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 …

Kenneth D. Adams (Desert Research Institute): Dr. Kenneth D. Adams is an outstanding field geoscientist who translates his observations of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology of ancient and extant lakes in the Great Basin and elsewhere into exciting new approaches to paleoclimate and landscape reconstructions, including water depth, wind strength, wave height, and effects of isostatic rebound. — Marith C. Reheis

Laurie C. Anderson (SD School of Mines & Technology): Dr. Anderson’s contributions to the geoscience community include new discoveries in paleobiology and taphonomy, education and mentorship of the next generation of geoscientists, active engagement in professional societies, and supporting early-career and female academics. She is a dedicated teacher, academic, and mentor in the field and lab.— Sarah Wheeler Keenan

Pranoti M. Asher (American Geophysical Union): Pranoti Asher is an exemplar of scholarship, service, and dedication to broadening participation and advancing inclusion of all people in Geosciences. We honor her decades of service and leadership in GSA, Association for Women Geoscientists, Council for Undergraduate Research, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and the American Geophysical Union.           — Stephen K. Boss

José Rafael Barboza-Gudiño (Instituto de Geología UASLP): The attainment of Fellowship by Dr. Jose Rafael Barboza-Gudiño recognizes his important contributions to the fields of regional geology, stratigraphy, and tectonics of northeastern Mexico, his capable development of a distinguished geology program at the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, and his training of future geoscientists.— Timothy F. Lawton

Jaime D. Barnes (University of Texas): Jaime has made seminal contributions to understanding subduction-zone processes through novel application of halogen and stable-isotope geochemistry to components of subduction systems: downgoing altered oceanic crust, overlying metamorphic rocks, and arc volcanic rocks. She also is exemplary in promoting the involvement of women in cutting edge science and science education. — William P. Leeman

Paul A. Bedrosian (United States Geological Survey): Paul Bedrosian has made fundamental contributions to basement mapping and tectonics, to mineral and groundwater resource studies, and to volcano, seismic and geomagnetic hazards understanding through application of electromagnetic geophysical methods, principally magnetotellurics (MT). His works have been published in top journals and he has mentored numerous young professionals. —              Philip E. Wannamaker

Andrew M. Bush (University of Connecticut): We recognize Andrew M. Bush, invertebrate paleontologist and paleoecologist, for developing elegant, quantitative approaches to illustrating patterns and processes in the history of marine life, which have informed present understanding of how environmental changes interact with the ecological and physiological traits of organisms to drive changes in diversity. — Tracy D. Frank

Christopher G. Daniel (Bucknell University): Chris Daniel is a highly regarded, versatile metamorphic petrologist whose impactful papers, field trips, and presentations have, for example, led to significant revision of the Proterozoic tectonic history of New Mexico with implications that extend across Laurentia. He has shown deep commitment to and engagement with GSA’s mission. — Mary Beth Gray

Saugata Datta (University of Texas at San Antonio): We are nominating Dr. Saugata Datta for GSA Fellowship based on his exemplary long-term service and leadership for the GSA and other professional organizations, his extensive and widely recognized scientific achievements, his distinguished service to his university, and his enduring commitment to developing future geoscientists. —Jeff Rubin

Andrew P. de Wet (Franklin & Marshall College):  For outstanding service as a fine teacher and exceptionally inspiring mentor in research of so many students in geology, planetary science and environmental science; for his innovative application of GIS and remote sensing to research and education in these fields; and for his valuable contributions to GSA programs, notably in planning and leading field excursions and meetings. —  Roger D. K. Thomas

Paul K. Doss (University of Southern Indiana): Professor Paul Doss is an ardent proponent of incorporating geoscientific knowledge into sound public policy, as evidenced by his leadership on GSA Committees and as a GSA Visiting Scholar on Geology and Public Policy.  He also has demonstrated exemplary and innovative student education and mentorship in geohydrology and environmental studies.       — Lisa A. Morzel

Eva Enkelmann (University of Cincinnati): Dr. Enkelmann is a top scientist in the field of thermochronology.  She has published landmark papers on interactions of erosion and tectonics; has served GSA well; and has been an excellent student mentor. — Terry L. Pavlis

Andrea Festa (University of Torino, Italy): Nominated as GSA Fellow for his systematic and quantitative studies and classification of on–land and submarine subduction–accretion complexes and mélanges around the globe, his high–impact and transformative papers on these subjects, and his service to the Society. —Yildirim Dilek

Bonnie Fine Jacobs (Southern Methodist University): Bonnie Jacobs is nominated for GSA fellowship for her pioneering work in paleobotany, notably on grasslands and the fossil floras of Africa; for mentoring numerous young scientists, especially women; for establishing Environmental Science programs at Southern Methodist University; and for staunch perseverance in the face of adversity. — Ellen Currano

Alicia Kahn (Chevron Corporation): Alicia Kahn’s dedicated service in professional societies and community outreach encompasses GSA student members through GeoCareers, Women in Geology, and Drop-in Mentoring at GSA Annual Meetings.  Her ability to balance professional and family life, plus outreach, make her an excellent role model, especially for students and early career professionals. — Miriam E. Katz

David T. King, Jr. (Auburn University): Dr. King’s three main areas of distinction are:  Work with Wetumpka crater, spanning 25 years, establishing a bona fide crater, and yielding many papers, theses, and research grants;  stratigraphic work in Belize making him the leading expert there; and 30 years studying Alabama coastal plain that is of enduring value. — Ashraf Uddin

Kurt O. Konhauser (University of Alberta): Kurt Konhauser is an international leader in geobiology. He uniquely integrates biological experiments and geological analyses to illuminate the interplay of life and environments on the early Earth. He had the vision to establish and now direct geobiology’s journal, society, and conference, and his prolific mentorship helps ensure its future. — Rowan C. Martindale

Jade Star Lackey (Pomona College): Jade Star excels at combining field study, precise analytical work, and teaching. He is a shining example of how two of GSA’s nomination categories, scientific achievement and training and mentoring of geoscientists, can be, and should be, intertwined. — Allen F. Glazner

Rebecca A. Lange (Univ. Michigan): Dr. Rebecca A. Lange should be elected a Fellow for her contributions to the thermodynamic properties of magmas and her leadership in Earth science programs and organizations.— Youxue Zhang

Nathaniel A. Lifton (Purdue University): Nat Lifton is a global leader in cosmogenic nuclides, widely recognized for his pioneering work developing reliable extraction methods for in situ 14C from mineral grains, and for his work modeling cosmogenic nuclide production rates, which serves as a benchmark for calculating exposure ages and other cosmogenic nuclide applications globally. — Darryl E. Granger

Glen S. Mattioli (UNAVCO Inc.): For quantifying tectonic and magmatic systems in the Caribbean region and elsewhere through deployment and application of advanced techniques in geodesy, for excellence in teaching and mentorship, and for admirable administrative leadership at Universities, at NSF and in UNAVCO. — Barry Voight, PG

Rodney V. Metcalf (University of Nevada Las Vegas): Dr. Rodney V. Metcalf is a Professor Emeritus, after 30 years at UNLV. His exemplary service to GSA, geo-administration, science-communication, and volcanic-plutonic, ophiolite, and asbestos research is remarkable. His rock-solid ethics, exceptional intelligence, and caring attitude make him one of the very best colleagues anyone could ever hope to have. — Brenda J. Buck

Joseph Michalski (University of Hong Kong): Dr. Joseph Michalski should be elected Fellow of GSA for forging novel and paradigm-shifting theories about Mars in the areas of volcanism, climate history, and a potential deep biosphere, for mentoring and training young planetary scientists, for thoughtful leadership of geoscience programs, and for service to GSA and our community. — Janice L. Bishop

Ingrid Padilla (Univ of Puerto Rico): For her sustained research contributions to understanding groundwater flow and contaminant transport in karst aquifers with its implications for the protection and remediation of drinking-water resources and for her leadership of interdisciplinary collaborative efforts to explore human-health outcomes of exposure to contaminated groundwater. — Dorothy J. Vesper

Sandra Passchier (Montclair State University): Dr. Sandra Passchier is a leading Antarctic sedimentologist whose extensive research highlights Cenozoic paleoclimate change.  She has accomplished this work while training and mentoring a diverse group of future scientists. — Suzanne OConnell

Jeffrey B. Plescia (Johns Hopkins University / APL): Dr Jeff Plescia has served the geoscience community over an illustrious career. Besides his excellent and long scientific research record, he has contributed to helping GSA conferences attract an annual gathering of international experts in the field of impact cratering, inspiring many early-career scientists who have attended these sessions. — Christian Koeberl

Rene M. Price (Florida International Univ.): For her outstanding research contributions to understanding groundwater—surface-water interactions in the Florida Everglades and the role of sea-level change in modifying the hydrological and biogeochemical environment and for her support and training of minority students in hydrogeology to prepare a new generation of professionals addressing pressing environmental concerns. — Janet S. Herman

Mark K. Reagan (Univ Iowa): Mark is nominated for outstanding contributions to scholarship over a 40-year career in Earth Science.  He has published 94 papers in peer reviewed journals and is internationally recognized for his expertise in subduction-related magmatism and the application of Uranium-series dating to a broad range of geoscience problems. —Charles Thomas Foster, Jr.

Jason A. Rech (Miami University): Jason Rech is nominated for GSA Fellowship for his work on geologic deposits associated with springs and wetlands in desert environments of the Americas and Near East, radiocarbon dating and stable isotopes of gastropod shells, and the uplift of the Andes and evolution of the Atacama Desert. — Jeff Pigati

Michael Savarese (Florida Gulf Coast Univ.): Michael Savarese (Florida Gulf Coast University): Mike Savarese is an outstanding geosciences educator in every respect. His sustained leadership service and multi-media outreach to the Southwest Florida community on the issues of climate change preparedness, sea-level rise, and coastal adaptation has been and continues to be an invaluable asset for the entire region. — H. Allen Curran

Elizabeth R. Schermer (Western Washington Univ): Dr. Elizabeth Schermer has had a distinguished career of research, training and mentoring of undergrads and graduate students, and of service to GSA.  She has served in leadership positions for the Division of Structure and Tectonics, she has led GSA field trips, and she has chaired numerous sessions.  She has been a regular attendee of annual and section meetings of GSA.  Her accomplishments make her highly deserving of the distinction of Fellow. — Mary S. Hubbard

Alan L. Smith (California State Univ): Dr. Alan L. Smith is an outstanding geologist, valued colleague, and major contributor to the geological community for over fifty years. He is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the world on Caribbean volcanic history and processes, publishing widely and involving many students in this work. — Joan E. Fryxell

James A. Spotila (Virginia Tech): For research and teaching in active tectonics, notably the behavior of continental deformational systems, the interaction of tectonics and surficial processes, and the impact of tectonics on society. Specifically for studies of transpressive strike-slip systems, the processes that control glacial erosion, and landscape development of landscapes in ancient orogens. — Lewis A. Owen

Caroline A. E. Stromberg (University of Washington, Seattle): Caroline Strömberg is nominated for GSA fellowship for founding a new field of research using phytoliths to investigate fossil floras and ecosystems, for fundamental research on grasses and grassland evolution, for mentoring numerous young scientists, and for outreach to high school and middle school girls with an interest in science. — Matthew J. Kohn

Pieter T. Visscher (Univ Connecticut): Pieter Visscher has made commendable contributions in carbon biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, and marine sedimentology. He is active member of GSA for 15 years, and has presented regularly at GSA meetings. More so, Pieter has successfully trained many students and peers. — Nora Noffke

Catherine Weitz (Planetary Science Institute): Dr. Catherine Weitz should be elected as a Fellow of GSA for her innovative, revolutionary, and influential discoveries on the geology of Mars, the Moon, and Venus, including work on missions, research, and publications, as well as for her support of GSA and contributions to the planetary science community. — R. Aileen Yingst

Nancy S. Williams: During eight years (2013–2021) as Secretary of the North-Central Section of GSA, Nancy Williams has not only kept the section on an even keel in trying times but has overseen the doubling of the Section Endowment, which will provide more funds for student grants and travel in the future. —Joseph T. Hannibal

Doug Yule (California State University, Northridge):has a distinguished teaching and research career.  He taught across the curriculum, sustained the field program, and sought opportunity for underrepresented students.  His research established constraints on the kinematics, earthquake history, and seismic potential of the San Andreas and other faults. — Andrew Meigs