Hastings Receives the 2014 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award

Meredith Hastings received the 2014 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, held 15–19 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “research contributions by exceptional mid-career scientists in the fields of atmospheric and climate sciences.”

Hastings_Meredith-Ascent_Award_SIZEDWe congratulate Dr. Meredith Hastings, winner of a 2014 Ascent Award “for outstanding contributions to the modeling of aerosol properties and their impact on climate in the troposphere and lower stratosphere.”


-Peter Webster, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta



I am grateful for the acknowledgement of this award. Thank you to my nominators, supporters, and the American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences section awards committee for this honor. There are many aspects of my career that I find exciting and fulfilling—from the big picture of trying to understand changes in the environment to mentoring students to watching the data come off the mass spec—and the recognition from an award like this is additionally inspiring and energizing.

My “village” is rich and diverse, and I have so much appreciation for all of those who have influenced my path inside and outside science, from Dr. Gottfried, my eighth-grade science teacher who related everything to how the ocean works, to my high school and college mentors (special thanks to Joe Zawodny, Frank Millero, Gay Ingram, Jamie Goen, Dan O’Sullivan, Esa Peltola, Linda Farmer, Dan DiResta, and Peter Milne), to the deep and enriching education I received at Princeton. I am a better scientist for having worked with Danny Sigman (and Michael Bender, Bess Ward, George Philander, and Jorge Sarmiento). I cannot thank Chip Levy enough for leading me into atmospheric sciences and for his support, confidence, excellent mentoring, and care in balancing work and life. Thanks too for the interactions, advice, and training in knowability I received at the University of Washington from Gerard Roe, David Battisti, Eric Steig, and Tom Ackerman. The amazing women that are members of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) and my colleague, friend, and cheerleader Tracey Holloway, I have so benefited all along the way from your advice and support. Today, I am surrounded at Brown University by excellent colleagues, fantastic students, and Ruby Ho, without whom my lab would not be productive! To my amazing and supportive husband, Eric, and our beautiful girls, Anne and Lyla, thank you for being a constant source of joy.

—Meredith Hastings, Brown University, Providence

Carslaw Receives the 2014 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award

Kenneth Carslaw received the 2014 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, held 15–19 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “research contributions by exceptional mid-career scientists in the fields of atmospheric and climate sciences.”

Carslaw_Kenneth-Ascent_Award_150x150We congratulate Dr. Kenneth Carslaw, winner of a 2014 Ascent Award “for outstanding contributions to the modeling of aerosol properties and their impact on climate in the troposphere and lower stratosphere.”


—Peter Webster, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta


I am honored to receive this award. I would like to thank my many excellent and generous collaborators over many years and to acknowledge in particular the creative and enjoyable interactions with members of my research group at Leeds.

—Ken Carslaw, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Benitez-Nelson Receives 2014 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring

Claudia Benitez-Nelson received the 2014 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, held 15–19 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is given for “significant contributions by a mid-career female scientist as a role model and mentor for the next generation of biogeoscientists.”

BenitezNelson_Claudia-Sulzman_Award(2)Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson is a College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor in the Marine Science Program and Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of South Carolina.  She is the recipient of the 2014 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring, which “recognizes women in AGU who have sustained an active research career in a field related to biogeosciences, while excelling in teaching, mentoring young scientists, and serving as critical role models for the next generation of female scientists.”

Dr. Benitez-Nelson has made mentoring, teaching, and outreach a critical component of her career.  Her impact at South Carolina was immediate, resulting in her being named the 2002 South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Outstanding Mentor.  In 2005, she received the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award, and named Outstanding Faculty of the Year by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  Since then, she has continued to receive awards for excellence in outreach and teaching.  In 2013 she was named USC Distinguished Professor of the Year, USC’s highest honor.

What makes Dr. Benitez-Nelson so special is that she also maintains a high profile and active research program.  Her research focuses on understanding the ocean’s role in climate change, as well as human impacts on nutrient biogeochemistry and coastal ecology.  She has authored or co-authored over 80 publications in a wide range of journals and is the recipient of over $4 million in research funds.  In 2006, Dr. Benitez-Nelson research was recognized by the American Geophysical Union, where she received the Ocean Sciences Early Career Award.

Those who know her best agree, that Dr. Benitez-Nelson has accomplished so much in her career, and that the vast connections within the oceanography community, her service on prestigious committees and boards, and her passion for education, mentoring, and outreach is why she is the recipient of the 2014 AGU Elizabeth Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring.

-DEIDRE GIBSON, Hampton University, Hampton, VA;

ADINA PAYTAN, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


It is a great honor to receive the 2014 AGU Sulzman Award.  Dr. Sulzman is a true inspiration to many, and it is a privilege to receive an honor established on her behalf.

I believe that mentoring and education of scientists throughout their career is critical to the success of our field.  Creating a diverse population of researchers brings new insights and allows for novel interactions that might otherwise be lost within more homogeneous groups. Indeed, we now recognize how important biodiversity is to the Earth’s ecosystem, is it so hard to believe that the same is true for the geosciences?  The difficulty is to convince students from varied backgrounds just how exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding a science career can be.  I feel I have the best job ever!  I have the opportunity to conduct research in any area that I choose and to interact with scientists and students from cultures all over the world.

I am fortunate to be surrounded by a truly wonderful support group – strong female mentors and colleagues, the faculty, staff and administration at the University of South Carolina who have allowed me to be innovative in both research and education, and an incredible partner who always supports me in everything that I do.

Thank you Drs. Adina Paytan and Deidre Gibson for nominating me for this wonderful award, to Drs. John Farrington and Mary Jo Richardson for their letters of support, and the Biogeosciences Section of AGU for giving me this wonderful honor.

-CLAUDIA BENITEZ-NELSON, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Nittrouer Receives 2013 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award

Jeffrey A. Nittrouer received the 2013 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “a young scientist for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and planetary surface processes.”



Jeffrey Nittrouer has earned the 2013 Luna B. Leopold Award based on his research related to the most significant new discovery in fluvial morphology since the turn of the century, that is, for the identification of the lower Mississippi River as a mixed bedrock-alluvial stream, for his thorough quantification and elucidation of the dynamics of sand flow through it, and for his contributions to the use of Mississippi River sand as a tool for restoring lost land in the Mississippi delta wetlands.

—GARY PARKER, University of Illinois, Urbana


I am grateful for receiving the Luna B. Leopold Award from the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (EPSP) focus group at AGU. I am thankful to the mentors and colleagues who played important roles in shaping my science over the past 10 years. Significant credit goes to three people in particular: David Mohrig, Gary Parker, and Mead Allison. These gentlemen patiently developed and honed my skills for observing, modeling, and theorizing about the physical processes that produce fluvial-deltaic morphology and stratigraphy. It was an incredible opportunity to have worked with such a diverse set of thinkers, who regularly pushed me to consider and pursue new ideas, preventing too much comfort with the scientific status quo. Their mentoring fostered an independent and creative focus that produced the science for which this award has been generously given.

At first glance, especially when standing on ground level, river deltas present themselves as boring if not inhospitable landscapes: Vegetation often obstructs a view of the flattest surfaces on Earth, there is very little dry land, distributary channels meander their way over endless swamp and wetlands, and fresh sediment deposits make traveling arduous. In reality, however, river deltas are among the most dynamic landscapes on the Earth’s surface. Vertical movement is established by subsidence and induced through sediment compaction, growth faulting, and geodynamics, whereby the rates of motion rival the fastest uplifting mountain ranges. Lateral mobility of channels means that delta sediments are routinely reworked, and proximity to ocean receiving basin renders delta morphology subject to the whims of sea level fluctuations. Relief is reserved only for the subaqueous channels and associated levees, and the pressure forces that drive fluid flow and sediment transport within these channels reshape coastal landscapes, on many time scales.

River deltas are critical for two scientific reasons. On these landscapes, active sediment accumulation produces an archive of dynamic climatic and tectonic signals, so that delta stratigraphy may be used to decipher past environmental conditions. A significant amount of progress has been made (and advances are forthcoming) by utilizing deltaic stratigraphy to decode planetary surface processes, on Earth as well as Mars. Second, modern river deltas host hundreds of millions of people worldwide due to bountiful resources and luxuriant ecosystems. Society is dependent on these delicate landscapes, and sustainability is critical for preserving the diverse cultures that have typified deltas for millennia. I am thankful for the opportunity to research these unique environments and contribute to the growing field of EPSP.

—JEFFREY A. NITTROUER, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Howard Receives 2013 G. K. Gilbert Award

Alan D. Howard received the 2013 G. K. Gilbert Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “a scientist who has either made a single significant advance or sustained significant contributions to the field of Earth and planetary surface processes, and who has in addition promoted an environment of unselfish cooperation in research and the inclusion of young scientists into the field.”


howard_alan-dAlan Howard is the recipient of the 2013 Earth and Planetary Surface Processes focus group’s G. K. Gilbert Award.

Since 1963, Alan Howard has written papers that have defined the research frontier of Earth and planetary surface processes. Importantly, for this focus group, Alan has contributed significantly to both Earth and planetary science. It is difficult to find fundamental questions in geomorphology that Alan has not tackled and advanced our understanding of. His terrestrial research began with karst evolution and led to seminal papers in which theory is introduced to explain such key processes as channel network development, river meandering and floodplain formation, groundwater seepage erosion, and river incision into bedrock. Alan developed the first numerical landscape evolution model that coupled advective, diffusive, and threshold-controlled processes to explain controls on the topography under varying boundary conditions. Through this model he introduced the concept of detachment-limited processes.

Alan’s planetary research began in the 1970s, with a focus on Mars. Alan brought his considerable insight and modeling skills to the challenge of deciphering the landscape evolution and climate history of Mars. His initial work was on the polar caps of Mars. With his colleagues and students, he then made key geomorphic observations that make a compelling case that early Mars was likely warm and wet and that there was a subsequent period of large alluvial fan construction on crater walls.

Alan’s generosity in sharing ideas and models has inspired many. His leadership as the focus group chair has emphasized inclusion of young scientists. He has provided guidance and insight to generations of geomorphologists, helping us to see deeper into landscape processes and to read landscape morphology.
For all this Alan Howard is richly deserving of the G. K. Gilbert Award.

—WILLIAM E. DIETRICH, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley


I am deeply honored to receive this award associated with the luminous heritage of G. K. Gilbert. My interest in geology and, in particular, in landforms was triggered by family vacations in the western United States. These trips fostered the theme of the process controls of landscape morphology that has been central to my research.

As a consequence of funding obtained by my thesis advisor, Charlie Hunt, I had the great fortune to base my dissertation in the Henry Mountains region, the site of Gilbert’s great insights and a desert landscape where landscape form and function are readily decipherable. I was also indebted to the founders of the quantitative revolution in geomorphology, including Horton; Strahler; Leopold; and my “spiritual” advisor at Johns Hopkins, Reds Wolman. My entire career has been in the welcoming environment of Mr. Jefferson’s University and the Department of Environmental Sciences.

My research has greatly benefitted from interactions with many professional colleagues, most notably with Bill Dietrich, who has provided immeasurable inspiration during many field trips and late-night conversations. My venture into planetary aspects of geomorphology was initiated and fostered by Stephen Dwornik, erstwhile head of NASA’s Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program. I am grateful to the many students from undergraduates through Ph.D. who have contributed time and insights into my research activities and productivity. Finally, my research would not have been possible without the support and nurture of my wife, Marlowe, who has been a constant companion and partner for 4 decades.

—ALAN D. HOWARD, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Schmandt Receives 2013 Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award

Brandon Schmandt received the 2013 Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes the scientific accomplishments of a young scientist who makes outstanding contributions
to the advancement of seismology.


schmandt_brandonBrandon Schmandt earned his B.A. from Warren Wilson College and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and is now an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico.

Brandon’s research is characterized by artful integration of high-quality seismological imaging with geologic and tectonic information, and he has produced key insights into the structure and evolution of the North American continent. Brandon’s body wave tomography model for the western United States robustly synthesized data from the EarthScope Transportable Array and many other arrays. His collaborative work integrating this model with other seismic and geologic constraints has shed new light on varied processes, including the evolution of a segmented subducted Farallon slab, remnant microplates and slab windows, and lithospheric instabilities beneath the Colorado Plateau. Brandon has also produced evidence for a low-velocity layer on top of the western U.S. transition zone and the exciting observation of upwarping of the 660-kilometer discontinuity that correlates with a plume-like zone of low velocities in the mantle beneath the Yellowstone hot spot. This latter result is one of the best pieces of evidence to date for connection of a surface hot spot track with a lower mantle plume.

Brandon is continuing to innovate. Using a high-density exploration array in Long Beach, Calif., he recently resolved a sharp offset in Moho topography across the eastern edge of the California Inner Borderland, a result with significant tectonic implications. He is also pioneering in the field of fluvial seismology, studying the seismic signal of a dam release on the Colorado River as a tool for monitoring sediment transport.

To quote from his Aki Award nomination, “Brandon has already demonstrated technical innovations, keen intellectual curiosity, the drive and energy to produce at the highest levels, dedication to the new ethic of open access of data, and a gift for cross disciplinary collaboration, all with a sense of humility.”

—KAREN M. FISCHER, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, R.I.


I appreciate Karen’s generous words, and I am sincerely honored to receive this year’s Aki Award. I would like to acknowledge that my research has been enabled by excellent mentors and colleagues and by a unique community of scientists. I was particularly lucky to wander into Gene Humphrey’s office as a first-year graduate student with a curiosity about western U.S. tectonics and seismology. Gene always matched my energy and enthusiasm and allowed me to find my path. Later, as a postdoc, I benefited from a similarly flexible and supportive environment in the Seismo Lab at Caltech. I also feel fortunate to be part of the seismology community. It is a special community that will strive to collect a world-class data set, such as the EarthScope seismic data, and then openly put those data in the hands of any eager scientist. This unselfish and open-minded perspective is a great motivation for me, and I expect it is for many young scientists. I am excited for the future as a member of the seismology community.

—BRANDON SCHMANDT, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Thompson Receives 2013 Ocean Sciences Early Career Award

Andrew Thompson received the 2013 Ocean Sciences Early Career Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “significant contributions to and promise in the ocean sciences.”


Thompson_AndrewI would like to thank my nominator, Jess Adkins, as well as my supporters for their contributions to my nomination and the AGU Ocean Sciences section for its selection. It is an honor to join the past recipients of this award.

I have had the privilege to interact with and learn from a number of talented scientists. The two who deserve the most recognition are Bill Young and Karen Heywood. Bill’s responses to my “quick, 2-minute questions” never lasted less than 2 hours and always required at least one complete covering of the blackboard. I do not remember a time when I left (or staggered from) his office without some new and typically profound idea to consider. It is the mentoring relationship that I strive to emulate with my own students. Karen was brave to hire me when I threw my hat into the observational ring and continues to be supportive of my group’s work. Karen, with her love of a good gadget, is responsible for getting me hooked on ocean gliders, and I am thrilled that it has resulted in us continuing to collaborate on exciting science together.

Based on these influences, it is perhaps not surprising that my research interests have veered toward the intersection of dynamical questions about rotating, stratified, turbulent fluids and the interpretation of these dynamics from hard-earned but ultimately imperfect sets of observations. Pursuing these interests has given me the opportunity to work at a number of diverse institutions, and I especially acknowledge the support of the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, which provided a great deal of independence shortly after my Ph.D. Along the way I have benefited from conversations with too many people to mention here, although George Veronis, Peter Haynes, Alberto Naveira Garabato, Raf Ferrari, and Jess Adkins have been particularly helpful. Most importantly, this journey would not have been nearly as fun or productive without my family sharing the experience and propping me up along the way.

The combination of autonomous vehicles and satellite products is changing how observations interface with ocean circulation models. Making the best use of these resources will be a challenge for our generation. I look forward to tackling this topic through the always stimulating and often humbling experience of advising students and postdocs. It makes my appreciation of those who have supported me all the stronger.

—ANDREW THOMPSON, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Thompson Receives 2013 Early Career Hydrologic Science Award

Sally Thompson received the 2013 Early Career Hydrologic Science Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is for significant early-career contributions to hydrologic science.


thompson_sallySally Thompson grew up in Perth, where she was trained as an environmental engineer at the University of Western Australia. She graduated with honors in 2003 and worked for a few years as an environmental engineering consultant. Following the award of the Sir John Monash Fellowship in Australia, Sal accepted the admissions offer from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2006, completing her Ph.D. within 4 years and defending her dissertation in 2010. I was most fortunate to have Sal join me at Duke after an enthusiastic recommendation from Siva. Upon her arrival at Duke University, it was immediately clear to all that Sal is a special person with the remarkable skill of being able to identify the main aspects of a problem and throw at them the best that theory, experiment, and modeling tools offer.

Her doctoral work focused on development of novel theories regarding the role of vegetation in altering the surface transport of water, the role of surface hydrology in influencing seed dispersal and vegetation spatial dynamics, and the feedbacks between infiltration capacity and local vegetation biomass. Sally’s work combines theory from multiple disciplines—including mathematics, physics, ecology, and hydrology—to explore these questions.

A glance at the diversity of journals she publishes in reveals her scientific maturity. She has developed a broad network of collaborators through participation in the NSF-UIUC Hydrological Synthesis project and more recent initiatives through IAHS, SESYNC, and the Critical Zone Observatories. Her ability to provide constructive reviews and feedback to authors in hydrology awarded her an editor’s citation for excellence in refereeing by Water Resources Research in 2010, and shortly thereafter she was selected as an associate editor for Advances in Water Resources.

On a personal note, Sally is a wonderful human being and a genuine friend to all her colleagues and now students. Sally has moved ecohydrology from its “temporal” origins to a field that accommodates many of its spatiotemporal dimensions, allowing this field to address pressing societal problems previously viewed as impenetrable—a reason sufficient for her to receive the 2013 Early Career Hydrologic Science Award.

—GABRIEL KATUL, Duke University, Durham, N.C.


My most sincere thanks to AGU; the Hydrology section and its chair, Eric Wood; those who were kind enough to nominate me for this award; and, of course, the inimitable Gaby Katul for their support and for this recognition. Receiving the Early Career Hydrologic Science Award is an unexpected and humbling pleasure. After seven schizophrenic years of physical scientists accusing me of being an ecologist and ecologists telling me firmly that I’m an engineer, it’s wonderful to be able to come to rest where I have always self-identified—as a hydrologist!

There are two great pleasures associated with working in the area of ecohydrology, where life and water intersect. The first is the opportunity to unify the exploration of tremendously fun intellectual challenges with the capacity to influence our understanding of critical, socially relevant problems. The second is the fabulous array of thinkers who constitute our academic community in this field. My experience is uniformly of diverse, friendly, and productive relationships with many wonderful mentors, colleagues, friends, and—so rewarding and novel for me still—tremendously exciting research students.

From my early days of learning about research with Bob Bucat in the Chemistry Department of the University of Western Australia (UWA), to the mentors and research advisors in the Environmental Engineering Department at UWA—Keith Smettem, Prabhakar Clement, and most enduringly, Siva Sivapalan—I have been well nourished and inspired. Of all the many researchers I have worked with, Gaby Katul represents the pinnacle of what it means to act as a research and personal mentor: I cannot imagine a more generous Ph.D. advisor or role model, and I can’t thank him enough for his encouragement and faith in me over the years.

Finally, my heartfelt thanks to my patient and wonderful husband, Nicholas George, who has taken many a leap of faith with me since we left Australia and who remains an unswerving source of support and common sense. I look forward to many more productive and enjoyable years working with these fabulous people and engagement with the Hydrology section at AGU.

—SALLY THOMPSON, University of California, Berkeley

Oltmans Receives 2013 Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award

Samuel J. Oltmans received the Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “broad influence in atmospheric science through exceptional creativity, inspiration of younger scientists, mentoring, international collaborations, and unselfish cooperation in research.”


oltmans_samuel-jSamuel “Sam” Oltmans, an AGU Fellow since 2007, was head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division Ozone and Water Vapor group for more than 30 years. He is currently a senior research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

To quote from one of his nomination letters, “Sam’s long-term record of surface ozone measurements is the single most important measurement series in atmospheric chemistry and that field’s equivalent of the Mauna Loa carbon dioxide time series. Sam and colleagues have been the ‘Johnny Appleseeds’ of ozonesondes, providing vertical profiles for measurement campaigns around the world…Sam’s network of Dobson Spectrophotometers has been crucial to the WMO/UNEP Ozone Assessments for more than 25 years.”

Sam’s achievements go way beyond the monitoring activity that alone would merit the Yoram Kaufman award. All of his data, some dating back to the 1960s, are shared openly with the scientific community. Although Sam’s publications number in the hundreds (most appeared in AGU journals), in dozens of other papers and international assessments, Sam’s data are used without credit. As one of his letters states, “Without [Sam’s] records the world’s atmospheric science would be immeasurably diminished.”

Sam has built up a unique international legacy in two ways. First is the technical skill mix that underlies his data record. “It is hard to explain,” one nominator states, “how much persistence and patience, qualities Sam has in abundance, are required…Sam’s mastery of research and calm discourse lead the community to agree on solutions for ever higher-quality data.”

The second part of his legacy is mentoring scientists, both in his NOAA lab and at stations around the world, to become experts and full partners in monitoring the health of the ozone layer. When stations experience technical problems, he uses always-tight funds to send someone from his lab to make repairs. Sam pioneered working with collaborators in China and jointly publishing in the Journal of Geophysical Research years before this was easy or fashionable.

In summary, the Yoram Kaufman Award for “international collaborations and unselfish cooperation in research” is presented to Sam Oltmans for being the preeminent leader of in situ monitoring of tropospheric and stratospheric ozone and water vapor while multiplying the impact of this work through unmatched national and international collaborations.

—ANNE THOMPSON, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.


I am humbled to receive the Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award. To be included in the distinguished company of the previous award recipients is an honor that is deeply gratifying.

While the award notes the generosity, collaborations, and mentoring of the recipient, it has been my great privilege to have had these qualities exemplified in the many colleagues with whom I have had the delight of working over many years. During my many years with the NOAA laboratories in Boulder, the encouragement of those with whom I worked made it a pleasure to come to work each day. The vision of long-term measurements as an exciting and important area of atmospheric research was imparted to me by early and current leaders of our lab, including Lester Machta, Walt Komhyr, Dave Hofmann, and Jim Butler. Two colleagues and friends, Chip Levy and Anne Thompson, are the ones who broadened my horizons to participate in the kind of collaborations that have allowed me to continue to find atmospheric research a rich and rewarding experience.

I have [also] benefited greatly from the number of young researchers and students who have included me in their innovative and inspiring projects. The fact that a number of these younger colleagues are part of the international research community has enlivened all the aspects of my own research efforts. Two of the many of these international colleagues with whom I have maintained a lasting relationship are Hong­yu Liu and Holger Vömel, who continue to provide new and challenging ideas.

Those who nominated me for this award and provided letters of support were embarrassingly generous in their praise, and coming from such distinguished members of our community, these are highly valued by me. Finally, through this delightful journey, my wife, Kay, has been a loving and encouraging companion.

—SAMUEL J. OLTMANS, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.

Moynier Receives 2013 Hisashi Kuno Award

Frédéric Moynier received the Hisashi Kuno Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “accomplishments of junior scientists who make outstanding contributions to the fields of volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology.”


moynier_fredericOnce upon a time, in a small town in wonderful Provence known by the name of Manosque, best known today, however, for being home to the international tokamak project, a boy was born to a local couple of chemists and was given the name of Frédéric. These parents decided to give him some education and sent him far away from his native Provence to the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

Fred was a great Ph.D. student, acquiring a strong background in chemistry from Janne Blichert-Toft and also learning how to solve more esoteric scientific problems with the rest of us. From 2002 to 2006, his Ph.D. in Lyon was a time not only of great friendship and fun but also of uplifting projects. Except for iron, nobody had ever before explored the isotopic variability of transition elements. Fred’s work on meteorites, lunar rocks, and plants is strong and original. One of his greatest strengths (sorry, Fred, but this is a rare quality) is to never shy away from learning from his own mistakes and to see science before pride. This was also the time a new friendship grew up, this time with Toshi Fujii, which would prove very productive. Although Janne and I advised a number of great Ph.D. students in Lyon, Fred was clearly among the better ones.

Then he had to find a job, and he flew across the great pond and all of the continental United States to work with our old friend and great scientist Qing-zhu Yin at the University of California, Davis. Their work on chromium isotopes on early condensates was a landmark. Qing-zhu also taught him the art of having an independent mind. Then Fred was hired by Washington University in St. Louis, and this is where he really made his name. His work on stable isotope fractionation, both mass dependent and mass independent, and extinct radioactivities earned him both a standing in the community and his tenure. The paper of his great surgeon-student Randy Paniello on zinc volatility during the lunar giant impact truly stirred the community and represents a great recognition for the “small” isotopes Fred personifies. Fred’s contribution to medical applications of transition metal isotopes is also particularly promising.

Mostly for family reasons, Fred is now moving to Paris, and all I wish for him is to be welcomed as warmly as he was in St. Louis. His future is bright, and his star is still rising.

It is my great pleasure and honor to present to you today Frédéric Moynier for the Kuno Award.

—FRANCIS ALBARÈDE, Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon, Lyon, France


I would like to thank the Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology section for awarding me this prize and all the people who were involved in my nomination and wrote the letters. When Catherine McCammon phoned me to let me know that I was awarded the Kuno Award, I was very surprised at first, and then I felt very honored and lucky. I have been very lucky to have Francis Albarède and Janne Blichert-Toft as Ph.D. advisors. Without their mentoring, I would not be standing here today. Completing my Ph.D. in this dynamic laboratory was an incredible experience, and I was very fortunate to meet many people who became mentors, collaborators, and friends, among whom I will cite Arnaud Agranier, Pierre Beck, and Toshi Fujii.

My postdoc in California under the supervision of Qing-zhu Yin was also an extraordinary and productive experience.

I would like to thank Washington University and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences. They trusted me enough to let me have my own lab. It allowed me to build new collaborations with distinguished scientists and also gave me the opportunity to advise great graduate students and postdocs: Randy Paniello, Kun Wang, Max Thiemens, Chen Heng, Maria Valdes, Emily Pringle, Chizu Kato, Paul Savage, and Julien Foriel.
I would also like to thank my new institution, the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, and the Université Paris Diderot. I already have very exciting collaborations with James Badro, Julien Siebert, Manuel Moreira, Edouard Kaminski, and, I am sure, many others in the future.

Finally, I would like to thank my parents, Danielle and Jean; my sister, Florence; and, especially, my wife, Marie, and son, Louis, who are in the room today.

—FRÉDÉRIC MOYNIER, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France