New GSA Fellows

Elected by Council — April 2017

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 …

Mark H. Anders (George Mason University): Mark Anders has published important papers on diverse topics in structural geology and tectonics, from the evolution of normal fault systems and the paradox of low-angle normal faulting to landslides and the Yellowstone hotspot. — Nicholas Christie-Blick

Robert Charles Anderson (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory): For outstanding service to planetary science and its community, for outstanding research in Mars tectonics, and for excellence in communicating planetary science to the public. —David Allen Williams

Donald F. Argus (Jet Propulsion Laboratory): In recognition of many high impact and pioneering investigations including applications of marine geophysics and tectonic space geodesy that have greatly advanced our understanding of global plate motions and our understanding of the active kinematics and tectonics of the western U.S. —Richard G. Gordon

John C. Ayers (Vanderbilt University): As an experimentalist and analytical geochemist, John Ayers has made critical contributions to understanding of high-temperature among fluids, minerals, and melts, especially with respect to accessory minerals that underpin modern studies of crustal and upper mantle evolution. His work has served to illuminate subduction zone processes and ultra-high pressure metamorphism. — Calvin F. Miller

Rachel J. Beane (Bowdoin College): Rachel is one of the most effective and progressive national leaders in Geoscience Education, notably as co-PI of "On the Cutting Edge" and convener of many of its workshops and webinars. She and her undergraduate students have also made significant contributions to the study of silicic magma systems. —Reinhard A. Wobus

Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College):Through his GigaPan development, online teaching, and public outreach talks and field trips, Callan has made outstanding contributions to geology nationally and internationally. He has demonstrated all of the qualities and quantities of work that we expect of a GSA Fellow. —Declan G De Paor

Andrew T. Calvert (US Geological Survey): For determining the eruptive histories of Quaternary volcanoes through precise argon geochronology integrated with geologic mapping. —Charles R. Bacon

Barbara Carrapa (University of Arizona): Dr. Barbara Carrapa is nominated for her impressive publication record and her major contributions on understanding rock uplift and her integrative regional tectonics approach to understanding mountain belts. —Susan L. Beck

Cinzia Cervato (Iowa State University): Cinzia Cervato is tireless educator and education researcher whose passion for geoscience has inspired students and teachers for decades. —Suzanne OConnell

Matthew Clapham (University of California Santa Cruz): For his seminal contributions on the evolution of invertebrates during the Paleozoic. —James C Zachos

Drew Steven Coleman (University of North Carolina): For outstanding contributions to the field of geochronology, and for outstanding training of students in the lab and in the field. —Allen F. Glazner

John A. Diemer (University of North Carolina at Charlotte): A sedimentary geologist who has studied and published on alluvial channel deposits, John A. Diemer has also contributed to knowledge of the history of the earth sciences, having written major works on Roderick Murchison, served as editor of EARTH SCIENCES HISTORY, and chaired the History and Philosophy Division of GSA. —Sandra Herbert

M. Darby Dyar (Mount Holyoke College): Elected to fellowship as the 2016 Planetary Geology division’s G. K. Gilbert Awardee.

Mark A. Evans (Central Connecticut State University): Mark Evans is a leading authority on the nature and evolution of paleofluids in foreland fold-thrust belts and the interrelationships between fluid flow, diagenesis, paleomagnetism, and both brittle and ductile deformation. He has also excelled in the training of young geologists through classroom experiences and involvement in geological research. —Charles M. Onasch

Russell C. Evarts (US Geological Survey): Russ Evarts has published 27 geologic maps, most of them 7.5’ quadrangle maps in Washington and Oregon, as well as numerous interpretive offshoot journal articles and reports. His rigorous geologic mapping has been foundational for our evolving understanding of the tectonics and volcanism of the Pacific Northwest. — Thomas C. Pierson

Ralph Owen Ewers (Eastern Kentucky University): Ralph Ewers is nominated for his lifelong leadership in applied research in groundwater flow in karst terrains, innovative techniques, teaching geologists, and serving academia and society in a remarkable way. — Gareth James Davies

Jack D. Farmer (Arizona State University): Jack Farmer is nominated in recognition of his rich and seminal research in biogeosciences and astrobiology, his many contributions to planetary exploration, and his work in enhancing public awareness of geology. —Steven Christian Semken

Joan L. Florsheim (University of California Santa Barbara): Dr. Florsheim has more than 25 years of experience as an expert in natural and anthropogenic effects on watershed. She is a strong advocate for student research, brings science to the public through many venues, and serves on several editorial boards. —Nancy Riggs

Martha Scott Gilmore (Wesleyan University): Marty has published widely and influentially in planetary geology. She is an outstanding mentor, training undergraduate and graduate students, publishing with them, and launching them toward successful careers. And she is a leader and valued colleague, attested to by numerous advisory board appointments with the National Research Council and NASA.— Ronadh Cox

Bosiljka Glumac (Smith College): Professor Bosiljka Glumac is an outstanding educator and researcher with boundless enthusiasm for all things geological, particularly carbonates. She is a leader in the sedimentology community and is dedicated to broad advancement of the geosciences. — H. Allen Curran

Steven L. Goodbred (Vanderbilt University): For outstanding research and leadership to understand complex sedimentary geology of delta systems and their special place in human-natural system interactions. —George M. Hornberger

Michael N Gooseff (University of Colorado): Michael N. Gooseff is cited for pioneering critical new areas of hydrogeology in the field of groundwater-surface water interactions and watershed-river water connectivity at all latitudes, and particularly in Polar regions, making important new advancements possible in the fields of geochemical weathering and aquatic ecology.— Judson William Harvey

Mott Greene (University of Washington): Elected to Fellowship as the 2016 History and Philosophy of Geology division’s Mary C. Rabbitt - History of Geology awardee.

Timothy J. Grundl (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Dr. Grundl, a Chemical Hydrogeologist, is a recognized authority on the chemical dynamics of natural water systems, with emphasis on contaminant degradation, and has a distinguished record as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate students in hydrogeology. — Norman P. Lasca, Jr

Stephen E. Haggerty (Florida International University): Stephen Haggerty has made seminal research contributions to a range of geoscience disciplines including: basaltic volcanism, oxide mineralogy, mantle petrology, meteorite petrogenesis, lunar mineralogy and petrology, and most recently, kimberlite, and diamond petrogenesis. Together they represent and remarkable body of work from one of the most innovative and productive scientists. —Michael L. Williams

Ralph Haugerud (USGS): Ralph Haugerud’s publications have expanded our knowledge of Mesozoic-Paleogene tectonics, active tectonics, and Quaternary ice-sheet glaciation in the Pacific Northwest. He is a leader in the use of lidar topography for geologic research and has helped the geologic community standardize the encoding of geologic maps in a GIS. —Darrel Cowan

Shaul Hurwitz (US Geological Survey): Shaul is recognized for his novel research on heat and fluid transport in hydrothermal systems and for his role in linking hydrothermal fluid flow to deformation and other forms of unrest at volcanic arcs and large calderas where public safety is at risk. — William C. Evans

Manuel A Iturralde-Vinent (Sociedad Cubana de Geología): Manuel A Iturralde Vinent was the president of the Cuban Geological Society 2008- 2016. Manuel is very active in geohazard research and prevention about Central America, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Cuba. He has more than 250 publications and has participated in dozens of documentary films about Cuban nature. — Robert J. Stern

Kathleen R. Johnson (University of California Irvine): Elected to Fellowship as the 2016 Bromery Award for Minorities recipient.

Simon Allen Kattenhorn (University of Alaska Anchorage): Dr. Simon A. Kattenhorn demonstrates excellence in research in structural geology and planetary geology, and is a gifted teacher and valued colleague. —Judith Parrish

Adam John Kent (Oregon State University): Adam is recognized for his geochemical contributions to the origin of igneous rocks and magmatism that include sea water influence on submarine volcanism and volatile, trace element and timescales of arc magmatism. Adam is both an outstanding teacher and a mentor of graduate and undergraduate researchers. —John Hook Dilles

Marcus M. Key, Jr. (Dickinson College): For his distinguished contributions to the training of undergraduate geologists in Dickinson College's Department of Earth Sciences. He engages students thoughtfully and energetically, and has them participate and co-publish in his research. Noel Potter, Jr.

Michelle Anne Kominz (Western Michigan University): Dr. Kominz is a leader in deciphering the relationships between seafloor spreading and long-term sea level and the record of sea-level change on the million year scale.— Kenneth G. Miller

Timothy Michael Kusky (China University of Geosciences Wuhan): Timothy Kusky is nominated for his outstanding career of cutting edge research in tectonics, particularly in the origin and destruction of continental crust and the evolution of cratons. He has also carried out a range of applied research in the field of geohazards. —Paul Thornton Robinson

Conrad C. Labandeira (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History) Labandeira has created a unique field of study on the paleobiology and evolution of the plant-insect system, representing most of Earth’s macroscopic biodiversity. He works across the time scale and the continents to integrate his vast datasets into a prolific body of work that substantially advances knowledge. —Peter Wilf Conrad

Neil H. Landman (American Museum of Natural History): Dr. Landman is an active and highly productive researcher in Paleontology. His geologic contributions include Cretaceous biostratigraphy, the paleobiology and morphology of cephalopods, Cretaceous methane mud mound geochemistry, and the K/T boundary invertebrate fauna. He is a dedicated researcher and a valued contributor at many national and international professional meetings. —Royal H. Mapes

Peter B. Larson (Washington State University): Major career-long contributions to the light stable isotope geochemistry of hydrothermal systems and ore genesis, and academic leadership. —John A.Wolff

Kathy J. Licht (IUPUI University Dept Earth Sciences): Kathy Licht undertakes critical field work one of the most harsh climates on Earth--the interior of Antarctica. Her record in both research, publications, teaching, and service to the profession are of the highest standards and thus she deserves the recognition as a GSA Fellow. —John T. Andrews

Mark Little (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill): Elected to Fellowship as a new GSA Councilor

Kelly Hong Liu (Missouri University of Science and Technology): Dr. Liu has been a leader in using seismic data to determine crust and mantle structure. Especially using shear wave splitting and seismic anisotropy to determine the nature of tectonic environments. — Kevin Lee Mickus

Gwendolyn L. Macpherson (University of Kansas): Professor Gwendolyn Macpherson is nominated for Fellowship for her excellent publication record in the geosciences, for which she is well recognized for her diverse contributions to hydrogeochemistry, and for her strong contribution to the training of geology students at the University of Kansas and her valuable service to professional organizations. —Donald O. Whittemore

J. Brian Mahoney (University of Wisconsin Eau Claire): Brian Mahoney has mentored scores of undergraduates at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and has been an active externally-supported researcher in areas of Canadian, northern Rocky Mountain, and Argentine tectonics and sedimentation. —Paul K Link

Florian Maldonado (US Geological Survey): Florian Maldonado is nominated for his outstanding accomplishments and research in the geosciences. His contributions to geologic research are demonstrated by his publication record and citations, and especially for his leadership, mentorship, and research contributions in stratigraphy, volcanism, geologic field mapping, and structural geology. —Peter D. Warwick

David Roland Marchant (Boston University): Through 34 field campaigns to the Antarctic, David meticulously pieced together the landscape evolution of the Transantarctic Mountains and their response to past climate change. His research is instrumental in predicting future impacts of climatic change and using Antarctic analogues for interpreting glaciation of Mars. — Duncan Martin FitzGerald

Carrie Ann Masiello (Rice University): Masiello has made outstanding contributions into understanding the role of organic carbon in soils across Earth’s surface, which impacts a wide range of geoscience and other fields, such as agriculture and climate change. —Gerald Dickens

John E. McCray (Colorado School of Mines): Professor John E. McCray has a long and varied background in hydrogeology and his contributions span many areas of research that include groundwater remediation, groundwater quality impacts from natural phenomenon, and training of graduate and undergraduate students to analyze climate-change issues from a risk-based perspective. —Robert John Sterrett

Patricia Allison McCrory (US Geological Survey): In short, for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of the geology and geophysics of the Pacific Northwest, and the seismic hazards related to the Cascadia subduction zone, I nominate Dr. Patricia McCrory to be a fellow of the Geological Society of America. —Naomi Oreskes

Donald George Mikulic (Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute): Donald Mikulic has been a leader and organizer of some 50 geologic field trips and co-author of about 20 field trip guidebooks or chapters in guidebooks. He has also been at the forefront of fostering public awareness of geology through his work with amateur groups, publications, and open houses. —Joseph Hannibal

Scott A. Minor (US Geological Survey): Scott A. Minor, Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, is nominated for consideration as a GSA Fellow. Scott is a nationally-recognized expert in fault mapping, fault kinematics, and structural and hydrogeologic properties of fault zones in some of the most tectonically active and dynamic terranes in the country. —Randall Schumann

Joseph N. Moore (University of Utah): Joe Moore is nominated for extensive contributions in applied research into geothermal system exploration and resource assessment. These span concept advancement, publication, mentorship and public awareness. —Philip E. Wannamaker

Joseph D. Ortiz (Kent State University): Nominated for his research contributions in paleoclimate, paleoceanography, and water quality. He has pioneered the use of non-invasive, geophysical core and well-logging measurements to reconstruct paleoclimate and sediment properties and has applied novel approaches to quantifying algal and cyanophyte biomass in harmful algal blooms. — Daniel K Holm

David R. M. Pattison (University of Calgary): Dave is one of most highly respected metamorphic petrologists in the world and the leading expert on low pressure metamorphism. He has made seminal contributions to the study of contact aureoles, the Al2SiO5 polymorphs, the thermal structure of the deep crust, and kinetics in metamorphism. —Frank S. Spear

Timothy Scott Paulsen (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh): Tim Paulsen has shown excellence in scholarship through his research concerning Gondwana assembly and breakup with emphasis on Antarctica and in teaching at the undergraduate level with emphasis on field geology. Therefore, it is my distinct pleasure to nominate him for Fellowship in the Geological Society of America. —William Niles Mode

Aaron J. Pietruszka (US Geological Survey): Dr. Pietruszka is nominated for fellowship in the Geological Society of America for his pioneering of new geochemical methods and for his innovative studies of the chemistry and structure of magmatic systems in oceanic volcanoes. —Michael O. Garcia

J. Michael Rhodes (Univ Massachusetts Amherst): Professor J M Rhodes should be elected a GSA FELLOW for: 1- his geochemical studies which provided new constraints on the origin and evolution of Hawaiian volcanoes and 2- providing access to the state of art X-ray fluorescence analytical facility at U. Mass. to geologists from throughout the world. —Frederick A. Frey

William Ian Ridley (USGS): Pioneering work in lunar petrology and petrology of the oceanic lithosphere. Also, for his leadership roles in administrating USGS research teams. — Dennis Geist

Jeffrey G. Ryan (Univ. South Florida): Jeff has significant contributions in geoscience education and through his research on the geochemistry of volcanic rocks at convergent margins. He is an energetic and innovative educator and tireless in his activities at the national level related to improving geoscience education. He has held leadership positions in CUR and NAGT. —Jill K. Singer

Matthew R. Saltzman (The Ohio State University): Prof Saltzman has made seminal contributions to the chemostratigraphy of the Paleozoic providing insights on carbon dynamics, biological diversity, tectonics and climate change. —W. Berry Lyons

Daniel H. Sandweiss (The University of Maine): Elected to Fellowship as the Archaeology division’s 2016 Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology awardee.

Kevin M. Schmidt (US Geological Survey): In recognition of his three decades of influential research and publication on mass transport on mountain slopes as well as diverse applications of surficial processes and mapping to tectonic, ecosystem, and fire-disturbance processes. His publications on these subjects are widely regarded as authoritative and have guided public policy decisions. —David M. Miller

Janet L. Slate (USGS): Janet was nominated for her combination of research contributions, editorial responsibilities and administration of USGS policy regarding scientific quality of information products. —Ren A. Thompson

Aleksey V. Smirnov (Michigan Technological University): Aleksey is recognized for his advances in fundamental rock magnetism and related innovative applications of paleomagnetism to solve geologic problems, especially concerning the nature of the early geodynamo and core. — John A. Tarduno

Catherine Snelson (Los Alamos National Lab): I nominate Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Snelson to GSA Fellowship for distinguished technical and administrative contributions to the Source Physics Experiment, advancing geoscience critical to our national security.—Claudia I. Mora

Scott D. Stanford (New Jersey Geological and Water Survey): For major contributions to the profession through publication of surficial and bedrock geologic maps, high-quality research on Cenozoic landscape evolution and Quaternary geology, and providing information and guidance to geologists, engineers, educators and the public on New Jersey’s geology and ground water resources. —Peter J. Sugarman

David W. Szymanski (Bentley University): Dave has set a high standard in advancing public awareness of geology, particularly in the public policy domain. GSA and geoscience in general have benefitted greatly from his ongoing commitment. —Jeff Rubin

Neil John Tabor (Southern Methodist University): For outstanding contributions to the study of paleosols, paleoclimatology, Paleozoic paleoenvironments, and isotope geochemistry, coupled with exceptional service to GSA. —Nathan Dale Sheldon

Robert S. Thompson (US Geological Survey): Dr. Robert Thompson is a significant contributor to climate science and science leadership. His continental-scale modeling of climate and distributions of plant species is a major paleoecological underpinning for conservation studies in North America and an important contribution to paleoclimatologists and modelers worldwide for assessing the efficacy of climate models. — Eugene S. Schweig

Todd A. Thompson (Indiana Geological Survey): Todd is internationally recognized for his success and long-term commitment to understanding the coastal geology of the Laurentian Great Lakes. In particular, his reconstructions of Holocene-aged lake levels are baseline data for any studies forecasting water levels, understanding glacio-isostatic adjustment, and managing property in the coastal zone. —Timothy G. Fisher

Hari Selvi Viswanathan (Los Alamos National Laboratory): I nominate Dr. Hari Viswanathan as GSA Fellow for his stellar contributions to earth sciences over the past 20 years, his outstanding publication record on theoretical and applied research in geology and hydrology, his generous mentoring of students and peers, and his commitment to enhancing public awareness of the geosciences. —Carl Walter Gable

Alian Wang (Washington University St. Louis): Dr. Alian Wang has made important and impressive contributions to planetary science, especially in the field of Mars relevant hydrous salts that have great significance to Mars hydrologic history. With three Raman spectrometers scheduled to fly to Mars in 2020, her work in Planetary Raman Spectroscopy will help to make great discoveries in Martian surface and subsurface mineralogy, geochemistry, and potential astrobiology.— I-Ming Chou

Cathy L. Whitlock (Montana State University): Innovative paleo-ecologist Cathy Whitlock analyzes pollen and charcoal to explore feedbacks and consequences of fire regimes and vegetation changes in response to climate variability and anthropogenic forcing. Her pioneering work in Yellowstone and the Andes has illuminated vulnerabilities, resilience, and response times of biota to internal dynamics and external forcing. — Douglas W. Burbank

Alan G.Whittington (University of Missouri): Alan has an outstanding record of geoscience research, student mentoring, and service to the geoscience community. — Robert Louis Bauer

Alicia M. Wilson (University of South Carolina): Alicia Wilson is an exemplary hydrogeologist, evidenced by her outstanding service in leadership in the GSA Hydrogeology Division, her publication of high impact papers on groundwater flow in coastal and offshore environments, and her training of students at all levels in science. —Madeline E. Schreiber

Kenneth H. Wohletz (Los Alamos National Laboratory): For his world-class field studies and modelling of hydrovolcanic eruptions; his classified and critical investigations into means and methods for verification and monitoring of participants in the Threshold and Comprehensive Test Ban treaties; and his programming abilities combined with his pioneering use of supercomputer simulation in the earth sciences. —Robert S. Hildebrand

Wenjiao Xiao (Chinese Academy of Sciences): Xiao Wenjiao is the current major authority on the crustal/tectonic evolution of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt on which he has published ~260 papers. As co-author/editor of many books, student mentor, and convener of many international conferences, he is an outstanding, widely-recognized, innovative leader of research in Central Asia. —Brian Frederick Windley