American Geophysical Union Announces 2017 Fellows

27 July 2017

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today announced its 2017 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences. Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually. This year’s class of Fellows are geographically diverse coming from 10 countries.

“AGU Fellows are recognized for their outstanding contributions to scholarship and discovery in the Earth and space sciences. Their work not only expands the realm of human knowledge, but also contributes to the scientific understanding needed for building a sustainable future,” said Eric Davidson, AGU President. “The diversity of disciplines and career backgrounds of this year’s Fellows is demonstrative of the breadth and depth of expertise of AGU’s global membership of more than 60,000. We are pleased to recognize and honor the newest class of Fellows for their significant and lasting contributions to the Earth and space sciences.”

The 2017 class of Fellows will be recognized during the Honors Tribute on Wednesday, 13 December, held during the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans.

This year’s class of 61 elected Fellows are as follows:

Joan Alexander, Northwest Research Associates
Jeffrey Alt, University of Michigan
David D. Breshears, University of Arizona
Bonnie J. Buratti, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Wei-Jun Cai, University of Delaware
Josep Canadell, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Don P. Chambers, University of South Florida
Kelly Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Marc Chaussidon, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
Alan D. Chave, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Wang-Ping Chen, China University of Geosciences
Hai Cheng, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Peter G. DeCelles, University of Arizona
Gerald R. Dickens, Rice University
Paul A. Dirmeyer, George Mason University
Claudio Faccenna, Università Roma degli studi Tre
John C. Foster, MIT Haystack Observatory
Roger Francois, University of British Columbia
Arthur Frankel, Earthquake Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Helen Amanda Fricker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Jonathan Gregory, University of Reading
Stephen M. Griffies, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nancy B. Grimm, Arizona State University
George R. Helffrich, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Susan S. Hubbard, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Erik R. Ivins, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Fortunat Joos, University of Bern
Samantha Benton Joye, University of Georgia
Yann H. Kerr, Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère, Centre National d’Études Spatiales
Alan Knapp, Colorado State University
Matthew J. Kohn, Boise State University
Ronald Kwok, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Upmanu Lall, Columbia University
Murli H. Manghnani, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Barry H. Mauk, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Klaus Mezger, University of Bern
Alberto Montanari, University of Bologna
Louis Noel Moresi, University of Melbourne
Scott Lawrence Murchie, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Teruyuki Nakajima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Richard Norby, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
John M. C. Plane, University of Leeds
John C. Raymond, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard University
Steven W. Roecker, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Eelco Johan Rohling, Australian National University
Ares J. Rosakis, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology
Yinon Rudich, Weizmann Institute of Science
Lynn M. Russell, University of California, San Diego
Daniel J. M. Schertzer, École des Ponts Paris Tech
Walter H. F. Smith, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Robert J. Stern, University of Texas at Dallas
Paul J. Tackley, ETH Zurich
Margaret S. Torn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley
Gregory E. Tucker, University of Colorado Boulder
Susan Ustin, University of California, Davis
Richard M. Vogel, Tufts University
Patricia L. Wiberg, University of Virginia
Teng-fong Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Roger V. Yelle, University of Arizona
Youxue Zhang, University of Michigan
Edward J. Zipser, University of Utah

Learn more about the AGU Fellows program.

Announcing the AGU College of Fellows

Today, as well, AGU formally launches an initiative to better engage our nearly 1,400 living Fellows. The new College of Fellows’ mission is to foster excellence, integrity and interdisciplinary collaboration in the Earth and space sciences, provide expert and strategic advice to the Union on global scientific issues, and support the professional development and engagement of scientists at all career stages and from all backgrounds. The program will engage AGU’s Fellows in the following four primary activities: a Town Hall session at the 2017 Fall Meeting, mentorship, a distinguished traveling lecture series, and participation in events and activities commemorating AGU’s Centennial in 2019.

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