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The 2018 section awardees and named lecturers have been selected. AGU and its leaders wholeheartedly congratulate these awardees!

The selection of our colleagues for these prestigious awards and honors recognizes their sustained and unique contributions to enlightening our understanding of the Earth and its atmosphere and oceans, and of the solar system and exoplanets. The sciences encompassed by AGU are crucial for the health and well-being of our planet’s inhabitants. These honorees have contributed to that health and well-being through their scientific advancements and outstanding service to the science and to AGU.

Among the 24 sections of AGU, there are 65 awards; 21 are for early-career scientists (up to 10 years post-Ph.D.) and six are for midcareer scientists (10–20 years post-Ph.D.). Twenty-seven awards provide named lectureships to further disseminate an awardee’s meritorious accomplishments. Named lectures offered by AGU sections recognize distinguished scientists with proven leadership in their fields of science. AGU inaugurated the Bowie Lecture 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 the organization. The 2018 Bowie Lecturers are denoted by asterisks in the list below. We look forward to attending as many of these lectures as possible at Fall Meeting 2018.

Many thanks to the nominators, nomination supporters, and section leaders, and particularly to the selection committees, for their important work in selecting these well-deserving colleagues. We thank you all for your continued commitment to the AGU Honors Program, and we look forward to recognizing the honorees and their achievements at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, D. C.

—Robin Bell, President-elect and Council Chair, AGU; and Mary Anne Holmes (email:, Chair, Honors and Recognition Committee, AGU


Atmospheric Sciences Section

Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award
Matthew Huber, Purdue University
Yi Ming, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
David M. Romps, University of California, Berkeley
Joel A. Thornton, University of Washington

James R. Holton Award
Angel Francisco Adames-Corraliza, University of Michigan

Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award
Daniel Rosenfeld, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jacob Bjerknes Lecture*
Peter J. Webster, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jule Gregory Charney Lecture*
Paul A. Newman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Future Horizons in Climate Science: Turco Lectureship
Jennifer E. Kay, University of Colorado Boulder

Biogeosciences Section

Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring
Emily M. Elliott, University of Pittsburgh

Cryosphere Sciences Section

Cryosphere Early Career Award
Ludovic Brucker, Universities Space Research Association GESTAR and Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

John F. Nye Lecture
Jacqueline Richter-Menge, U.S. Arctic Research Commission and University of Alaska Fairbanks

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section

G. K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes
Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University

Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award
Jill A. Marshall, University of Arkansas

Robert P. Sharp Lecture
Jill A. Marshall, University of Arkansas

Earth and Space Science Informatics Section

Greg Leptoukh Lecture
Benjamin J. K. Evans, Australian National University

Geodesy Section

Geodesy Section Award
Thomas Hobiger, University of Stuttgart

Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership
Richard S. Gross, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

William Bowie Lecture*
Byron D. Tapley, University of Texas at Austin

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism Section

William Gilbert Award
Lennart V. de Groot, Utrecht University

Edward Bullard Lecture*
Lisa Tauxe, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Global Environmental Change Section

Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award and Lecture
Donald J. Wuebbles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Global Environmental Change Early Career Award
George A. Ban-Weiss, University of Southern California
Rajan K. Chakrabarty, Washington University in St. Louis
Kaiyu Guan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award 
Markus Reichstein, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-Driven and Simulation Science

Stephen Schneider Lecture
Stephen E. Schwartz, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture
Inez Y. Fung, University of California, Berkeley

Hydrology Section

Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award
Yoshihide Wada, International Institute for Applied Systems

Hydrologic Sciences Award
Bridget R. Scanlon, University of Texas at Austin

Walter B. Langbein Lecture*
Dani Or, ETH Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Paul Witherspoon Lecture
Elizabeth W. Boyer, Pennsylvania State University

Horton Research Grant
Frederick Y. Cheng, University of Waterloo
Caio Reis Costa Mattos, Rutgers University
Brianna R. Pagán, Ghent University

Mineral and Rock Physics Section

Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award
Zhu Mao, University of Science and Technology of China

Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award
Earl F. O’Bannon III, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Esther Posner, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universität Bayreuth
Natalia Solomatova, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

John C. Jamieson Student Paper Award
Christopher J. Cline II, NOVA Geotechnical

Natural Hazards Section

Natural Hazards Section Award for Graduate Research
Edward Max Brooks, Northwestern University

Gilbert F. White Distinguished Award and Lecture
Lucile Jones, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

Near-Surface Geophysics Section

GSSI Near-Surface Geophysics Student Grant
William Hardy Kochtitzky, University of Maine

Nonlinear Geophysics Section

Donald L. Turcotte Award
Meredith Plumley, University of Colorado Boulder

Ed Lorenz Lecture
V. Krishnamurthy, George Mason University

Ocean Sciences Section

Ocean Sciences Voyager Award
Andréa G. Grottoli, Ohio State University

Rachel Carson Lecture
Claire B. Paris-Limouzy, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami

William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture
Allan Devol, University of Washington

Harald Sverdrup Lecture 
Raymond Schmitt, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Section

Willi Dansgaard Award
Bärbel Hönisch, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Harry Elderfield Outstanding Student Paper Award
Kassandra Costa, Columbia University

Nanne Weber Early Career Award
Haojia Abby Ren, National Taiwan University

Planetary Sciences Section

Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Sciences
Brandon C. Johnson, Brown University

Fred Whipple Award and Lecture
Philip R. Christensen, Arizona State University

Eugene Shoemaker Lecture*
Carol A. Raymond, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Seismology Section

Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award
Lingling Ye, Sun Yat-sen University

Beno Gutenberg Lecture*
William Ellsworth, Stanford University

Space Physics and Aeronomy Section

Basu United States Early Career Award for Research in Sun-Earth Systems Science
Julia E. Stawarz, Imperial College London

Fred L. Scarf Award
Aleida K. Higginson, University of Michigan

Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award
Patricia Doherty, Boston College

Sunanda and Santimay Basu (International) Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science 
Zama T. Katamzi-Joseph, South African National Space Agency

Eugene Parker Lecture* 
David J. McComas, Princeton University

James Van Allen Lecture*
Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado Boulder

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Section

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Graduate Research Award 
Jie Deng, Yale University
Ross Maguire, University of Michigan

Tectonophysics Section

Jason Morgan Early Career Award
Ylona van Dinther, ETH Zurich and Utrecht University

Francis Birch Lecture*
Carolina R. Lithgow-Bertelloni, University of California, Los Angeles

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section

Hisashi Kuno Award
Leif Karlstrom, University of Oregon

Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture
Timothy Druitt, University of Clermont-Auvergne
Steven Goldstein, Columbia University

Reginald Daly Lecture*
Nicolas Dauphas, University of Chicago

Joint Award: Geodesy, Seismology, and Tectonophysics Sections

Paul G. Silver Award
Harold J. Tobin, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Washington

Joint Prize: Nonlinear Geophysics and Space Physics and Aeronomy Sections

Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize
Robert Bruno, Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali

Joint Lecture: Biogeosciences and Planetary Sciences Sections

Carl Sagan Lecture
Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institution for Science

Joint Lecture: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology and Ocean Sciences Sections

Cesare Emiliani Lecture
Jean Lynch-Stieglitz, Georgia Institute of Technology

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

Edmond M. Dewan Scholarship
Lena Heuscher, University of Alabama in Huntsville


Bell, R.,Holmes, M. A. (2018), 2018 AGU section awardees and named lecturers, Eos, 99, Published on 30 July 2018.

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