New GSA Fellows
Elected by Council — April 2016
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.
GSA’s newly elected Fellows are recognized at the GSA Annual Meeting each year.
What their nominators had to say …
Gary D. Acton (Sam Houston State University): In recognition
of creative and insightful research applying paleomagnetic and other techniques to a broad range of tectonic questions and major contributions to the scientific community via the Ocean Drilling Program. —Seth Stein
Jay J. Ague (Yale University): Jay has made outstanding contributions to the fields of igneous and metamorphic geology, including recognition and quantification of exhumation depths in ancient magmatic arcs, thermal pulse durations and petrologic indicators of ultrahigh pressure/temperature conditions in metamorphic terrains, and fluid and carbon fluxes in orogens and subduction systems. —David Evans
Thomas J. Algeo (University of Cincinnati): Tom has unequivocally established himself as a leader in deep-time biogeochemistry, paleoceanography, and geobiology. His efforts in the development and application of geochemical proxies of paleoredox, paleoproductivity and paleohydrography have provided key constraints
on the dynamics of ancient seas, global carbon cycling, marine paleoproductivity, and extinction events. —Isabel Montanez
Rivka Amit (Geological Survey of Israel): Dr. Amit is a superb arid lands and soil geomorphologist who has made significant contributions to the geological community for many years.
In addition to her 49 scientific papers, she is the Director of the Geological Survey of Israel. She is also adviser to M.S. and
Ph.D. graduate students. —Alan Gillespie
Estella A. Atekwana (Oklahoma State University): Estella is recognized for her pioneering work in biogeophysics, including innovative applications of geoelectrical methods to understand interactions between microbial communities and hydrocarbon contaminants in the subsurface; her contributions to understanding the incipient stages of continental rifting; and her valued service to the science profession. —Dennis Harry
Aida A. Awad (Maine East High School, Illinois): Aida has introduced untold numbers of students to geology through exemplary instruction and has been a tireless advocate for improving K–12 earth-science education. She has held key leadership positions
in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and greatly advanced both NAGT and the education mission of GSA. —Roy E. Plotnick
Jens T. Birkholzer (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory): Jens is recognized for his transformative scientific contributions associated with prediction of subsurface multiphase fluid, solute, and heat transport, and to the impact that his developments have had on informing U.S. decisions and regulations associated with nuclear waste disposal, carbon sequestration, and the environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing. —Susan Hubbard
Gabriel J. Bowen (University of Utah): Dr. Bowen has made pioneering advancements on the interpretation of stable isotope data in a spatial context. By constructing “isoscape” maps he has shown the isotope effects of water transport systems. His Online Isotopes in Precipitation Calculator (OIPC) has become a staple for research in isotope hydrology. —Douglas Solomon
Mark L. Brusseau (The University of Arizona): Dr. Brusseau is nominated for fellowship in the Geological Society of America
for his pioneering contributions to the elucidation of coupled processes that control mass transfer and reactive transport in the subsurface, and the development of innovative technologies
for characterization and remediation of contaminated sites. —Qinhong Hu
Christopher P. Carlson (USDA Forest Service): Christopher should become a Fellow because of his contributions to governmental policies on protecting the quality and sustainability of groundwater resources, his leadership of hydrogeological research programs for state and federal agencies, and his efforts in expanding public awareness of the importance of geology in formulating policies. —Jonathan Goodwin
C. Page Chamberlain (Stanford University): Page is at the avant-garde of research on tectonic/climate processes. He has transformed understanding of landscape development (particularly surface elevation) in relation to tectonics, sediment dispersal, and climate, and has trained and mentored a large number of undergraduate and graduate students in the use of innovative analytical techniques. —Christian Teyssier
Anne Chin (University of Colorado at Denver): Chin’s research focuses on river process and form, including the geometry of
step-pool bedforms in mountain rivers and river adjustments
to urbanization. As part of her interest in how rivers respond to natural and human induced disturbances, she has developed conceptual models that represent innovative contributions to understanding coupled human landscape dynamics. —Ellen Wohl
Marin K. Clark (University of Michigan): Marin is nominated for her research on how continental topography, as expressed by the evolution of rivers and other landforms, relates to lithospheric deformation. She has demonstrated that these systems are a sensitive record of vertical surface movement, caused by deformation deep in the Earth’s crust or uppermost mantle. —John Geissman
Maurice Colpron (Yukon Geological Survey): For outstanding contributions to our understanding of orogenic belt evolution, particularly the tectonic, magmatic, paleogeographic, and
metallogenic evolution of the North American Cordillera.—Stephen Piercey
Carol B. de Wet (Franklin & Marshall College): For major contributions to the profession through publication of high quality research, as an inspiring teacher and role model, effective mentor and a passionate spokesperson calling for changes to the system to allow women to fully participate in the pursuit of career and family. —Gail M. Ashley
Mihai N. Ducea (University of Arizona): Dr. Ducea has made fundamental contributions to understanding the relationships among magmatic arcs, subduction zones, retroarc orogenic
belts, and upper mantle processes. —Peter G. DeCelles
Andrea Dutton (University of Florida): Andrea displays enthusiasm and energy, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of geology. She quotes the primary geoscience literature at will both historic as well as modern. This plus her creativity to isolate
the basic mechanisms of sea level change is a rare and unbeatable combination. —Benjamin Horton
James R. Ebert (State University of New York–Oneonta): Acclaimed professor, researcher, and administrator. Distinguished Teaching Professor, dedicated to training earth scientists. Internationally recognized stratigrapher; 35 publications on research and education; ~half coauthored with students; 65 meeting abstracts; 82% for GSA. Cofounder and editor of Northeastern Geoscience online journal. Moderates four listservs in science education with >6000 subscribers nationwide. —Arthur N. Palmer
Howard R. Feldman (Touro College): Howard is a top expert on Mesozoic brachiopods, and an authority on the Mesozoic fossil faunas and facies of the Middle East. He has also published many studies of the Ordovician and Silurian in the Hudson Valley of New York, and has contributed to geoarchaeology in Israel.
—Mark A. Wilson
Mark P. Fischer (Northern Illinois University): Dr. Fischer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Geoscience at Northern Illinois University.
Mark’s research interests are fracture mechanics, clastic injectites,
fluid-rock systems, and fault-related folding. The results of his research have provided new understandings of the origin of fractures and veins. —David Malone
Derek C. Ford (McMaster University): Ford is nominated for his decades of leadership in research in karst, in particular for geochronological and paleoclimatological investigations of cave deposits, with some of the first research done in the alpine and subarctic regions of North America. —Gareth J. Davies
Lydia K. Fox (University of the Pacific): Lydia is an inspirational, innovative educator of undergraduate geoscience students.
As department chair, she skillfully addressed both facilities relocation and curricular changes. As a champion of undergraduate research, she established an Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference at Pacific and has directed its success for the past sixteen years. —Eugene F. Pearson
Baohua Gu (Oak Ridge National Laboratory): Dr. Gu’s seminal work on elucidating key molecular scale mechanisms that govern biogeochemical cycling of contaminants, trace metals, and natural organic matter have made significant contributions to
our understanding of soil organic and metal cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and remediation of contaminated sites.—Joel D. Blum
Peter J. Haeussler (U.S. Geological Survey): Peter is a research geologist with the USGS. The breadth, depth, and impact of his work are demonstrated by widely cited publications on Alaskan tectonic history, regional geology, metallogeny, neotectonics,
and earthquakes, and tsunami hazards. Peter makes frequent media appearances as an expert on Alaskan geology and hazards. —Dwight C. Bradley
Arjun M. Heimsath (Arizona State University): Arjun is an accomplished geoscientist whose pioneering work on the rates and processes of the conversion of rock into colluvial soil (or “mobile regolith”) and subsequent downslope transport and mixing has been nothing short of foundational to understanding of the evolution of soil-mantled erosional landscapes. —Kelin X. Whipple
G. Warfield Hobbs IV (Ammonite Resources Company): Skip has been an outstanding geologist for close to a half of a century.
He has been active professionally in industry and has founded his own successful consulting firm specializing in petroleum and mineral resources. He has been active at the leadership level in several professional societies including AAPG, AGI, CSSP, and GSA. —P. Patrick Leahy
Christopher H. House (Pennsylvania State University): Dr. House has produced a rich set of papers ranging from analysis of ancient fossils to whole genome-based phylogenic analysis. His body of work represents an innovative contribution to early life research using state-of-the-art geoanalytical, microbiological, and genomic techniques to answer both geological and biological questions. —Susan L. Brantley
Miriam E. Katz (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute): Mimi is an active and highly productive researcher in both paleontology
and paleoceanography. She has made valuable contributions to such wide and varied topics including Phanerozoic sea-level change, interpretation of the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum, phytoplankton evolution, and geochemical cycles.
She is a dedicated educator, and a valued contributor to many professional organizations, including GSA. —Peter J. Sugarman
Shuhab D. Khan (University of Houston): Shuhab Khan is at the forefront of using remote sensing for applied geoscience research. He has mentored over 36 grad level students in the last decade and has been the undergraduate advisor at the University of Houston for the past several years. He has also offered many workshops on remote sensing methods to geology departments in developing countries. —Paul Mann
Stephen E. Laubach (The University of Texas at Austin): Dr. Laubach is nominated for his outstanding accomplishments and research in the geosciences. His contributions to geologic research are exemplified by his publication record and citations, and especially for his service, leadership, mentorship and research contributions in fracture mechanics, diagenesis and fracture formation in sedimentary basins. —Scott W. Tinker
Charles E. Lesher (University of California, Davis): For innovative studies of the chemistry and physics of magmatic systems with particular reference to physical and transport properties
that impact the differentiation of Earth and the planets. —David Walker
Fulai Liu (Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences): Liu has a proven record as a world-class metamorphic petrologist and is best known for his successful research in
micro-size mineral inclusions in zircons of supracrustal UHP rocks to establish a consistent P-T-time path for a collision orogen of eastern China. This approach was applied to findings of two additional new UHP terranes in China. —Juhn Liou
Donald R. Lowe (Stanford University): Dr. Lowe exemplifies the spirit, character and ethics of a GSA fellow and is one of, if not
the leading, sedimentologists/Precambrian geologists in the world. His reputation as a scholar unraveling the early Archean world is outstanding. His original works on the fluid mechanics of sediment flows in the mid-1970s are seminal papers in the field. —Edward L. Simpson
William R. Lund (Utah Geological Survey): Among Utah’s best geologists, Lund has served for 35 years at the Utah Geological Survey. His awards for publications (over 90) mostly on geologic hazards include: 2009 Utah Governors Medal, 2010 Holdredge (AEG), 2010 and 2016 Frye (GSA), Crawford (UGS, for 2005, 2011, 2014), and 2012 Hintze awards. —Peter D. Rowley
Anna M. Martini (Amherst College): Anna is an aqueous geochemist whose research has contributed to the fields of climate change, environmental contamination, and unconventional natural gas resources. She is widely recognized for her work
identifying the microbial origins of economically significant shale gas deposits and widely respected for her training of future geoscientists. —Tekla A. Harms
Larry G. Mastin (U.S. Geological Survey, Cascades Volcano Observatory): Larry is recognized for his wide ranging contributions to volcanology, primarily focused on the physics of magma ascent and eruption, and the dynamics of volcanic plumes. He has also led the development of a number of software tools used worldwide for volcanic hazards assessment and mitigation. —Mark S. Ghiorso
J. Barry Maynard (University of Cincinnati): Dr. Maynard is one of the world’s leading authorities on sedimentary ore deposits and participated especially in key studies on the origin of manganese carbonate ores. He also coauthored two milestone books on fine-grained clastics and made significant contributions in unravelling controls on heavy metal distributions in modern environments. —Nicolas J. Beukes
David A. McConnell (North Carolina State University):
Dr. McConnell’s research determines effective strategies for teaching geoscience to undergraduate students. He engages
faculty in pursuing collaborative research on geoscience
learning across the country and uses the results of this research
to help them improve their teaching. —Cathryn A. Manduca
Suzanne A. McEnroe (Norwegian University of Science & Technology): Suzanne is nominated for her significant contributions and publications in paleomagnetism, magnetic mineralogy, and magnetic anomalies on Earth and other planets. Her continued research on magnetic properties of hematite-ilmenite minerals has introduced us to an important but previously unrecognized type of remanence called lamellar magnetism. —Laurie L. Brown
Peter P. McLaughlin Jr. (Delaware Geological Survey/University of Delaware): Peter has integrated the knowledge, tools, and techniques he used in private industry into his research, which has resulted in a landmark effort to modernize the hydrostratigraphy, water-use information, and groundwater allocations by aquifer in the state of Delaware. —David R. Wunsch
James McManus (University of Akron): In recognition of Jim’s seminal contribution to the study of biogeochemical cycling within continental margins and lakes, sediment diagenesis, and the classification and use of metals and their isotopes as paleoproxies within ocean and lake systems. —Charles G. Wheat
Jerry X. Mitrovica (Harvard University): Elected to Fellowship
as the 2015 GSA Day Medal recipient.
Andreas Mulch (Goethe Universität Frankfurt): Andreas is a highly creative scientist who has published influential papers on dynamic interactions of the lithosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere through time, including links between continental paleorecords of deformation at different crustal levels, the
evolution of topography, and the co-evolution of life and the
environment. —Donna L. Whitney
Christina A. Neal (U.S. Geological Survey/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory): For application of volcanology to hazard assessment and eruption response and communication of science to government agencies and the public for 25 years at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, as well as for leadership in international North Pacific volcano monitoring and now as Scientist in Charge of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. —Charles R. Bacon
Michael H. Ort (Northern Arizona University): Dr. Ort is a
volcanologist with rare interdisciplinary expertise. He is an exemplary geological educator with a demonstrated commitment to outreach and public engagement. A leader in his research area,
he has also served his professional community through editorial activities, active society memberships, and leadership roles.—Shanaka L. de Silva
David R. Pevear (Exxon Production Research Company, retired): David is nominated for his outstanding contributions to the science of clay minerals, including applications of clays to
petroleum geology, burial diagenesis, and thermochronology, for his dedicated service to the Clay Mineral Society, and for his enthusiastic outreach and mentoring of early career scientists. —Lori L. Summa
George R. Priest (Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industry): Elected to Fellowship as one of the Engineering
and Environmental Geology Division’s 2015 E.B. Burwell Jr. Award recipients.
Carol A. Raymond (California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory): Carol effectively manages and leads spacecraft missions that explore the geology of other planets.
Her own research, focused on the Earth’s seafloor, Antarctica,
and other planets, has been instrumental in our understanding
of planetary magnetic fields and their relationship to crustal structures and tectonics. —Harry Y. McSween
Eric M. Riggs (Texas A&M University): Eric is nominated for
his important research contributions to geoscience education
and to diversity in the geosciences, and for his extensive record
of service to multiple professional geoscientific organizations. —Steven C. Semken
Nancy L. Ross (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University): Nancy has been a pioneer in the study of the atomic-level structures, physical properties, and stabilities of Earth materials under the extreme pressures and temperatures of Earth’s lower crust and mantle as well as of the thermodynamic properties of environmental nanoparticles and their interactions with water. —Gordon E. Brown Jr.
Jeffrey N. Rubin (Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue): Jeffrey is a leader in bringing safety and health issues to the forefront of the geological profession and in bringing preparedness for geological hazards to the forefront of the emergency management profession and the general public. —Jonathan G. Price
Brandon Schmandt (University of New Mexico): Elected to Fellowship as the 2015 GSA Young Scientist recipient (Donath Medal).
Richard A. Schultz (The University of Texas at Austin):
Dr. Schultz for his success and qualities as an internationally recognized educator and researcher in structural geology and geomechanics. He has produced more than 112 papers, six
edited volumes, five book chapters, 300 abstracts, and 60 invited seminars while mentoring three postdoctoral scholars, 25 Ph.D., M.S. students, and three Ph.D. corporate interns. —Haakon Fossen
William H. Schulz (U.S. Geological Survey): Elected to Fellowship as one of the Engineering and Environmental
Geology Division’s 2015 E.B. Burwell Jr. Award recipients.
R. Randall Schumann (U.S. Geological Survey): Elected to Fellowship as one of the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division’s 2015 Kirk Bryan Award recipients.
Eugene S. Schweig (U.S. Geological Survey): Buddy has been a valuable member of the geoscience community for three decades. His contributions span basic research (paleoseismology), applied research, teaching (University of Memphis and beyond), geoscience program leadership (U.S. Geological Survey), and public outreach. I honestly can’t think of a more deserving individual for GSA Fellow status. —Daniel R. Muhs
Carrie E. Schweitzer (Kent State University at Stark): Dr. Schweitzer is a preeminent scholar in paleontology. Her massive research output on fossil decapod crustaceans ranks her as a major scholar in that field and, as a result, she has a global reputation. She translates this into teaching where she instills enthusiasm for geology and research into the students. —Rodney M. Feldmann
Jill K. Singer (State University of New York–Buffalo State):
Dr. Singer is an outstanding leader who has demonstrated a unique depth and breadth in contributions to the growth and improvement of undergraduate research and geoscience education. Her work has impact on her students, the Buffalo State community, the SUNY system, CUR, the geoscience community, and undergraduate geoscience education nationally. —Suzanne O’Connell.
Jan Smit (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): Jan has contributed more to understanding the end-Cretaceous extinction than anyone else: co-discovery of the iridium anomaly, supporting
the impact hypothesis, discovery of impact-melt spherules,
clarifying the stratigraphy of the last dinosaurs, discovery of Chicxulub ejecta at the K-Pg boundary, and studies of K-Pg sites around the world. —Walter Alvarez
Kristen E. St. John (James Madison University): Kristen is a nationally recognized teacher and researcher dedicated to training geoscientists. She is well known for her research as a paleoceanographer and her editorial service with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Her contributions to ocean science research and education make her a role model for students and professionals. —Steven J. Whitmeyer
Daniel F. Stockli (University of Texas at Austin): Dr. Stockli is nominated for his contributions to our understanding of the temporal and thermal evolution of tectonic processes, petrologic systems, stratigraphy, and geomorphology, and his pioneering research on minerals used as chronometers of low temperature geological processes. —Elizabeth J. Catlos
Ellen R. Stofan (NASA): Dr. Stofan is a leading planetary
volcanologist who has made remarkable contributions to science, both in terms of her research and leadership. She currently
serves as the NASA Chief Scientist, a role in which she advises the NASA Administrator and effectively promotes science to the public and to lawmakers. —Louise M. Prockter
Manfred R. Strecker: Elected to Fellowship as one of the 2015 GSA Honorary Fellow recipients.
Susan K. Swanson (Beloit College): Susan Karin Swanson, Professor of Geology at Beloit College and Weeks Chair in Physical and Human Geography, is recognized for outstanding applied research related to elucidating geologic and hydrologic controls on springs and their associated ecosystems as well as
her contributions to the training of geoscientists and to professional societies. —Jean M. Bahr
Jeffrey R. Unruh (Lettis Consultants International Inc.):
Dr. Unruh has had a great impact on the geosciences through a series of over 70 applied geology studies and over 40 peer reviewed publications. His work has ranged from geologic hazards to regional tectonics and geophysics. He has also served as a mentor to colleagues and students. —J. Douglas Walker
David A. Vanko (Towson University): Dave is an exemplary geoscientist, not only as a researcher with a national and international reputation, but one who cares about geoscience education and students as well as educating the community about basic principles of environmental science. He brings vision, enthusiasm, and leadership to every aspect of his professional life. —William J. Fritz
Peter D. Wilf (Pennsylvania State University–University Park): Peter is a paleobotanist who has made foundational contributions in the areas of plant evolution, terrestrial paleoclimatology, and plant-insect interactions. Peter’s careful and wide-ranging work in South America has shone a bright light on the assembly of Gondwanan ecosystems, a critical yet understudied area. —Dana Royer
Sherwood W. Wise Jr. (Florida State University): Dr. Wise (Woody) has had a distinguished career as a geology professor at Florida State University. He continues as leading researcher in calcareous nannofossils. He has been involved in DSDP/ODP
for many years. Woody’s students have had successful careers in academia, geological surveys, and the private sector. —Thomas M. Scott
Dawn J. Wright (ESRI): Elected to Fellowship as the 2015 GSA Bromery Award for Minorities recipient.
Lesley A. Wyborn (Australian National University): Elected to Fellowship as the Geoinformatics Division 2015 Outstanding Contributions in Geoinformatics Awardee.
Michael H. Young (University of Texas at Austin): Dr. Young has achieved distinction worthy of GSA’s Fellowship recognition for significant research contributions on soils and related geologic systems. His research has significantly advanced understanding
of water partitioning near the land surface considering climate forcing and ecosystems. He led the GSA Soils and Soil Processes Interdisciplinary Integration Group. —Bridget R. Scanlon