Thomas Hilker Early Career Award for Excellence in Biogeosciences

Basic Information

The Thomas Hilker Early Career Award is given annually in recognition of unusually creative work by an early career scientist in the field of Biogeosciences. This award memorializes Thomas Hilker, whose groundbreaking work to quantify global photosynthesis from satellite data was a technical and scientific challenge that required both long-range vision and tremendous diligence and attention to detail. This Early Career Award recognizes a scientist whose research propels any discipline related to the field of Biogeosciences. This new award addresses a need to recognize and reward up-and-coming scientific leaders in the Biogeosciences section, which currently has only one section-level award.


In recognition of creative contributions in undertaking research that advances scientific understanding in Biogeosciences by an Early Career Scientist


  • Award plaque and certificate
  • Announcement in Eos
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • $1000.00 monetary prize (subject to funding availability)
  • One complimentary ticket to the Biogeosciences Luncheon

FREQUENCY: The award is given annually to one individual during the AGU Fall Meeting. No individual may receive the award more than once.

CAREER LEVEL: Early Career