Elected by Council — May 2023

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 other GSA members 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.

What their nominators had to say …

Dr. Charles F. T. Andrus (University of Alabama): Dr. C. Fred T. Andrus is an outstanding geoarcheologist, educator, and community member as evidenced by his meaningful contributions to paleoclimate and archeological research, mentorship of students, and efforts at GSA meetings and committees. — David P. Gillikin

Dr. Jennifer G. Blank (NASA Ames/Blue Marble Space): Dr. Jennifer Blank’s scientific achievements include research and discoveries in astrobiology and in generation of prebiotic materials from cometary impacts on planetary bodies. She actively trains and mentors a diverse cohort of international geoscientists and has expertise in administration of multidisciplinary national and international geoscience programs. — Dr. Joan Florsheim

Dr. Brenda B. Bowen (University of Utah): Brenda B. Bowen has made outstanding contributions in the area of public awareness of geology, educating various communities about environmental change due to both natural and anthropogenic causes in salt lakes and desert landscapes, with the aim of understanding geological processes and achieving sustainable land management. — Dr. Kathleen Counter Benison

Dr. Andrea E. Brookfield (University of Waterloo): For her exemplary service in multiple roles, over many years, to the GSA Hydrogeology Division and for sustained efforts in graduate and undergraduate student mentoring. — Dr. Benjamin Jay Rostron

Dr. Matthew E. Brueseke (Kansas State University): Matthew Brueseke is recognized for the breadth of his accomplishments as an outstanding teacher and mentor; a leader in service to GSA and the profession; and a renowned researcher who integrates field and lab methods with quantitative analysis to address problems in igneous petrology, volcanology, geochemistry, petrogenesis, and tectonics. — Prof. Pamela D. Kempton

Keith A. Brugger (University of Minnesota): Dr. Keith Brugger has devoted his career as a geoscientist to bridging knowledge between the study of modern glaciers and the geologic record of past glaciation and attendant climate change. He has significantly advanced scientific understanding in these two areas while creating outstanding opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research. — Dr. Benjamin J. C. Laabs

John Cottle (University of California):John M Cottle has made spectacular scientific achievements in the development of novel laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry and its application to plate tectonics; trained and mentored a cadre of young geoscientists; and made lasting contributions to the administration of geoscience programs and professional organizations. — Bradley R. Hacker

Peter J. Fawcett (University of New Mexico): Professor Peter J. Fawcett combines international field work, “big data”, and extensive modeling to make fundamental discoveries about Earth-surface processes, climate history, and hydrological processes affecting society today, while providing strong academic leadership and promoting diversity. — Richard B. Alley

Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College, Univ London): Dr. Sanjeev Gupta is a renowned sedimentary geologist. His 110+ publications focus on river deltas on Earth and Mars, and the megaflood origin of the Dover Straits. Dr. Gupta is a crucial member of NASA’s Mars rover teams, helping maximize their productivity by coordinating the needs of science, engineering, and management. — Dr. Allan H. Treiman

Dr. David J. Hart (WI Geol. & Natural History Sur): We recognize Dave Hart for outstanding and sustained contributions to promote public awareness of geology. Dr. Hart’s engaging and approachable style underlies his success in support of science-based natural resource management in Wisconsin. His career achievements exemplify excellence in public service. — Madeline B. Gotkowitz

Philip H. Heckel (University of Iowa): Prof. Heckel has made enormous contributions to our understanding of sedimentary processes and cyclic deposition in mixed siliciclastic-carbonate systems. He has expertise in carbonate petrology, early diagenesis, and conodont biostratigraphy. Above all, he is the master of Pennsylvanian cyclothems in the North American Midcontinent and a leader in the chronostratigraphy of Carboniferous rocks globally. — Thomas J. Algeo

Dr. Gregory L. Hempen (EcoBlast, LC):"Greg Hempen has had a distinguished career as an applied Geophysicist. He proved how less commonly used geophysical methods could aid site characterization, hazard mitigation, environmental protection, and research. He was the 2013 GSA-AEG Jahns Distinguished Lecturer, giving over 120 lectures across the United States". — John H. Peck

Dr. Thomas A. Hickson (Univ St Thomas): Dr. Thomas Hickson is a passionate and effective teacher who provides outstanding learning opportunities at the university and national levels. His pedagogical contributions to the geoscience community in sedimentology are exceptional. At University of St. Thomas, he helped create the Environmental Science Program and Department of Earth, Environment, and Society. — Dr. Kevin Theissen

Laszlo P. Kestay (USGS): Laszlo Kestay, an excellent field geologist and modeler, has a sustained record of achievement in understanding planetary volcanism on Earth, Mars and Io. He also was the Science Center Director for the USGS Astrogeology team from 2012-2018, advancing information and data access and promoting diversity and inclusion. — Alfred S. McEwen

Dr. Yvette D. Kuiper (Colorado School of Mines): We nominate Yvette Kuiper for an outstanding career of achievement in the area of structural geology and tectonics. Her impactful work, in a range of orogenic settings, has utilized an array of techniques. Additionally, she has an excellent record of sustained GSA engagement and in undergraduate and graduate teaching. — J. Christopher Hepburn

Dr. Benjamin J. C. Laabs (North Dakota State University): Ben Laabs has made innovations in understanding chronology and climate forcing of Western U.S. glaciation using cosmogenic dating and numerical modeling, and in archiving, assessing, and sharing cosmogenic data. He has made exceptional contributions to GSA meetings, field trips, and leadership, publishing in and editing GSA journals, and early-career mentoring. — Eric M. Leonard

Megan Elwood Madden (University of Oklahoma): Dr. Elwood Madden is an outstanding planetary geochemist who investigates thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical weathering processes on Mars and Earth, and gas hydrate formation and dissociation processes to understand gas clathrates in planetary systems. She is a dedicated educator and mentor, and champion of a diverse geoscience workforce. — Dr. Gerilyn Soreghan

Dr. Elizabeth A. McClellan (Radford University): Elizabeth McClellan, Professor of Geology at Radford University, is recognized for outstanding training of students in mineralogy, petrology, structural geology and geologic mapping; exceptional mentoring of students in field-based research projects; commitment to enhancing diversity in geosciences; and long-term service to the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. — Dr. Madeline E. Schreiber

Dr. Jennifer M.K. O'Keefe (Morehead State University): Jennifer O'Keefe has made fundamental contributions to coal geology, palynology and terrestrial paleoecology. Her pioneering work on fungal palynology and paleoecology gives us a new tool to understand fungal decomposition in terrestrial ecosystems through deep time. Her service as Chair of GSA’s Energy Division and President of AASP is meritorious. — Anne Raymond

Michael E. Oskin (University of California): Dr. Michael Oskin is nominated for his scientific contributions that address outstanding questions in tectonics, neotectonics, paleoseismology, and geomorphology; for leadership in coordinating the recovery of perishable post-earthquake geologic data, and for the development of computational tools that fostered the application of high-resolution topographic datasets to studies of natural hazards. — Nathan A. Niemi

Prof. Susannah M. Porter (UCSB): Dr. Porter’s contributions to the geoscience community, including GSA, are impressive and wide ranging. She drives research at the cutting edge and does it in a respectful, inclusive manner. This research has already, and surely will continue, to be impactful, just as will her influence among younger scientists, including her advisees and undergraduate students. — Dr. Carol M. Dehler

Sarah M. Principato (Gettysburg College): Dr. Sarah Principato’s multitude of exceptional accomplishments in student training and mentorship alone is worthy of recognition with GSA Fellowship. These achievements also speak to her effectiveness in leading academic programs that promote geosciences, and she has a strong record of professional service through organization and participation in GSA meetings. — Dr. Joseph Licciardi

Michael J. Retelle (Bates College): Michael J. Retelle has mentored over 100 undergraduate students with geology honors theses at Bates College in Maine, with over half continuing for graduate degrees and ten of them now serving as deans, research scientists, or Quaternary geology faculty at academic institutions. — P. Thompson Davis

Christie D. Rowe (McGill University): Dr. Christie Rowe is nominated for her ground-breaking contributions to understanding earthquakes and the dynamics of subduction systems through novel observations of the geologic record; for outstanding and selfless mentoring of numerous young scientists; and for her continuing service to GSA. — Darrel S. Cowan

James M. Russell (Brown University): Dr. James M. Russell is a global leader in the fields of tropical paleoclimatology, paleolimnology, and organic geochemistry. He has been an exemplary teacher and mentor. And, he has contributed significantly to the mission of GSA as the founding Chair of the Continental Scientific Drilling Division. — Paul A. Baker

Dr. Scott W. Starratt (US Geological Survey): Dr. Scott Starratt, USGS, is deserving of GSA Fellow under the Professional Organizations category by serving as an officer in Marine and Coastal Geoscience (2022-present) and Limnogeology (2015-18) Divisions, Joint Technical Committee representative (2016-present); technical session convener (12 consecutive years); short course convener; and GSA Special Volume editor. — Dr. Jeffrey R. Knott

Dr. Wanda J. Taylor (Univ Nevada - Las Vegas): Wanda Taylor is a field-based structural geologist who studies faults and their tectonic significance. The implications of her work range from seismic hazards in Las Vegas to the evolution of southwestern Laurentia. She is an exceptional teacher and mentor of both graduate and undergraduate students, particularly in the field. — Dr. Patricia H. Cashman

Dr. Jeffrey H. Tepper (Univ Puget Sound ): Dr. Jeffrey H. Tepper is a distinguished teacher, trainer, and mentor of undergraduates. Jeff has made over 60 presentations at GSA meetings since 1985. Undergraduates were first authors on 33 of these GSA abstracts. Jeff brings awareness of geosciences to our community and has made significant contributions to understanding Cascades arc magmatism from slab rollback and breakoff in the Pacific NW. — Nazrul I. Khandaker

Dr. Jennifer Margaret Wenner (University of Wisconsin): Dr. Jennifer M. Wenner – for her exemplary mentoring of geoscience students, her development of educational tools for the training of geoscientists, her leadership in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and her outstanding service as Program Director in the Division of Earth Sciences at the National Science Foundation. — Dr. Elizabeth W. Boyer

Dr. Rebecca M. E. Williams (Planetary Science Institute): We nominate Becky Williams because of her keen ability to find interesting questions, her capacity for critical thinking, her knack for conducting field campaigns at sites on Earth that are directly applicable to Mars, and to develop coherent, robust hypotheses that stand the test of time. Becky’s field studies integrate sedimentological, topographic, and climatic datasets to investigate sediment transport, deposition, and landscape evolution. Becky has a record of publications and sustained participation in GSA meetings, including a GSA field guide for exhumed fluvial landforms in east-central Utah which is widely used in college/university field trips. — Dr. Catherine Weitz

Sharon A. Wilson (Smithsonian Institution): Dr. Sharon Wilson Purdy’s accomplishments and service are the markers of a leader in planetary geosciences. Her achievements have proven her expertise in Martian fluvial geomorphology, orbital and landed missions, detailed geologic mapping, and field analog research. Dr. Purdy’s fundraising efforts enhanced the Planetary Geology Division’s ability to support students. — Emily S. Martin

Dr. Danielle Y. Wyrick (Southwest Research Institute): Dr. Danielle Wyrick is nominated for Fellowship in the Geological Society of America, due to her excellent and continuing service to GSA, for her training and mentoring of young geoscientists, and for her exemplary scientific achievements. She has been active in GSA Planetary Geology Division leadership and on GSA committees. — Debra Buczkowski