On behalf of American Geophysical Union (AGU) leaders and staff, section and focus group selection committees, and the entire AGU community, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s section and focus group awardees and named lecturers!

Listed below are scientists, in various stages of their careers, who have been selected by AGU sections and focus groups to receive awards in 2016. Also listed are scientists who were chosen to present lectures under the annual Bowie Lecture Series as well as the Section and Focus Group Named Lecture Series.

The Bowie Lecture was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the fiftieth presentation of the William Bowie Medal, which is named for AGU’s first president and is the highest honor given by AGU. Bowie lecturers in the list below are denoted by asterisks. Named lecturers are designated by sections and focus groups to honor distinguished scientists in their respective fields of science.

We thank all sections and focus groups for giving these honors to their well-deserving colleagues. These awardees/lecture recipients represent some of the most innovative minds in their fields. We recognize their continuing meritorious work and service toward the advancement and promotion of discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.

We look forward to recognizing their achievements at the 2016 AGU Honors Tribute, to be held 14 December in San Francisco.

—Eric Davidson, AGU President-Elect and Chair, AGU Council; and Sam Mukasa, 2015–2016 Chair, Honors and Recognition Committee; email: AGU_Unionhonors@agu.org

Atmospheric Sciences Section

Ascent Award
Alex Hall, University of California, Los Angeles
Christian Jakob, Monash University
Eric Maloney, Colorado State University
Adam Scaife, Met Office Hadley Centre
Susan Van den Heever, Colorado State University

James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award
Yuan Wang, California Institute of Technology

Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award
Karen Rosenlof, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Bjerknes Lecture*
Climate Models and Tropical Cyclones: A Hierarchy of Idealized Models of Tropical Cyclogenesis

Isaac Held, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Charney Lecture*
Making sense of US air quality

Daniel Jacob, Harvard University

Biogeosciences Section

Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring
Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin

Cryosphere Focus Group

Cryosphere Early Career Award
John Paden, University of Kansas

Nye Lecture
Are you pondering what I’m pondering? Time and change in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Christina Hulbe, University of Otago

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group

G. K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes
Christopher Paola, University of Minnesota

Luna B. Leopold Award
Alison Duvall, University of Washington

Sharp Lecture
From Mountain Belts to Mountainsides: New discoveries in tectonic, fluvial, and hillslope geomorphology at three landscape scales

Alison Duvall, University of Washington

Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group

Leptoukh Lecture
Data, data everywhere…

Cynthia Chandler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Geodesy Section

Geodesy Section Award
Emma Hill, Earth Observatory of Singapore

Ivan I. Mueller Award for Service and Leadership
Eric Fielding, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

William Bowie Lecture*
InSAR Geodesy: The Next Phase

Mark Simons, California Institute of Technology

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism Section

William Gilbert Award
Ron Shaar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bullard Lecture*
Exploring Earth
s Magnetic Field Using Satellites—From Oersted to Swarm
Nils Olsen, Technical University of Denmark

Global Environmental Change Focus Group

GEC Bert Bolin Award/Lecture
Interweaving climate research and public understanding

Alan Betts, Atmospheric Research

GEC Early Career Award
William Anderegg, Princeton University

Schneider Lecture
Connecting Climate Science to Policy: from Global Food Production to the US Supreme Court

David Battisti, University of Washington

Tyndall Lecture
Earth from Space: The Power of Perspective

Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado

Hydrology Section

Early Career Hydrologic Science Award
Ciaran Harman, Johns Hopkins University

Horton Research Grant
Noah Jemison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hadley McIntosh, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Katalyn Voss, University of California, Santa Barbara

Hydrologic Sciences Award
Amilcare Porporato, Duke University

Langbein Lecture*
Exploring landscapes and ecosystems by studying their streams

James Kirchner, ETH Zurich

Witherspoon Lecture
Drivers and Effects of Virtual Water Cycling

Paolo D’Odorico, University of Virginia

Mineral and Rock Physics Focus Group

Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award
Heather Savage, Columbia University

Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award
Jeffrey Pigott, Case Western Reserve University
Lucas Pimienta, École Normale Supérieure Paris

Jamieson Student Paper Award
Ting Chen, Stony Brook University
Xintong Qi, Stony Brook University
Xuebing Wang, Stony Brook University

Natural Hazards Focus Group

Natural Hazards Focus Group Award for Graduate Research
Tarsilo Girona, Georgia Institute of Technology

Gilbert F. White Lecture
Slow Onsets, Abrupt Changes, and Fast Reflexes: Learning from Climate Hazards in a Changing World

Roger Pulwarty, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Near-Surface Geophysics Focus Group

GSSI Near-Surface Geophysics Student Grant
Han Deng, Brigham Young University

Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group

Donald L. Turcotte Award
Yavor Kamer, ETH Zurich

Lorenz Lecture
Analytic Theory of Wind-Driven Sea

Vladimir Zakharov, University of Arizona

Ocean Sciences Section

Ocean Sciences Voyager Award
Laurent Bopp, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement

Carson Lecture
Hidden Worlds of Marine Microbes

Virginia Armbrust, University of Washington

Sverdrup Lecture
Detecting anthropogenic climate forcing in the ocean

Susan Wijffels, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture
Acetylene Fermentation: Primordial Biogeochemistry, the Search for Life in the Outer Solar System, and Maybe Some Earthly Bioremediation too

Ronald Oremland, U.S. Geological Survey

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Focus Group

Dansgaard Award
Jerry McManus, Columbia University

Planetary Sciences Section

Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science
Edwin Kite, University of Chicago

Whipple Award and Lecture
Serendipity in the Outer Solar System

John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute

Shoemaker Lecture*
To See a World in a Grain of Sand: Insights into Solar System Formation and Evolution from Isotopic Analyses of Planetary Materials

Meenakshi Wadhwa, Arizona State University

Seismology Section

Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award
Zhongwen Zhan, California Institute of Technology

Gutenberg Lecture*
Seismological Insights on the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary

Karen Fischer, Brown University

Space Physics and Aeronomy Section

Basu United States Early Career Award
Colin Komar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Fred L. Scarf Award
Kok Leng Yeo, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award
Ramon Lopez, University of Texas at Arlington

Sunanda and Santimay Basu Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science
Joseph Olwendo, Pwani University

Nicolet Lecture
A Comparative Look at How Ionospheres Respond to the External Environment

Tom Cravens, University of Kansas

Parker Lecture*
Spectroscopic Exploration of Solar Flares

Tom Woods, University of Colorado

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Focus Group

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Graduate Research Award
Harriet Lau, Harvard University
Joseph O’Rourke, California Institute of Technology

Tectonophysics Section

Jason Morgan Early Career Award
Whitney Behr, University of Texas at Austin

Birch Lecture*
Taking the Pulse of Mid-Ocean Ridges

Maya Tolstoy, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section

Hisashi Kuno Award
Esteban Gazel, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture
Sulfide-Sulfate Equilibria in Subducted Lithosphere, Mantle Redox and the Deep Earth Sulfur Cycle in Space and Time

Dante Canil, University of Victoria
Perspectives on planetary evolution from minor isotopes of major elements
Tim Elliott, University of Bristol

Daly Lecture*
Siderophile Elements in Tracing Planetary Formation and Evolution

Richard Walker, University of Maryland

Joint Award: Geodesy, Seismology, and Tectonophysics Sections

Paul G. Silver Award
Robert Reilinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joint Lecture: Biogeosciences and Planetary Sciences Sections

Sagan Lecture
The Co-Evolution of Life & Environment, and the Astrobiological Quest

Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center

Joint Lecture: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Focus Group and Ocean Sciences Section

Emiliani Lecture
Resolving Some Puzzles of Climate Evolution Since the Last Glacial Maximum: A Melding of Paleoclimate Modeling and Data

Bette Otto-Bliesner, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Joint Student Grant: Atmospheric Sciences and Space Physics and Aeronomy Sections

Dr. Edmond M. Dewan Young Scientist Scholarship for Atmospheric Sciences and Space Physics
Michael Allen, University of Western Ontario

Titles of named lectures were added to this article on 12 October 2016.

Editor’s Note: In response to requests from some honorees, Eos.org has corrected the names and/or affiliations of those individuals in the current article. On 29 June the Nye lecturer, after having been confirmed, was added to this article.

Correction, 27 June 2016: In an earlier version of this article, the wrong named lecture was listed for honoree Tom Woods of the University of Colorado. The article has been corrected.

Correction, 29 June 2016: The Sagan Lecture was listed incorrectly by section in an earlier version of this article. The error has been corrected.


Davidson, E.,Mukasa, S. (2016), 2016 AGU section and focus group awardees and named lecturers, Eos, 97, https://doi.org/10.1029/2016EO054889. Published on 27 June 2016.

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