AGU Announces 2012 Fellows

27 January 2012

Joint Release

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Geophysical Union (AGU) recently announced its 2012 class of Fellows. This honor is given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences.

Since the establishment of the AGU Fellows program 50 years ago, and in accordance with AGU bylaws, no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually.

The following 61 individuals have been elected as 2012 Fellows. They will be recognized during an Honors Ceremony at the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting, to be held 6-10 December, in San Francisco:


Davis D. Sentman (1945–2011), Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks


Laurence D. Armi, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Daniel R. Cayan, U.S. Geological Survey, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.
Ronald C. Cohen, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
James S. Famiglietti, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine
Kenneth H. Nealson, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
J. David Neelin, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
Thomas E. Parsons, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
Ana C. Ravelo, Ocean Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jiri Simunek, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside
John Richard Southon, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine
Toshiro Tanimoto, Department of Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara


William J. Emery, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, University of Colorado, Boulder
Bruce Martin Jakosky, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Cora E. Randall, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Mark W. Williams, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder
Daniel M. Murphy, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colo.


George W. Luther III, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware, Lewes
District of Columbia
Stephen Self,  U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.


Robert H. Byrne, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Vladimir A. Rakov, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville


Paul Wessel, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu


James Frederick Drake, Department of Physics and Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park
John M. Ferry, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
Patrick T. Newell, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Md.
F. Michael Flasar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.


Richard A. Houghton,  Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, Mass.
Raymond W. Schmitt, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass.


Joel D. Blum, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
James A. Slavin, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

New Jersey

Peter R. Jaffe, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N. J.
Ronald J. Stouffer, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NOAA, Princeton, N. J.

New Mexico

Jane Selverstone, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

New York

Anthony D. Del Genio,  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, N.Y.
Peter B. deMenocal,  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, N. Y.

North Carolina

Amilcare M. Porporato, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, N.C.


James N. Moum, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis


Michael E. Mann, Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
David Pollard, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Neil McPherson Donahue,  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Thomas T. Wilheit, Jr., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A & M University, College Station
Renyi Zhang, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A & M University, College Station


Edward T. Baker,  Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, NOAA, Seattle, Wash.
Robert Houze, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle


W. Steven Holbrook, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming, Laramie


Andrew J.W. Gleadow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Jonathan Abbatt, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Qingyun Duan, College of Global Change and Earth System Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Janne Blichert-Toft, Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France
David Mainprice, Géosciences Montpellier, Université Montpellier 2, CNRS, Montpellier, France
Jean Virieux, Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
Tilman Spohn, Institut für Planetenforschung, Berlin, Germany
Hitoshi Kawakatsu, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Yuji Sano, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan
Cor G. Langereis, Paleomagnetic Laboratory, Fort Hoofddijk, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Tim A. Stern, School of Earth Sciences and Institute of Geophysics, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Urs Baltensperger, Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
Nicolas Gruber, Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Thomas F. Stocker, Physics Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland
Timothy Peter Burt, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, U.K.
Roger C. Searle,  Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, U.K.

More information on the AGU Fellows can be found on AGU’s website.

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