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The 2019 section awardees and named lecturers have been selected, and AGU staff, leaders, and selection committees wholeheartedly congratulate these awardees!

Our colleagues have been selected for these prestigious honors for their sustained and unique contributions to advancing our understanding of Earth, its atmosphere and oceans, and planets and astral bodies beyond our own. The sciences encompassed by AGU are crucial for the health and well-being of our planet’s inhabitants. These awardees have contributed to both that understanding and the planetary health and well-being through their scientific advancements and outstanding service to the science and to AGU.

This year’s cohort of awardees reflects the diversity that is integral to the Earth and space sciences. Among the 25 sections of AGU there are 65 such awards; 21 are for early-career scientists (up to 10 years post-Ph.D.) and 6 are for midcareer (10 to 20 years post-Ph.D.). Twenty-seven awards provide named lectureships that offer unique opportunities to highlight the meritorious accomplishments of the awardees. AGU inaugurated the Bowie Lecture in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie Medal, which is named for AGU’s first president and is the highest honor given by the organization. In the list below, asterisks denote Bowie lecturers. Named lectures offered by AGU sections recognize distinguished scientists with proven leadership in their fields of science. We look forward to attending as many of these lectures as possible at Fall Meeting 2019 and encourage everyone to mark their calendars with these events.

Many, many thanks to the nominators, nomination supporters, section leaders, and, particularly, 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. We look forward to recognizing the honorees and their achievements at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2019 in San Francisco, Calif.

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


Atmospheric and Space Electricity Section

Benjamin Franklin Lecture
Joseph R. Dwyer, University of New Hampshire


Atmospheric Sciences Section

Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award
Francina Dominguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer G. Murphy, University of Toronto
David Noone, Oregon State University
Armin Sorooshian, University of Arizona
Rainer M. Volkamer, University of Colorado Boulder

James R. Holton Award
Nadir Jeevanjee, Princeton University

Yoram J. Kaufman Outstanding Research and Unselfish Cooperation Award
Allen H. Goldstein, University of California, Berkeley

Jacob Bjerknes Lecture*
Cecilia M. Bitz, University of Washington

Jule Gregory Charney Lecture*
Neil McPherson Donahue, Carnegie Mellon University

Future Horizons in Climate Science: Turco Lectureship
Alex Hall, University of California, Los Angeles


Biogeosciences Section

Thomas Hilker Early Career Award for Excellence in Biogeosciences
Kimberly A. Novick, Indiana University Bloomington

Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring
Rebecca T. Barnes, Colorado College

William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture
Colleen Hansel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Cryosphere Sciences Section

Cryosphere Early Career Award
Natalya Gomez, McGill University

John F. Nye Lecture
Helen Amanda Fricker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego


Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section

G. K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes
Kelin X. Whipple, Arizona State University

Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award
Joel S. Scheingross, University of Nevada, Reno

Robert P. Sharp Lecture
Joel S. Scheingross, University of Nevada, Reno


Earth and Space Science Informatics Section

Greg Leptoukh Lecture
Barbara Jane Ryan, former director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)


Geodesy Section

John Wahr Early Career Award
Raphaël Grandin, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université de Paris

Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership
Frank Flechtner, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

William Bowie Lecture*
Véronique M. A. Dehant, Royal Observatory of Belgium


Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism Section

William Gilbert Award
Suzanne A. McEnroe, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Edward Bullard Lecture*
Gauthier Hulot, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université de Paris


Global Environmental Change Section

Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award and Lecture
L. Ruby Leung, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Global Environmental Change Early Career Award
Gretchen Keppel-Aleks, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Abigail L. S. Swann, University of Washington Seattle
Yangyang Xu,
Texas A&M University

Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award
Katherine V. Calvin, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Stephen Schneider Lecture
Andrew E. Dessler, Texas A&M University

Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture
William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley


Hydrology Section

Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award
Megan Konar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Di Long, Tsinghua University
Kaveh Madani, Yale University

Hydrologic Sciences Award
William P. Kustas, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Walter B. Langbein Lecture*
Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of California, Irvine

Paul Witherspoon Lecture
Patrick M. Reed, Cornell University

Horton Research Grant
David Litwin, Johns Hopkins University
Magali Furlan Nehemy, University of Saskatchewan
Lorenzo Rosa, University of California, Berkeley


Mineral and Rock Physics Section

Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award
Sergey S. Lobanov, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award
Kathryn M. Kumamoto, University of Oxford
Christopher Thom, University of Pennsylvania

John C. Jamieson Student Paper Award

Suyu Fu, University of Texas at Austin
Francesca Miozzi, Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie (IMPMC)


Natural Hazards Section

Natural Hazards Section Award for Graduate Research
Sanne Muis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Gilbert F. White Distinguished Award and Lecture
Jeroen Aerts, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Near-Surface Geophysics Section

GSSI Near-Surface Geophysics Student Grant
Zachariah Seaman, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Nonlinear Geophysics Section

Donald L. Turcotte Award
Vera Melinda Galfi, University of Hamburg

Ed Lorenz Lecture
Ian Main, University of Edinburgh


Ocean Sciences Section

Ocean Sciences Early Career Award
Nicole S. Lovenduski, University of Colorado Boulder

Ocean Sciences Award
Paula S. Bontempi, NASA

Rachel Carson Lecture
Heidi M. Sosik, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Harald Sverdrup Lecture 
Mary-Louise Timmermans, Yale University


Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Section

Willi Dansgaard Award
Valerie Trouet, University of Arizona

Harry Elderfield Outstanding Student Paper Award
Jianghui Du, Oregon State University

Nanne Weber Early Career Award
Bronwen L. Konecky, Washington University in St. Louis


Planetary Sciences Section

Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Sciences
Xi Zhang, University of California, Santa Cruz

Fred Whipple Award and Lecture
Faith Vilas, Planetary Science Institute

Eugene Shoemaker Lecture*
S. Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute Boulder


Seismology Section

Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award
Zachary E. Ross, California Institute of Technology

Beno Gutenberg Lecture*
Emily E. Brodsky, University of California, Santa Cruz


Space Physics and Aeronomy Section

Basu United States Early Career Award for Research in Sun-Earth Systems Science
Evan G. Thomas, Dartmouth College

Fred L. Scarf Award
Terry Zixu Liu, University of California, Los Angeles

Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award
Nat Gopalswamy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Sunanda and Santimay Basu (International) Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science 
Ajeet Kumar Maurya, Doon University, India

Eugene Parker Lecture* 
Margaret “Peggy” Ann Shea, Air Force Research Laboratory (Retired)

Marcel Nicolet Lecture*
Cora E. Randall, University of Colorado Boulder


Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Section

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Graduate Research Award 
Neala Creasy, Yale University
Wenbo Wu, Princeton University and California Institute of Technology


Tectonophysics Section

Jason Morgan Early Career Award
Jacqueline Austermann, Columbia University

Francis Birch Lecture*
 Claudio Faccenna, Roma TRE University


Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section

Hisashi Kuno Award
Marion Garçon, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique–Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans Clermont-Ferrand
Daniel A. Stolper, University of California, Berkeley

Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture
Graham Pearson, University of Alberta
Mary R. Reid, Northern Arizona University

Reginald Daly Lecture*
Marie Edmonds, University of Cambridge


Joint Award: Geodesy, Seismology, and Tectonophysics Sections

Paul G. Silver Award
Judith Savaso Chester, Texas A&M University


Joint Prize: Nonlinear Geophysics and Space Physics and Aeronomy Sections

Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize
Michael Hesse, University of Bergen


Joint Lecture: Biogeosciences and Planetary Sciences Sections

Carl Sagan Lecture
Penelope J. Boston, NASA Ames Research Center


Joint Lecture: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology and Ocean Sciences Sections

Cesare Emiliani Lecture
Hai Cheng, Xi’an Jiaotong University


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

Edmond M. Dewan Scholarship
Nikita Aseev, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences


1 August 2019: This article was updated to include the winner of the Sunanda and Santimay Basu (International) Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science.

19 August 2019: The article was updated to include the correct name of the Yoram J. Kaufman Outstanding Research and Unselfish Cooperation Award.


Bell, R.,Holmes, M. A. (2019), 2019 AGU section awardees and named lecturers, Eos, 100, Published on 31 July 2019.

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