GSA Fellowship

Elected by Council — May 2021

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.

What their nominators had to say …

Timothy Bechtel (Franklin & Marshall College): Elected in to Fellowship as the 2020 recipient of the Public service award.

Gale C. Blackmer (PA State Geological Survey): Dr. Gale C. Blackmer is nominated for GSA Fellow primarily for her activities as the 12th State Geologist of Pennsylvania: management of staff and resources, oversight of projects, relationships with stakeholders, and perhaps most importantly attention to the Pennsylvania Geological Survey’s regard and status as a bureau in state government.
— Helen Delano

Maeve A. Boland (University College Dublin): Maeve has had wide-ranging impact, from geoscience organisations to the US Government. She has provided guidance within and across these groups, and used her platforms to promote awareness of policy issues within the broader geoscience community, as well as helping shape our evolving conversation about ethical behaviour.
— Ronadh Cox

Stephen K. Boss (University of Arkansas): STEPHEN K. BOSS spearheads and serves as a tireless advocate for broadening participation within the geosciences. He is instrumental in the Geological Society of America’s efforts to increase the diversity within our profession and facilitate the inclusion of underrepresented groups.
— Renee Clary

Jason P. Briner (University at Buffalo – SUNY): We recognize Jason Briner's research, including the synergistic merging of benchmark geological records and modelling to provide frameworks for, and test, hypotheses regarding past glacier and ice sheet sensitivity, which informs present understanding. Also, for mentoring, and deepening our understanding of geomorphology, paleoglaciology, and paleoenvironments in the Arctic system.
— Michael Kaplan

Debra Buczkowski (JHU Applied Physics Laboratory): I am writing this letter to nominate Dr. Debra L. Buczkowski for Fellow of the Geological Society of America and has demonstrated an excellent track record in planetary geology. She meets all the criteria for nomination, by her strong publication and winning proposal record, and her continuous service.
— Robert Anderson

Natalie Bursztyn (Univ. of Montana): Natalie Bursztyn is an exemplary geoscience educator devoted to using cutting edge technology and field experiences to increase undergraduate students’ access to the geosciences. Her service to the GSA Geoscience Education Division strengthened the division and GSA’s position as a professional home for high quality geoscience education.
— Nicole LaDue

Victor E. Camp (San Diego State Univ.): Vic Camp is a distinguished teacher-scholar responsible for a series of deeply influential field-based publications on crustal evolution and Cenozoic magmatism in the Pacific Northwest and Middle East over the past four decades, as well as an exemplary record of teaching and student mentoring.
— David Kimbrough

Rosemary C. Capo (Univ. Pittsburgh): Recognized for her high-impact, creative, and technically-demanding research applying solute and isotope chemistry to fundamental and applied problems in geosciences; self-less and successful mentoring of geoscience students and junior faculty; and skilled and dedicated leadership in professional organizations.
— Jennifer McIntosh

Eric C. Carson (Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey): Eric Carson is a very successful and well-regarded geomorphologist and Quaternary geologist. In particular, he has, and is, making substantial contributions to our knowledge of geomorphic processes in the Uinta Mountains in Utah and the Driftless Area of Wisconsin through his publications, many GSA presentations, and public outreach.
— David M. Mickelson

John A. Chermak (Virginia Tech.): For his outstanding training of geologists at Virginia Tech, his applied research on environmental issues related to mining in the U.S. and abroad, and his contributions to GSA within the Geology and Society Division and Geology and Public Policy Committee.
— Madeline Schreiber

Jeffrey A. Coe (US Geological Survey): For sustained and comprehensive applied research, leadership, and civil service related to wide range of geological processes and problems, including landslide and debris-flow initiation, mobility, frequency, and magnitude, paleoseismology, geochronology, and structural geology. Jeff is a mentor and inspiration to a great number of scientists in the U.S. and abroad.
— Dennis Staley

J.V. Degraff (Michigan Technological Univ.): Elected into Fellowship as the 2020 recipient of the E.B Burwell Jr.Award

Carlota Escutia (Spanish Research Council): Elected into Fellowship as a 2020 Honorary Fellow.

David A. Ferrill (Southwest Research Institute): Dr. David A. Ferrill is nominated for GSA Fellow in recognition of his outstanding research contributions in structural geology focused on understanding deformation processes and their consequences. His extensive publication record is based on international applied geological research spanning hydrocarbon exploration, groundwater resources, natural hazard assessment, and planetary research applications.
— Ronald Green

Dru J. Germanoski (Lafayette College): Dru Germanoski of Lafayette University is being nominated for GSA Fellowship based on three decades of distinguished and award-recognized training of geologists, his two decades of selfless administrative leadership of academic geological programs, his high impact, transformative scholarship on alluvial channels, and service to the Society.
— Frank Pazzaglia

Laura Giambiagi (CONICET): Elected into Fellowship as a 2020 Honorary Fellow.

Mickey E. Gunter (University of Idaho): Over his long career, Mickey Gunter has been a leading educator, advisor, and book author; led seminal research in the field of optical mineralogy; contributed to public health through his work with asbestos minerals, and served our profession as conference organizer, journal editor, and organizational leader.
— M. Dyar

James A. Heller (ADEM): James Heller is a leader promoting the value of professional geologist licensure through preparatory workshops, the Alabama’s Board of Licensure, at ASBOG, and through GSA. His strong GSA service includes Geology & Public Policy Committee, Geology & Society Division Board, advisory and award committees, topical sessions, and hosting guest lecturers.
— Susan Stover

José M. Hurtado, Jr. (The University of Texas El Paso): José Hurtado is an exceptional trainer of geoscientists, not only as a university professor but also as a trainer of astronauts and NASA personnel as well as outreach activities promoting diversity in the geosciences. He has mentored many students at all levels, including many from underrepresented groups.
— Terry Pavlis

John M. Jaeger (University of Florida): Dr. Jaeger is an exceptional member of the Marine and Coastal Geoscience Division of GSA who known for quantitative studies of sedimentary processes from source to sink. His contributions illuminate the role of the cryosphere in sedimentary systems. He is a gifted teacher, mentor, and international leader in scientific drilling.
— Sean Gulick

Tamie Joy Jovanelly: For her applied research in the fields of water quality, water resources, and environmental hydrology in locations around the globe, and her dedication to undergraduate geology education stressing extensive mentoring, active classrooms, field experiences, and research opportunities.
— Laurie Brown

Ian P. Madin (OR Dept Geol & Minerals): Ian Madin is one of the best geologists in the state of Oregon. He has been the main geologist at our state geological survey for over 25 years. He is a specialist here in geological hazards and communication of them to the public. He helps the public and professionals alike!
— Scott Burns

MaryAnn Love Malinconico (Lafayette College): Dr. MaryAnn Malinconico is nominated for having an outstanding 30+ year record of serving the Geological Society of America in a leadership capacity, being a compelling advocate to promote geosciences, and a contributor to the understanding of Appalachian tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution.
— Nazrul Khandaker

Lindsay J. McHenry (Univ. Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Lindsay J. McHenry is a tephrostratigrapher, geoarchaeologist, volcanologist, and planetary geologist who fingerprints highly altered volcanic ash beds at important paleoanthropological sites in Tanzania to establish high-resolution stratigraphic frameworks and characterizes hydrothermally- or saline-alkaline fluid-altered volcanic materials to aid in understanding the evolution of the Martian surface.
— John Isbell

Jeffrey M. McKenzie (McGill University): Professor Jeffrey McKenzie is a highly productive and accomplished Earth scientist and a long-time, committed member of the Geological Society of America. His diverse contributions include innovations and leadership in Arctic groundwater research, tirelessly advocacy for the Earth sciences, and training of the next generation of hydrogeologists.
— Galen Halverson

Abhijit Mukherjee (Indian Institute of Technology): Abhijit Mukherjee has distinguished himself through publication of results of geologic research and applied research. Through field, laboratory, and numerical studies, he has made substantive contributions to understanding geogenic arsenic globally and groundwater resources in the Indian subcontinent, which have practical implications for the health and well-being of millions.
— Alan Fryar

Julie Newman (Texas A&M University): Julie Newman is a uniquely capable observer and interpreter of microstructures in naturally and experimentally deformed rocks, and has contributed significantly to our understanding of deformation in mantle and crustal rocks. Her work on Strabospot, the digital datasystem to organize and share structural data, illustrates some of her community service.
— Basil Tikoff

Jeffrey Oslund (Tirohanga Energy): Jeff Oslund is vice-chair of the GSA Foundation Board of Trustees. He was co-chair of the successful GSA Campaign for the Future and now leads the new Lowell Program for field camp scholarships. His tireless endeavors for students, professionals, and the Society demonstrate his worthiness of being a GSA Fellow.
— Wes Ward

Joel L. Pederson (Utah State Univ.): Joel Pederson has been nominated for his outstanding contributions to student training, geoscience education and outreach, and program administration through excellence in teaching, development of innovative programs, procedures, and assessment, and development of educational materials.
— Sarah Sheffield

Shanan E. Peters (University of Wisconsin-Madison): The record of biological evolution and the processes that shaped our planet are preserved in sedimentary rocks. Dr. Peters is a paleobiologist and sedimentary geologist who engages with computational approaches to vast data sets, uniquely positioning him to show how Earth is a product of geologic processes and events.
— Judith Parrish

Michael Patrick Poland (US Geological Survey): Michael P. Poland is recognized for his outstanding leadership, research, outreach and mentoring contributions that have resulted in increased public safety and awareness to volcano hazards.
— Shaul Hurwitz

Peir K. Pufahl (Queen Geological Sciences): Professor Peir Pufahl is an internationally recognized expert on the deposition and diagenesis of bioelemental sediments, including cherts, phosphates, and ironstones. He has researched and published on Precambrian to modern deposits globally. A renowned thinker, teacher, mentor, and journal editor he is sought after by industry and research funding agencies.
— Noel James

Jay Pulliam (Baylor University): Dr. Pulliam has been a leader of training geologists and nongeologists in the field of field and theoretical seismology. His work has used seismology to solve geological problems involving the crust and mantle in North American and the Caribbean regions.
— Kevin Mickus

Frank C. Ramos (New Mexico State University): Dr. Frank Ramos is recognized for his contributions to novel sample preparation and mass spectrometry techniques that have enhanced understanding of the evolution of magmas, for his extraordinary contributions to the training of students and as a positive role model, and for his leadership and service to the geosciences community.
— Wendy Bohrson

Peter D. Roopnarine (California Academy Sciences): Dr. Roopnarine’s scholarship focuses on understanding the evolution of ecological systems viewed through the lens of paleontology, deep time, and complex system dynamics. He curates a world-class research museum collection, and is dedicated to public outreach and engagement. Peter is also deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in geosciences.
— David Gillikin

Michael C. Rygel (SUNY Potsdam): Mike Rygel was the 2010 Biggs Awardee, an honor recognizing his exemplary work in geoscience education. His public outreach, recruitment of majors, and research mentorship all exemplify the best in our profession.
— Callan Bentley

Mark D. Schmitz (Boise State University): Mark Schmitz' nomination reflects innovative and widely recognized research in radioisotopic geochronology. His work has advanced the fundamental systematics of U-Pb dating and its application to myriad geologic phenomena, including calibration of the most widely used geologic time scale. Moreover, Mark is an effective advocate and teacher of geochronology.
— Brad Singer

Paul A. Schroeder (University of Georgia): Paul Schroeder’s contributions include outstanding research and publication on clay minerals and more generally nanoparticles in the critical zone; sustained and admirable administration of the Department of Geology of the University of Georgia, spectacular efforts in teaching, extensive outreach to the public at all levels, and organization of scholarly meetings.
— L. Railsback

Richard A. Schweickert (University of Nevada – Reno): Professor Emeritus Richard A. Schweickert is an excellent scholar and field geologist, who has also provided significant service to the profession and the educational endeavor. His grandest achievement has been synthesis of the complex Mesozoic history of the Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada.
— Raymond Ingersoll

Michael S. Smith (University of North Carolina): In three decades of teaching, Michael instructed, advised, and mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in subjects ranging from physical and historical geology to petrology and paleontology. Even in “retirement,” Michael continues to be active in the geoscience community through service to GSA and consulting.
— David Spears

Christopher Spencer (Queen’s University): Elected in Fellowship as the 2020 recipient of the Young Scientist (Donath Medal) Award.

Greg M. Stock (Yosemite National Park): Dr. Greg M. Stock serves as Park Geologist for Yosemite National Park. He has dozens of publications in rockfalls and Quaternary glaciation of Yosemite Valley. Dr. Stock has served as an external committee member for 10 Masters and 5 PhD geology students. He has extensive internal service to GSA as an Associate Editor and Reviewer.
— Robert Sydnor

Deborah J. Thomas (Texas A&M University): Debbie Thomas has enjoyed a distinguished career as a scientist, profoundly contributing to our understanding of past ocean and atmospheric circulation. Her passion, talent, and drive with respect to the administration of geological programs has led to becoming a national leader of the geosciences as Dean at Texas A&M.
— Franco Marcantonio

Jolante W. van Wijk (New Mexico Tech.): For sustained contributions to advancing understanding of the continental lithosphere and the processes shaping continental and oceanic rifts, and for selfless contributions to community geodynamic computing infrastructure and to public science education.
— Dennis Harry

Bridget Wade (University College London): Bridget Wade is being nominated for GSA Fellow for her exceptional and sustained contributions to Cenozoic micropalaeontology and biochronology. Wade’s research on the taxonomy, calibration of bioevents and geochemical signatures of planktonic foraminifera has advanced our knowledge of biotic response and paleoceanographic change.
— Kevin Pickering

Timothy S. White (Penn State): Nominated for extensive and ongoing research contributions in sedimentary geology through the application of the tools of isotope geochemistry, organic petrology, sequence stratigraphy, palynology, and geologic mapping, as well as for significant support to the study of critical zone processes.
— Ira Sasowsky

Greg C. Wiles (College of Wooster): Professor Greg Wiles is a prominent dendrochronologist and geomorphologist with many significant contributions to climate change research. He is also an inspiring teacher who has recruited many students into the Earth Sciences. He is an effective mentor with large numbers of undergraduate students who author publications and enter graduate school.
— Mark Wilson

Crayton J. Yapp (Southern Methodist Univ.): Crayton Yapp is being nominated for his fundamental research contributions to stable isotope geochemistry in low-temperature systems as diverse as land snail shells, modern and fossil plant cellulose, and iron oxy-hydroxides. Dr. Yapp also has contributed substantially to the growth and development of an entire generation of stable isotope geochemists.
— Neil Tabor

Shihong Zhang (China University of Geoscience): Dr. Shihong Zhang’s outstanding contributions to paleogeographic reconstruction improve our understanding of the position of North and South China in supercontinents Nuna and Rodina. His studies on cyclostratigraphy help refine the time scale of critical geological events in Earth history.
— Ganqing Jiang