Bureau of Geology): Dr. Matt Heizler’s has made significant research and educational contributions to earth science and our understanding of earth’s history through advancing argon geochronology, providing intercalibrations for multiple geochronological methods, advancing technological innovations in related dating methodology, and training to new generations of students in geochronological investigations. —Stephen Wells

Ingrid Hendy (University of Michigan): For outstanding research on rapid climate change of the past 60 kyrs along the Pacific coasts of North America, detailing complex relationships between ocean chemistry, sea surface temperature, precipitation, and sediment delivery. The first researcher to identify Dansgaard/Oeschger cycles in the Pacific, correlating them with the Greenland ice core record. —John Barron

Mary S. Hubbard (Montana State University): Mary Hubbard pioneered the combined application of structural geology, metamorphic petrology, and thermochronology both to the Himalaya and to the deeply exhumed Norumbega strike-slip fault in Maine, and she has been a leader in helping geologists in the developing countries escape the isolation intrinsic to their workplaces. —Peter Molnar

Gary Huckleberry: Elected to Fellowship as the 2018 Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Awardee.

Robert B. Jacobson (US Geological Survey): Robert Jacobson is nominated for publication of the results of his basic geologic research in geomorphology and his applied research that uses geomorphology toward policy and management of fluvial systems. —Joan Florsheim

Allan James (University of South Carolina):  An active GSA member for 35 years, Dr. James published research on floodplain sedimentation, sediment budgets, Sierra Nevada Quaternary glaciation, water resources, urban flooding, and GIScience. His work on Gilbert’s sediment wave, hydraulic mining, and legacy sediment have been widely read.  He taught geomorphology and watershed science over three decades.    —Anne Chin and Mary Ann Madej

Claudia C. Johnson (Indiana University): For her contributions to the understanding of past paleoenvironments and the links between those environments and broader Earth systems, in particular to our understanding of late Cretaceous events and threats of environmental changes to living reef communities. For her pedagogic research on methods of teaching complex geological concepts to students. —Chen Zhu

Michael R. Kaplan (Columbia University): Mike Kaplan began research on the glacial history of northeastern North America, but soon refocused his research into the Southern Hemisphere where has generated fundamental contributions that enhance understanding of changes in the cryosphere during the late Quaternary, mentored students, and developed strong collaborations with Chilean and Patagonian researchers. —Gifford Miller

Nazrul Khandaker (CUNY - York College): Elected to Fellowship as a 2018 recipient of the GSA Distinguished Service Award.

David L. Kimbrough (San Diego State University): David Kimbrough has integrated geological fieldwork with geochronologic, geochemical and isotopic analyses focused on the evolution of continental magmatic arcs, crustal exhumation, and basin evolution across four continents. His distinguished career is a model of scientific integrity and achievement coupled with a deep devotion to his students, department, university and the geoscience community. —J. Mahoney

J. Steven Kite (West Virginia University): Dr. Kite has had an exemplary career as a geologist/physical geographer. In addition to a fine balance between research, teaching, and administration at WVU, during his 40 years as a GSA member he has held all QG&G Division elected positions. —David Mickelson

Jeffrey R. Knott (CSU Fullerton): For research on Late Cenozoic paleoenvironmental change and landscape evolution. In particular, contributions to the understanding of the Cenozoic evolution of the Death Valley and the surrounding regions. In addition, for exceptional training of numerous undergraduate and graduate students in both pure and applied aspects of geology. —Lewis Owen

Nicole LaDue (Northern Illinois University): Elected to Fellowship as the 2018 recipient of the Biggs  Award for Excellence in Earth Science teaching.

Laurel G. Larsen (University of California, Berkeley): Elected to Fellowship as the 2018 recipient of the Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal).

Norman S. Levine (College of Charleston): Dr. Norm Levine is a veritable “good-will ambassador” with infectious enthusiasm for increasing public understanding of geology. His commitment to applied science is reflected in the >50 Master’s students that he has advised, all with projects designed to “make a difference” regarding specific earth hazard and environmental issues. —Richard Berg

Sarah L. Lewis (Oregon Dept of Geology): Sarah Lewis is nominated for Fellowship for her exceptional service to the geological community, administering and contributing to multi-faceted geomorphic research programs, organizing on-going activities that foster communication, education, and engagement, sustained service to the QG&G community, and helping students at all stages of their careers. —Gordon Grant

Joseph Licciardi (University of New Hampshire): Dr. Joseph M. Licciardi has made distinguished, sustained, and wide-ranging contributions to Quaternary geology and geomorphology that have significantly advanced our understanding of the geochronology of late Cenozoic glaciers and ice sheets and their implications for climate change. —Peter Clark

Shannon Mahan (USGS): Shannon Mahan is internationally recognized for her applications of luminescence techniques to research questions related to earthquake activity, paleoclimate conditions and geoarchaeological and Quaternary faunal records in the western US and globally.  Moreover, she is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in science and student education and training. —Tammy Rittenour

Paul J. McCarthy (University of Alaska): Dr. Paul McCarthy has a demonstrated career commitment to furthering the geosciences through technical publication and mentoring students.  Because of his enthusiasm for his profession, Paul is a highly effective advocate for the geosciences not only to the scientific community but to the global lay community as well. —Anthony Fiorillo

Eric McDonald (Desert Research Institute): Prof. Eric McDonald is nominated as a Fellow of the GSA for research that elucidates the interplay of dust, hydrology and climate during the evolution of desert landscapes and surfaces, for his application of these findings to questions of military importance, and for his training of professional geologists. —Eric Kirby

Jennifer C. McIntosh (University of Arizona): Jennifer McIntosh is a recognized leader in the field of hydrogeochemistry. Her work has greatly advanced our knowledge of basin fluids (gas and water) and critical zone interactions. She has led multiple cross-disciplinary research teams, prepared her undergraduate and graduate students well, and performed outstanding service for our community. —Anna Martini

Virginia T. McLemore (New Mexico Bureau of Geology): Dr. Virginia McLemore, throughout her career, has demonstrated a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the field of geoscience research.  She has also been notably productive in applied geoscience, and training of geologists.  Her exceptional record makes her perfectly suited to receive the honor of GSA Fellowship. —Nelia Dunbar

Jonathan S. Miller (San Jose State University): Jonathan Miller’s publications are important contributions to the understanding of magmatic processes and he is an acknowledged expert in the use of the mineral zircon for study of silicic magmatism. His extraordinary service to GSA includes being Chair of the Cordilleran Section and General Chair for the 2005 Section Meeting. —Robert Miller

Thomas M. Missimer (Florida Gulf Coast University): Dr Missimer’s geologic work record makes him exceptionally qualified for GSA Fellowship. He published 100+ peer-reviewed papers, authored, co-authored, or edited 11 books, and is Groundwater Executive Editor. He directed much applied research and was appointed by 3 Florida governors to positions including Board of Professional Geologists Chair. —Michael Sukop

David P. Moecher (University of Kentucky): Dr. David P. Moecher is nominated on the basis of significant and diverse contributions to understanding the metamorphic petrology of the lower crust, including the discovery of the extreme zircon fertility of Grenville-age granitoids. —Claudia Mora

Jeffrey M. Moore (NASA-Ames Research Center Space Sciences Division): Elected into Fellowship as the 2018 recipient of the G. K. Gilbert Award. 

Jean Morrison (Boston University): Dr. Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Boston University, is nominated for Fellowship in the Geological Society of America based on her academic leadership, her research into the role of fluids during metamorphism and her mentorship of students. —John Valley

Jeffrey S. Munroe (Middlebury College): We recognize Dr. Jeff Munroe for an outstanding 20-year career excelling in both undergraduate education and Quaternary paleoclimate research.  His work utilizes a wide range of techniques across many diverse landscapes. He has successfully integrated dozens of undergraduate students into cutting-edge, collaborative, field and laboratory research. —David West

Barbara P. Nash (University of Utah): In recognition of contributions to the study of the Earth through geochemical and mineralogical investigations of igneous rocks, characterization of new minerals formed only in the Anthropocene, correlation of volcanic Neogene and Quaternary ashes and obsidians, and LGBT advocacy and service to GSA. —Thure Cerling

Gerald Osborn (Univ. of Calgary): Gerald (Jerry) David Osborn is a leading authority on the glacial history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, demonstrated by his many seminal review papers in top peer-reviewed journals, along with his co-organizing of topical sessions for international conferences and co-editing of journal volumes on latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacial fluctuations. —P. Thompson Davis

Jeffrey G. Paine (BEG/UT): Dr. Jeffrey Paine’s research centers on application of near-surface geophysics to address environmental issues, including coastal erosion, groundwater salinization, and land subsidence. His work has substantially advanced the applications of electromagnetic induction to address environmental problems. His publications in these fields provides critical input to decision makers in managing natural hazards. —Bridget Scanlon

David S. Parks (Washington DNR): Elected into Fellowship as the 2018 recipient of the E.B. Burwell Jr. award.

Mark E. Patzkowsky (Penn State University): Professor Mark Patzkowsky has advanced the field of paleobiology by establishing ground rules for rigorous interpretation of the field and database paleontological record and applying them to further our understanding of extinction, radiation, function and habitability of the whole ecosystem in deep time. —Timothy Bralower

Keith D. Putirka (California State Univ – Fresno): Dr. Putirka’s distinguished career includes (1) a strong publication record; (2) becoming a world leader in the development, testing and application of igneous thermobarometers; (3) revitalizing American Mineralogist while editor; and (4) GSA service through publications of field guides, running GSA meetings, and as a mentor to many GSA student members. —Scott Paterson

Eric J. Pyle (James Madison University): Eric Pyle is a nationally-recognized teacher and researcher, and is a leading voice on geoscience education. He has been recognized for helping lead national efforts to update science education. He is also a leader in field-based education, pioneering assessment tools as well as statistical methods for field data collection. —Steven Whitmeyer

Sara L. Rathburn (Colorado State University): Nomination based on the categories of education, applied research, and professional service. Rathburn excels at undergraduate teaching, as recognized in multiple university teaching awards. Her research focuses on resources management on public lands, particularly hazard mitigation. GSA Division chair and panel member, along with numerous proposal and manuscript reviews. —Ellen Wohl

Maureen E. Raymo (Columbia): For fundamental, ground-breaking, scientific contributions towards our understanding of the causes of Cenozoic climate change, our understanding of Earth’s natural ice age climate variability and accompanying sea level fluctuations, and outstanding science communication. —Howard Spero

Gary A. Robbins (University of Connecticut): Gary Robbins has developed seminal analytical solutions governing solute transport in groundwater, and novel and important methods to characterize groundwater quality and aquifer material properties from monitoring wells. His work has advanced both the scientific understanding of contamination fate and transport as well as how best to remediate it in the future. —Donald Siegel

Brad S. Singer (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison): Brad Singer has made major contributions to a wide variety of important problems, through the innovative use of radioisotope geochronology.  He has also trained dozens of geologists at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc levels, and has tirelessly served as Associate Editor and Science Editor of GSA Bulletin. —Alan Carroll

Kathleen B. Springer (U.S. Geological Survey): Kathleen Springer is nominated for GSA Fellowship for her work on the stratigraphy, chronology, and paleohydrology of geologic deposits associated with springs and desert wetlands, establishing the geologic context of paleontologic resources, and acting as a lifelong geoscience educator and communicator, specializing in climate change and earthquake science messaging. —Jeff Pigati

George Thomas Stone: George Stone has a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and to GSA, primarily through his teaching, public outreach, and organization of GSA topical sessions and Pardee keynote symposiums. He has become one of the strongest voices in the geoscience community in raising the awareness of global warming. —Rolfe Mandel

Kathleen DeGraaff Surpless (Trinity University): Kathy's research on detrital zircons has provided important insights to provenance, paleotectonic and paleogeographic models for sedimentary packages of the North American Cordillera. She has been a strong mentor and educator of undergraduates and has greatly involved with GSA service activities. —Diane Smith

Glenn David Thackray (Idaho State University): Glenn Thackray has made insightful contributions to the understanding of glaciation and climate across the Pacific region.  He also provided effective leadership for GSA’s Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division, as well as for his academic department, and has been an inspirational mentor to many successful students over his career. —Grant Meyer

Ellen Thomas (Yale University): Ellen Thomas is being recognized with Fellowship in the Geologic Society of America for her pioneering contributions to Micropaleontology and Paleoceanography, and distinguished editorial service to the journal Geology. —James Zachos

Woodrow B. Thompson (Maine Geological Survey): “Woody” Thompson” is nominated to honor his continued surficial mapping in Maine and New England that documents the nature of the last glaciation. Woody has improved geology from continued reporting of results and leading numerous field trips. —Thomas Lowell

Jeffrey M. Trop (Bucknell University): Jeffrey Trop is a prominent researcher on the sedimentary/tectonic evolution of Alaska. He has also published on the geomorphology of alpine icy debris fans and paleoecology/environmental deposition of eurypterids and tetrapods in the Appalachians. Trop is an award-winning teacher who has mentored over 20 research students. —R. Craig Kochel

Bishal Upreti (University of Zambia): Elected into Fellowship as a 2018 Honorary Fellow.

James W. Vallance (US Geological Survey): Jim Vallance is nominated for his exceptional insights and accomplishments interpreting volcanic deposits in the U.S. and internationally, leading to substantial improvements in public safety and advances in the science of volcanology. —Thomas Sisson

Peter J. Vrolijk: Dr. Vrolijk’s scientific contributions to structural geology and deep-earth fluid flow are integrative across multiple disciplines and influenced the research of many others. He is exemplary in bridging industry and academia, in sharing results through publications, short courses, and mentoring students and colleagues, and in service to GSA and ODP/IODP. —Kevin Bohacs

Alan D. Wanamaker Jr. (Iowa State University): Alan Wanamaker is an outstanding geoscientist, educator, and community member as evidenced by his meaningful contributions to paleoclimate research, mentorship of his students, and efforts in organization of GSA meetings. —David Gillikin

Rich Whittecar (Old Dominion University): Rich Whittecar has conducted fundamental research on landscape evolution of the southern Appalachian provinces and on groundwater flow in wetlands. After 40 years of teaching geology, Rich has a legacy of professional geologists working across the United States. —Nora Noffke

Hong Yang (Bryant University): We nominate Dr. Hong Yang for his creative contribution to understanding the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems, for his outstanding accomplishments in developing and using molecular and isotopic proxies to investigate the impacts of past climate changes on terrestrial plant communities, and for his extraordinary commitment to training of young scientists. —Yang Wang

Pinar O. Yilmaz (ExxonMobil Exploration Company): Pinar Yilmaz — advocate for global geological collaboration — has organized 40-50 international forums bringing science and leadership together to educate professionals and students. She contributes to programs in GSA, AAPG, GeoConferences, IPTC, EAGE, SEG and is dedicated to providing support to students as she manages the interface between professional societies and ExxonMobil. —Robbie Gries

Adolph Yonkee: Adolph Yonkee’s seminal work on the tectonic evolution of the northern and southern Cordillera provides a better understanding of fold-thrust belts and foreland uplifts, fluid-rock interaction and deformation, geologic hazards, Martian weathering processes, and Snowball Earth.  He is also an outstanding teacher, mentor, and colleague. —Carol Dehlers