GSA Fellowship

Elected by Council — April 2020

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 …

Jeffrey M. Amato (New Mexico State University): Jeff Amato is being nominated for GSA Fellow for exceptional scholarship in Structural Geology and Tectonics through his work on Cordilleran tectonics, Precambrian of southwestern North America, and accretionary prism processes as well as student mentoring and service to the society. —Terry L. Pavlis

Paul A. Baker (Duke University): For fundamental research contributions that further understanding of the geochemistry of marine carbonates, the history and dynamics of the South American Summer Monsoon system, and the geologic record of biotic diversification in tropical South America. —Sherilyn C. Fritz

Kathleen Counter Benison (West Virginia University): Kathleen Benison utilizes her training in terrestrial sedimentology and geochemistry to inform astrobiology studies and educate the next generation of geoscientists. Her distinguished academic accomplishments inform her public interactions that raise awareness of the importance of the interdisciplinary nature of Earth and planetary systems. —Francisca E. Oboh-Ikuenobe

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (University of California -Merced): Elected into GSA fellowship as the 2019 Bromery Awardee.

Patricia H. Cashman (University of Nevada, Reno):Pat Cashman demonstrates sustained excellence in core contributions crossing teaching, mentoring, and research in linked disciplines crossing tectonic, structural geology, basin analysis, and energy.  She is among the most compelling and enthusiastic advocates for the value and role of geology in helping to make the world a better place.—George Herbert Davis

Kristen L. Cook: Elected into GSA fellowship as the 2019 Kirk Bryan Awardee for Research Excellence.

Jessica Creveling (Oregon State University): Elected into GSA Fellowship as the 2019 Young Scientist (Donath) Awardee.

Louis A. Derry (Cornell University): Using Isotopic, Major and Trace Element and Modeling Approaches to Integrate the Earth’s Sedimentary and Erosional Record into Robust Geochemical Cycles.—Suzanne Mahlburg Kay

Patrick F. Dobson (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab): Over the last three decades, Dr. Patrick Dobson has made transformative scientific contributions associated with the hydrogeological and geochemical assessment of the subsurface for geothermal energy production and geologic nuclear waste disposal.—Jens Thomas Birkholzer

Stephen Quinn Dornbos (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Stephen Dornbos has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of Cambrian life, environments and evolution. He is best known for his work on spectacularly preserved fossils in Asia. Steve is a professor at the UW Milwaukee, and currently a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Pentagon.—Mark A. Wilson

Mary L. Droser (University California): Dr. Mary Droser is a preeminent scholar of Ediacaran fauna and trace fossils. Her paleoecological and paleobiological studies are the gold standard for analysis of early metazoan life. Droser’s work has advanced our understanding of major evolutionary events, particularly the great radiations of the late Precambrian and early Paleozoic. —Paul M. Myrow

Mostafa Fayek (University Manitoba): Mostafa Fayek’s seminal work on the geochronology of uranium-ore systems has greatly affected the exploration for uranium deposits. He has developed and used a variety of mass spectrometry techniques and coupled these with other spectroscopic methods to study radionuclide migration (e.g., U) associated with ore systems.—Frank C. Hawthorne

Nicole M. Gasparini (Tulane University): I nominate Dr. Nicole Gasparini for election to GSA Fellow for her outstanding and sustained contributions to the understanding of fluvial landscape evolution, leadership in developing open-source software enabling others to engage in landscape evolution modeling, and her efforts to enhance opportunities for women and underrepresented groups in the geosciences.—Kelin X. Whipple

Reynaldo Charrier Gonzalez (Universidad de Chile): Elected into GSA fellowship as a 2019 Honorary Fellow.

David H. Goodwin (Denison University): Professor Dave Goodwin is an exemplary mentor and exceptional teacher and educator. His excitement and commitment to training undergraduate students in the geosciences is outstanding. His service to his profession and the geosciences has been extensive, and his scholarly research in sclerochronology and isotope geochemistry is creative and transformative.—Alan D. Wanamaker, Jr

Madeline B. Gotkowitz (Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana Technological University):For her outstanding applied research related to groundwater management and contaminant transport, her administrative service with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, and her dedication to effectively communicating geologic and groundwater issues with the public.—Madeline E. Schreiber

Stephen E. Grasby (Geological Survey of Canada): For his inspiring and exceptionally broad scientific curiosity; ground-breaking fundamental and applied research contributions in paleohydrology, hydrogeochemistry, geothermal energy, and mass extinctions; leadership organizing logistically-complex and scientifically-successful international Arctic field research programs; and self-less service to professional organizations and mentorship of students and colleagues.—Jennifer C. McIntosh

Brenda L. Hall (University of Maine): Is an internationally recognized expert on the glacial and Quaternary geology of Antarctica and other glaciated areas. From long and repeated field campaigns her reports generate new ideas and move the field along. She strives to invest in the next generation of geologists.—Thomas V. Lowell

Galen P. Halverson (McGill University): Recognized for his forefront contributions to our understanding of the sedimentary and environmental context of early eukaryotic evolution, the eventual emergence of animals, the oxygenation of the atmosphere and deep oceans, and the spectacular climatic catastrophes of the Proterozoic Era. —Bradley B. Sageman

Nigel C. Hughes (Univ California): Dr. Nigel Hughes is a leader in the study of trilobites, applying cutting edge biological concepts to analyze past arthropod development. His studies of Himalayan strata have led to an orogen-wide stratigraphic architecture, which has been used to address major questions of the tectonic and paleogeographic evolution of South Asia.—Brian R. Pratt

Robert D. Jacobi (University at Buffalo): Dr. Robert D. Jacobi, is a dedicated, enthusiastic geologist with diverse expertise and extensive publication record in structure, tectonics, sedimentology, stratigraphy, seismic interpretation, and seismicity in the Appalachian Basin as well as their balanced application to meeting the needs of society.   He has also been a strong supporter of GSA.—Charles E. Mitchell

Darrell S. Kaufman (Northern Arizona Univ.): Darrell Kaufman is nominated for Fellowship for his leadership in international syntheses of Arctic climate, but equally important are his basic research on the glacial and climate history of Alaska, and his development of novel approaches in the applications of amino acid biogeochemistry to a wide array of compelling questions.—Gifford H. Miller

Meredith A. Kelly (Dartmouth College): Professor Meredith Kelly is nominated to 2020 GSA Fellow for her contributions to glacial geology, understanding climate change in the Arctic and high-altitude tropics using field mapping, lake cores, and radiocarbon and Be-10 chronologies, and her contribution to improving the methodology of Be-10 dating using in-situ cosmogenic nuclides.—Xiahong Feng

Venkataraman Lakshmi (University of Virginia): Dr. Lakshmi is nominated for his research into the key processes that control the physics of the land surface and the vadose zone, a vital area of the geological sciences that influences climate modeling, critical zone processes, surface runoff, etc., and his broad contributions to student training and science communication.—Michael Howard Young

Mitchell W. Lyle (Oregon State University): Mitch Lyle is nominated as a GSA fellow for his published contributions to geologic research that document his broad and deep insights into process-based geochemistry, geophysical survey methods informed by understanding sedimentary systems, and leadership in designing and implementing innovative experiments to reconstruct the history and drivers of Earth’s climate. —Marta E. Torres

Stephen B. Mabee (Univ Massachusetts):In his role as the State Geologist of Massachusetts Stephen Mabee has led a distinguished career both as an active researcher but also providing important geologic services to Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He has led and championed numerous state-wide mapping initiatives and has contributed extensively to furthering the use of geologic information for stakeholders.—David F. Boutt

Alfred McEwen (University of Arizona):Elected into GSA fellowship as the 2019 G. K. Gilbert Awardee.

Helena Mitasova (North Carolina State University): For significant and sustained fundamental research, teaching, and applied research/communication contributions to the fields of geospatial science, earth surface processes, and numerical-physical modeling in the geosciences over the course of a career." —Russell S. Harmon

Jennifer L. Pierce (Boise State University) Dr. Jennifer Pierce is recognized for her outstanding record of public outreach and education to raise awareness of climate change and environmental impacts.  She is a model scientist-educator who spreads her knowledge to important groups not typically reached by University professors. —Tammy M. Rittenour

Nicholas Pinter (University of California): Professor Dr. Nicholas Pinter of the University of California at Davis is an excellent geologist with many publications in geology, has been a GSA Member for 30 years, and has extensive internal service to GSA on the GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee.—Robert Hadley Sydnor

Sara B. Pruss (Smith College): Sara is a productive and influential scholar, known for her innovative ideas in paleobiology. She is an extraordinarily energetic mentor, and her lab at Smith is a model for what undergraduate-involved research can achieve, training young women, publishing with them, and putting them on the path to successful careers. And she is sought after as a colleague and leader, raising awareness of geology outside the professional community. —Ronadh Cox

Anne Raymond (Dept. Geol. & Geophysics TxA&M): Anne Raymond exemplifies the balance between service to students, university, and professional societies; and in refereed publications.  She brings out the best in her colleagues, not just in research contributions, but also in her critical questions and comments, focusing their attention on critical, but otherwise overlooked aspects of the problem.—James Clyde Hower

Tracy A. Rushmer (Maquarie University): Dr. Tracy Rushmer is a recognized global leader in her research area, experimental petrology of the earth and planetary interiors. She has served her professional community through leadership in professional societies and editorial activities. She is an exemplary geological educator, with a demonstrated record of student engagement and mentoring.—Shanaka L. de Silva

Katherine Scharer (US Geological Survey): Dr. Scharer’s comprehensive research on San Andreas Fault paleoseismology, application of novel Quaternary geochronology methods to estimate earthquake timing, and commitment to earthquake hazards outreach and education will have lasting impacts in the field of paleoseismology. Her leadership distinguishes her as one of the best in our profession.—Robert C. Witter

Marcia K. Schulmeister (Emporia State Univ.): Dr. Marcia Schulmeister excels at educating geoscientists.  At Emporia State University, she co-founded an online M.S. program, established a research station, and connects to industry to give students experience and research opportunities.  She’s provided leadership for GSA’s SC Section, including serving as chair for its very successful 2010 section meeting. —Susan Stover

Sarah L. Sheffield (University of South Florida): Elected to GSA fellowship as the 2019 Biggs Awardee for Excellence in Earth Science teaching.

Richard L. Smith (US Geological Survey): Dr. Smith is an eminent microbiologist who reaches across disciplines to explore hydrogeologic controls on microbial communities and biogeochemical processes in aquifers, rivers, and lakes.  His expertise, creativity, leadership, and collaborative approach have resulted in new holistic approaches to quantifying transport and reaction of nutrients and contaminants in aquatic systems. —John Karl F. P. Bohlke

David B. Spears (Virginia DMME): David Spears has had a significant impact on the field of geology as a researcher, advocate, and member of the GSA community. He is directly sought for his involvement and expertise, with the ability to translate the complexities of science and making them understandable to policy makers and the public. —Joe Gillman

Robin Strachan (University of Portsmouth): For outstanding contributions to structural geology, to understanding the geology of the Appalachian-Caledonide-Variscan orogen and to the geoscience community as Science Editor of several journals including Geological Society of America Bulletin and the Journal of the Geological Society of London.—J. Brendan Murphy

Dennis Staley : Elected to GSA fellowship as the 2019 E.B. Burwell Jr. awardee.

Donna Surge (University of North Carolina): Dr. Surge is an internationally renowned sclerochronologist and a dedicated educator who blends paleontology, low-temperature geochemistry, paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and archaeology to understand past climates. She has a strong commitment to training the next generation of geoscientists.—David P. Gillikin

Michael H. Taylor (Univ. Kansas): Dr. Michael H. Taylor has made outstanding contributions to our current understanding of continental deformation through creative integration of detailed field mapping with cutting-edge analytical methods in the fields of remote sensing, digital-topographic-data analysis, space geodesy, thermochronology, seismology, and evolutionary biology. —An Yin

Doerthe Tetzlaff (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology): Elected into GSA fellowship as a 2019 Honorary Fellow.

Ashraf Uddin (Auburn University):Professor Ashraf Uddin, Auburn University, is nominated for Fellow of the Geological Society of America for his extensive research on the geology of the Bengal basin, including the geochemistry of arsenic enriched sediments in the basin, as well as his studies of the Carboniferous history of the southern Appalachians. —John W. Geissman

Sally E. Walker (Univ Georgia): Sally Walker’s contributions include outstanding research in paleobiology and taphonomy in settings from Antartica to Ecuador to Iceland; spectacular efforts in teaching, including memorable annual field trips to Sapelo Island; extensive outreach to the public at all levels; and dedicated service in editing journals and books and organizing scholarly meetings. —L. Bruce Railsback

Ray J. Weldon, II (University of Oregon):Ray Weldon has made significant contributions to neotectonics and paleoseismology by combining detailed field studies of recently active faults with analytical work. Much of his research success stems from his exceptional skill at training and mentoring geologists over at least the past 30 years. —Marli B. Miller

Julia Smith Wellner (University of Houston):Dr. Wellner is an internationally recognized marine geologist, having participated in eleven Antarctic expeditions, including as Co-Chief scientist on IODP Expedition 379 to the Amundsen Sea, off West Antarctica, and Chief Scientist for the THOR (Thwaites Glacier) Expedition. She is also recognized as an innovative educator and mentor.—Suzanne O'Connell

Andrew C. Wilcox (University of Montana): Andrew Wilcox’s applied research in fluvial geomorphology builds from fundamental research on hydrology, hydraulics, and sediment dynamics to examine questions relevant to societal management of rivers, including dam removal, environmental flows, the effects of mining contaminants, and numerical modeling of vegetation-sediment interactions in the context of changing river flows.—Ellen E. Wohl