2022 Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award

Presented to Annie Bauer

Annie Bauer

Annie Bauer
Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin


Citation by Mark Schmitz

It is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Ann M. Bauer as recipient of the 2022 Geological Society of America Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science award. Annie’s research is motivated by outstanding questions in the first billion years of Earth’s evolution, including the growth and recycling of continental crust, and the initiation of mobile plate tectonics. Her dissertation work in isotope geochemistry and geochronology explored latest Hadean through Neoarchean crustal processes in rocks of the Acasta Gneiss Complex of Northwestern Canada. The resulting publications describe novel arguments for a global shift in the processes of early crustal differentiation and tectonics encoded in the isotopic composition of both igneous and detrital zircons. Annie’s emerging leadership in the geochronological community follows directly from the impact of this dissertation work and her skills in collaborative scientific inquiry. Please join me in congratulating Annie on this well-deserved honor!


Response by Annie Bauer

I am honored to receive this award and to join the ranks of the incredible recipients. Doris Curtis made substantial research and leadership contributions to our field, and I will continue to look to her as a source of inspiration toward all that I can do to work toward a more inclusive and equitable geoscience community.

I was fortunate to have had substantial and diverse support throughout my PhD. I owe very much to Shuhei Ono, Bruce Nelson, Matt Horstwood, John Stone, and Tim Grove for their exceptional mentorship. I would also like to thank my generous collaborators Jesse Reimink and Tom Chacko for many hours of merriment discussing old rocks, and my partner Ken Ferrier for being my biggest supporter. My sincere thanks to Mark Schmitz, the nominators, and the awards committee for this honor.

I owe the most thanks to Sam Bowring. The importance that he placed on sharing his love of our planet with anyone that he could continues to inspire me.