Morgan Receives 2013 Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service

Julia K. Morgan received the 2013 Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields of geodesy, seismology, or tectonophysics through mentoring of junior colleagues, leadership of community research initiatives, or other forms of unselfish collaboration in research.


morgan_julia-kJulia Morgan received her Ph.D. in 1993 from the Cornell University. She joined the Department of Earth Sciences at Rice University in 1999 and has been a full professor since 2009. Julia is well known for a rare combination of skills in field geology and quantitative modeling. Her broad scientific background and leadership quality make her an exemplary leader for a major scientific program as multidisciplinary as Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins (GeoPRISMS) (

In 2009, when the MARGINS program was coming to a successful closure, Juli chaired a committee to lead its transition to GeoPRISMS and to develop a science plan for the new program. Her vision and efforts set GeoPRISMS on a promising path before she became its inaugural chair in 2010. GeoPRISMS consists of two main topics (for convergent and divergent boundaries) with five primary sites around the globe for focused collaborative studies. Research methods include geodesy; seismology; and various marine and land-based geophysical, geochemical, and geological methods, under the broad category of tectonophysics. Synergy with other national and international scientific programs needed to be explored. Collaborative relationships with other countries that are intimately linked to GeoPRISMS science needed to be nurtured. Changes in funding scenarios in response to the U.S. economy needed to be respected. In dealing with competing scientific interests of different groups, hard decisions and compromises needed to be made. Juli handled this complex and demanding task calmly, energetically, and unselfishly.

Juli’s hard work has paid off. The results are successful proposals, effective community interactions, motivated young scientists, and clearly articulated science. From the initial development of GeoPRISMS science and implementation plans to today’s smooth operation of the program, with an increasing global effect, each step is a demonstration of Juli’s dedication to serving the scientific community. She truly deserves the Paul Silver Award.

—KELIN WANG, Pacific Geoscience Centre, Geological Survey of Canada, Sidney, British Columbia


Thank you, Kelin, for your kind words and nomination, and thanks to the Tectonophysics, Seismology, and Geodesy sections for extending this honor. I also want to recognize the efforts of so many others who really drove the GeoPRISMS program; my job was primarily as a facilitator, channeling the great ideas of the community into distinctive scientific opportunities benefiting a large number of researchers, and what a creative, energetic, and generous community it is. It has been particularly satisfying to watch GeoPRISMS grow during my term as chair, especially with the enthusiastic involvement of the students and early-career researchers who are the future of the program.

I wish to give special credit to the people who worked the hardest on behalf of the program, specifically, members of the GeoPRISMS steering committee, the education advisory committee, and so many workshop organizers and other contributors to the GeoPRISMS Science and Implementation Plans. I am grateful to the National Science Foundation for entrusting me with this responsibility and providing the guidance and funding to keep the program going. My staff did the hard work of keeping things running smoothly; thank you, Alana Holmes, Charles Bopp, Susi Haveman, August Costa, and Anaïs Férot.

And I need to acknowledge the ongoing contributions of Geoff Abers, who ensured the smooth transition from MARGINS to GeoPRISMS. He also served as advisor and mentor throughout my term and continues to be involved in productive GeoPRISMS activities. Without his paving the way, none of this would have been possible.

Finally, I am grateful for all that I learned during my term about continental margins, scientific cooperation, and exciting research problems still to be solved. I am much richer for these experiences and for the colleagues I gained along the way. I look forward to working with all of you in years to come.

—JULIA K. MORGAN, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Milly Receives 2013 Hydrologic Sciences Award

P. C. D. “Chris” Milly received the 2013 Hydrologic Sciences Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is for outstanding contributions to the science of hydrology.


milly_p-chris-dIt is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the 2013 Hydrological Sciences Award winner, Dr. Chris Milly. Chris is being honored “for fundamental contributions to our understanding of the connections between land surface processes and hydroclimatic variability.” Through Chris’s work, the world has a better understanding of how the Earth’s energy and water cycles interact at the large scale to determine hydrological quantities, such as streamflow, of fundamental interest to society. He is eminently deserving of this award.

After he earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under Peter Eagleson, Chris moved to Princeton, where he established himself, as a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) employee, as the resident hydrologist at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). There he contributes to GFDL’s overall scientific productivity by leading the development of the GFDL land model. Of course, while there, he also performs his own basic and vital hydroclimatic research. Chris’s recent work on climate stationarity in water resources management planning has challenged established paradigms—appropriately so—and his work on runoff in a changing climate garnered him media attention and even a presentation to Congress. His research papers indeed address a wide range of topics, more than I can outline here. Let me just say that he has a wonderful way of looking at problems: Use simpler models first to understand the mechanisms behind a physical phenomenon and only then add complexity to the models to fine-tune the understanding. While the appropriateness and overall elegance of this approach is lost on many scientists, with Chris, it is second nature.

On a personal note, I can say sincerely that Chris, by example, has strongly influenced my own approach to tackling scientific problems. I can only assume he’s had a similar impact on others.

Please join me now in congratulating P. Christopher D. Milly, the 2013 recipient of AGU’s Hydrologic Sciences Award.

—RANDAL D. KOSTER, NASA, Greenbelt, Md.


Thanks so much, Randy, for your generous comments!

I accept this award on behalf of all the people I’ve had the plain dumb luck to fall in with over the last 40 years. I was lucky to be raised in a family that valued education and that even knew something about mass transfer at the soil-atmosphere interface. I was lucky to study under two great water-resource faculties, at Princeton and MIT, and to have Pete Eagleson as my mentor.

I was lucky to be given a shot at a career in academia at Princeton. And, quite honestly, I was lucky that the university somehow saw I was not thriving there and encouraged me to explore other options. At that point, I also was lucky that I had spent a couple undergraduate summers working for John Bredehoeft at USGS and that Roger Wolff had subsequently kept the USGS in touch with me because that set the stage for what was next. As luck would have it, Marshall Moss at USGS and Jerry Mahlman at NOAA’s GFDL had the vision to write a memorandum of understanding between their organizations, under which a USGS hydrologist would be stationed at GFDL to work on hydrology in climate models. Luckily, I was in the proverbial right place at the right time, and both institutions took a long-term risk on me. I was lucky to receive the support of Suki Manabe when I arrived at GFDL, and I was very lucky to hire Krista Dunne to support all my research efforts ever since.

I could also tell many lucky tales of coauthors and colleague reviewers, but my time is up.

I was very moved to learn of this award. My sincere thanks goes to my nominators, to the Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee, and to my professional family—the AGU Hydrology section. Thank you all!

—P. C. D. “CHRIS” MILLY, U.S. Geological Survey, Princeton, N.J.

Lohman Receives 2013 Geodesy Section Award

Rowena B. Lohman received the 2013 Geodesy Section Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is given in recognition of major advances in geodesy.


lohman_rowena-dRowena received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Mark Simons, one of the pioneers in the relatively new field of satellite deformation imaging. In her own work, she has broken new ground by exploring the boundaries between geodesy and seismology. She has shown how the apparent disagreement between these two data types can provide novel insight into subsurface processes. For example, a discrepancy in seismic moment may indicate aseismic slip. Discrepancies in event locations can ferret out seismic mislocation biases with resulting improvement in global velocity models.

Another focus of Rowena’s activities has been the development of more rigorous techniques for placing geodetic constraints on the distribution of deformation sources (e.g., coseismic slip and volcanic inflation). Such techniques are crucial to exploiting the richness of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data. In addition to the issue of model regularization, Rowena has undertaken a rigorous consideration of the error budget in InSAR data, addressing the use of both the variances and, more importantly, the covariances intrinsic to the data.

Rowena is certainly not reluctant to venture into new realms, as shown by her exploration of the potential of InSAR to address problems as diverse as the distribution of vegetation canopy height, monitoring of subsurface carbon dioxide sequestration, and scrutiny of hydraulic fracking.

Rowena’s service to the geodetic community is as noteworthy as her research contributions. She has been remarkably generous with her time and effort, spending a great deal of energy on the activities of numerous organizations (UNAVCO, Western North American InSAR (WInSAR), Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Earthscope, associate editor for Journal of Geophysical Research, and the initial science study group for the current L band synthetic aperture radar formulation).

The geodesy award is intended to recognize young scientists for important advances “in geodetic science, technology, applications, observations, or theory.” By any measure, professional or personal, Rowena is an exemplary recipient of the AGU Geodesy Section Award.

—LARRY D. BROWN, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.


I am very honored to be this year’s recipient of the AGU Geodesy Section Award. I was fortunate to begin my academic career at a time when there was an explosion of new data types and computational resources. I have been very pleased to watch this trend continue, with the ongoing support of new InSAR missions worldwide and renewed interest in the democratization of access to this data.

When I began my graduate research, it still took several months to order individual SAR acquisitions; the advent of community-driven data archives such as WInSAR, GeoEarthscope, and the Supersites and their support by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and their international partners has simply revolutionized the field and has facilitated an explosion of techniques for ingesting InSAR time series and the extraction of progressively smaller signals from the data sets. This improved ease of access and the processing tutorials hosted by groups such as UNAVCO will hopefully encourage participation in the InSAR community by new users.

We live in a time when we are bearing witness to rapid changes in land use on an unprecedented scale, including increases in resource extraction worldwide and growth of populations exposed to hazards (including landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes, and sea level rise). Geodesy will play a key role in the monitoring of these changes and can guide society’s response into the most fruitful avenues.

I benefitted greatly from the guidance of my graduate thesis advisor, Mark Simons, who encouraged me to think both about tectonic problems and the challenges (and opportunities) facing society today. I also thank my postdoctoral sponsors, including Jeff McGuire, Paul Lundgren, and Eric Fielding. My sincere hope is that I will have the opportunity to repay their efforts by supporting other early-career researchers in my turn.

—ROWENA B. LOHMAN, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Lindstrom Receives 2013 Ocean Sciences Award

Eric J. Lindstrom received the 2013 Ocean Sciences Section Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is given in recognition of outstanding and long-standing service to the ocean sciences.


lindstrom_eric-jEric J. Lindstrom’s record over the last 3 decades exemplifies both leadership and service to the ocean science community. Advancement of ocean science not only depends on innovative research but is enabled by support of government agencies. As NASA program scientist for physical oceanography for the last 15 years, Eric combined his proven scientific knowledge and skilled leadership abilities with understanding the inner workings of our government bureaucracy, for the betterment of all. He is a four-time NASA headquarters medalist for his achievements in developing a unified physical oceanography program that is well integrated with those of other federal agencies.

Eric’s scientific interests have been directed toward the tropical ocean circulation and air-sea interaction processes. He has a total of 37 peer-reviewed publications (5 in AGU journals). Before NASA, Eric served in leadership roles in the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere Coupled Ocean Atmosphere Response Experiment, and Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), gaining enormous experience in large international and interagency research programs. He currently serves as cochair of the GOOS Steering Committee.

In addition to his dedication and hard work on behalf of physical oceanography, Eric operates with a high degree of integrity and is resourceful, politically savvy, and very effective at getting things done. He understands what is important, and his endeavors sustain a large body of scientific work in our field of oceanography and the broader climate community.

Eric Lindstrom is the most effective, proactive, science-knowledgeable program manager we have encountered. Our science is very fortunate for his devotion to the highest quality and integrity in program management.

—ARNOLD L. GORDON, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, N.Y.; and GARY S. E. LAGERLOEF, Earth Space Research, Seattle, Wash.


My sincere thanks go to the AGU Ocean Sciences section for this award. Is there any higher honor than recognition by one’s peers? To join the illustrious list of prior recipients is deeply moving. Thanks so much to Arnold and Gary for their abundant praise and support over many years.

Many of you do not know me and may typecast me only as a NASA program manager. However, my professional roots as a seagoing physical oceanographer still run deep. A career ambition remains to truly integrate our in situ and space-based ocean observing systems. I inherited the calling from mentors such as Bruce Taft at the University of Washington (my Ph.D. advisor), Angus McEwan at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Australia, Worth Nowlin at Texas A&M University, Richard Lambert at the National Science Foundation, Stan Wilson at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and an immensely supportive NASA team, including Michael Freilich and Jack Kaye.

I feel like my career has seen the emergence of a “golden age” in ocean science, so rich are developments of observations, models, theory, and practical applications. It continues to be an awesome experience. The development of incredible space-based observing capabilities and autonomous ocean profiling has enabled studies of the global ocean circulation that were merely dreams a few decades ago. Fully understanding the “slow dance” of the ocean-atmosphere system will require sustaining these capabilities over many more decades and advancing them further. There are still great expanses of ocean with a dearth of observations—the deep ocean (below 2 kilometers depth), the polar seas in the sea ice zone, and time series of surface fluxes in nearly all environments, to name a few. Further efforts to educate our society’s leaders on the importance of the ocean to the health and economy of life on Earth may be our highest priority, if we are to sustain ocean science and observations through austere times.

I am grateful for the support of my family and the entire ocean science community for making my career a labor of love. The Ocean Sciences Award is really shared with the many who make my career such a joy. Thank you.

—ERIC J. LINDSTROM, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D. C.

King Receives 2013 Ivan I. Mueller Award for Service and Leadership

Robert W. King was selected during the inaugural year to receive the 2013 Ivan I. Mueller Award for Service and Leadership at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “major achievements in service and/or leadership to the geodesy community.”


king_robert-wThe Ivan I. Mueller Award recognizes major achievements in the field of geodesy, especially in the areas of leadership and service. The award, named for Ivan Mueller of Ohio State University, recognizes the extraordinary importance of international collaboration within the field of modern satellite geodesy. It exemplifies AGU’s motto of unselfish cooperation in research. The Mueller Award was given for the first time in 2013, and the committee hoped to have an outstanding candidate for the inaugural year, setting a high bar for future nominations. The awards committee tells me that Bob made their decision easy—he was the unanimous choice.

Although he has made numerous scientific contributions throughout his career, Bob is now known by thousands of scientists for his role in the development and support of the open-source GPS Analysis at MIT (GAMIT) software. This sophisticated analysis tool is now used by more than 400 institutions around the world to study motions of the solid Earth, estimate changes in tropospheric water vapor, investigate Earth rotation, and measure ice sheet dynamics, to name just a few. Many scientists owe their careers to Bob’s unstinting support for this software and the help he has so generously offered.

To quote one of the supporting letters, “few members of the AGU Geodesy section have worked so hard, so long, or so selflessly as has Bob King on behalf of the geodetic and the broader Earth science community.”

—MATT KING, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Thank you, Matt. I am honored to receive an award named for someone who has not only been an inspiration to me throughout my career but whose critical role in the formation of the International GPS (now GNSS) Service (IGS) has made possible both my own research and my ability to assist others in the art of GPS data analysis.

None of my work would have been possible without the efforts of colleagues in the development of the GAMIT/GLOBK software. The foundational codes were developed while Sergei Goureviitch, Yehuda Bock, Rick Abbot, and I were a part of Chuck Counselman’s group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tom Jordan and Rob Reilinger encouraged us to make the software freely available to our research partners and, later, researchers worldwide. Tom Herring took the data processing to a new level by writing code to do automatic data editing of phase data and modifying the very long baseline interferometry program GLOBK to combine GPS data sessions. Peng Fang simplified the installation, and Simon McClusky wrote the scripts to facilitate automatic processing.

Important contributions have also been made by Danan Dong, Mark Murray, Kurt Feigl, Peter Morgan, Burkhard Schaffrin, Shimon Wdowinski, Seiichi Shimada, Paul Tregoning, Chris Watson, Mike Moore, Liz Petrie, and Mike Floyd, many of whom have also conducted training workshops for other users. Some of the key models have been adapted from the Bernese and GNSS-Inferred Positioning System (GIPSY) software, whose authors have generously made them available for use by the IGS community.

Having the opportunity to work with these fine collaborators as well as GAMIT users from many cultures and disciplines has been the most rewarding part of my career.

—ROBERT W. KING, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Head Receives 2013 N. L. Bowen Award

Donald B. Dingwell and James W. Head III received the 2013 Norman L. Bowen Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry, or petrology.


head-iii_james-wIt is my pleasure to present James W. Head III of Brown University as a recipient of the 2013 Bowen Award. A major theme of Jim Head’s research career has been the unraveling of the volcanic history of the rocky bodies of the solar system, and he has been an investigator on virtually all of the major international planetary investigation missions. Jim is an excellent observer and interpreter of observations. But more than that, as I have observed over our long history of collaboration, he shares the need to understand the basic physical processes controlling volcanism and to interpret observations in a quantitative, as well as qualitative, way. So in addition to documenting the history of volcanism on silicate planets, Jim has been at the forefront of trying to understand the mechanisms of volcanic eruption processes, on Earth as well as elsewhere.

As part of his drive to maximize the return from spacecraft missions to the terrestrial planets, Jim has been instrumental in encouraging collaboration between planetary scientists across the globe, and as an example, I particularly mention the ongoing program of twice yearly microsymposia focusing on planetary science topics that Jim cofounded in the mid-1980s.

At Brown, nearly 40 graduate students have obtained their Ph.D. under his direct guidance, and of these, several have already obtained full professorial status in the planetary science field and many others are at various points in successful careers in planetary research. The inspiration that Jim has engendered in these people, as well as the many undergraduates he has mentored at Brown, is self-evident.

In summary, Jim Head has been, and continues to be, a powerhouse of inspiration to, and productivity in, the planetary volcanology community, and it is clear that he is very worthy of the Norman L. Bowen Award.

—LIONEL WILSON, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK


Thank you, Lionel, for your kind words. N. L. Bowen has been an inspiration to me since the first geology course that I took as an incoming freshman at Washington and Lee University. I had to take a science course for distribution requirements, and I discovered geology, where the laboratories were often outdoors and the Earth was your laboratory and inspiration! Geology seemed perfect for me: I could combine my love of the outdoors with an insatiable curiosity about what made things work. I was quickly overwhelmed, however, by the beauty and extreme diversity of rocks and minerals, so much so that it was beginning to seem like yet another foreign language to me. Then one day we discussed N. L. Bowen’s reaction series, and it all immediately started to make sense to me. This inspired in me a “systems approach” to understanding complex geologic processes and problems. It also compelled me to try to quantify all of the observations that contributed to understanding geological processes.

I want to thank Tom McGetchin for introducing me to quantitative physical volcanology, teaching me what the back of an envelope was really for, but, most importantly, teaching me to stop thinking and just take in the sensory awe of an active eruption. In the 1970s, I met Lionel Wilson and Sean Solomon, and my life changed. Sean introduced me to big questions, planetary interiors, thermal structure, and planetary thermal evolution. Lionel taught me the beauty of physics and how complex physical and geological processes can be modeled with the right combination of question-framing and observational input.

Thanks to my students, scientific colleagues, and collaborators and to the Apollo astronauts who warmly welcomed a young geologist who shared their passion for lunar exploration. I gratefully thank the Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology section of AGU for this honor, named for the very first person I came to know in freshman geology.

—JAMES W. HEAD III, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

Dingwell Receives 2013 N. L. Bowen Award

Donald B. Dingwell and James W. Head III received the 2013 Norman L. Bowen Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry, or petrology.


DIt is my privilege and honor to deliver the citation for Don Dingwell to receive AGU’s N. L. Bowen Award. Don’s research has profoundly influenced our understanding of the properties of silicate melts, glasses, and magmas and the fundamental control they exert on magmatic, volcanic, and, recently, even on earthquake processes. Don’s approach is experimental, and his studies have interrogated melts, glasses, and magmas for their transport, calorimetric, geophysical, and rheological properties, as well as the solubilities of volatile species. These experiments have been elegantly designed to elucidate properties that provide quantitative explanations for volcanic processes. He has a prodigious publication record, including many seminal “must-read papers,” as evidenced by any bibliometrics you choose. Indeed, his research has changed the very way we communicate about volcanic processes by expanding our vocabulary to include “glass transition” or “melt relaxation.” In many ways, his research career has established what is a new, unique, and expanding line of science—“experimental volcanology.

Don’s success in research reflects three things. First, he has a native talent for creative experimentation. Even with all the budding superstars sequestered in the Munich labs, when something goes wrong, they go to Don. Don is always able to find a solution, often a workaround. Second, Don recognizes the truly important questions and designs innovative experiments for making the critical measurement. He also has an amazing talent for seeing the broader implications of unexpected experimental results for volcanic processes. Third, intrinsic to Don is his very generous spirit of cooperative and collaborative research—everyone is invited under his big tent of experimental volcanology. There is a constant stream of scientists passing through Munich to participate in experimental volcanology.

Please allow me to close with a few personal insights. With Don, there is no doubt of his passion for the volcanological sciences. One expression of this is his yearly Melts, Glasses, Magmas Workshop (since 2000), which serves our community very well. I had the pleasure of spending a sabbatical year at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) the year Don arrived there. Thus, I can appreciate what Don has built in the meantime. The LMU labs are the international destination for scientists interested in experimental volcanology. Don’s research group remains imaginative, inventive, and productive—and it is still expanding. It is a truly auspicious time for the Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology section of AGU to be able to recognize Don and his achievements with the 2013 N. L. Bowen Award.

—KELLY RUSSELL, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Thank you, Kelly!
To all who were involved in this selfless process of nomination, evaluation and selection, thank you for your voluntary efforts.

To Dave Strong, Chris Scarfe, Hat Yoder, Fritz Seifert, and others who took a look at me at some point and thought they saw some potential, thank you for the trust.
To the University of Munich, the Free State of Bavaria, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the European Union, thank you for the generous support that has allowed us to compete with so many bright young Americans.

Ultimately, as a university professor, one tries to catalyze the advancement of ideas and people. In doing so, one is sometimes catalyzed oneself. For the countless catalytic experiences of my research career, I wish to thank Lesley, Hugh, Dave, Chris, Mark, Dave, Bjorn, Jim, Sharon, Alex, Ruth, Nick, Francois, Michel, Pascal, Yan, Sumit, Harald, Eleonora, Fritz, Annibale, Hugh, Herbert, Werner, Jim, Mike, Guy, Tom, Richard, Martin, Philippe, Claudia, Kai, Alex, Mikhail, Markus, Frank, Joan, Jim, Olli, Ilya, Detlef, Jo, Paul, Mark, Caroline, Daniele, Klaus, Conrad, Kelly, Andreas, Sophie, Ulli, Paolo, Betty, Hugh, Gabriele, Sebastian, Alex, Mette, Soren, Ben, Jacopo, Piergiorgio, Brent, Cristina, Lothar, Locko, Marcel, Jon, Annarita, Roman, Cliff, Diego, Benoit, Yan, Yan, Phil, Jo, Daniele, Annika, Miguel, Rita, Simon, Silvio, Alessandro, Jackie, Guilhem, Tom, Oryaelle, Stefan, Cristoph, Paul, Pierre, Phil, David, Sebastian, Audrey, Alejandra, Corrado, Fabian, and Jeremie. (Any omissions are my fault!)

For the core members of the Munich team who have my back covered when I am called to other duties—Betty, Ulli, Corrado, Kai, and Werner—thank you. You have taught me a lot about loyalty and teamwork.

I thank especially all of those young researchers who are making these years the most exciting and productive scientific experience of my life.
If you are in the first decade of your career here tonight, then I can promise you, in volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology, the best is yet to come—stick with it.

To Felix and to Anke, thank you for enduring the crazy life of a researcher.
I’d like to close by dedicating this award to all the first-rate scientists who are members of our community and who have not yet received such recognition.

—DONALD BRUCE DINGWELL, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Bollasina Receives 2013 James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award

Massimo A. Bollasina received the James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes “outstanding research contributions by a junior atmospheric scientist within three years of his or her Ph.D.”


bollasina_massimo-aDr. Massimo Bollasina, a postdoctoral scholar at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab (GFDL) through the Princeton University Atmospheric and Ocean Science Visitors Program, is this year’s recipient of the James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award from AGU’s Atmospheric Sciences section, named after a pioneer in atmospheric dynamics, the late James R. Holton of the University of Washington. Since its inception in 2004, the Holton Award has become a highly sought honor. It recognizes the achievements and potential of a junior AGU member whose Ph.D. was awarded within 3 years of the nomination deadline.

Dr. Bollasina received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOSC) Department in 2010 under the direction of Professor Sumant Nigam. His thesis, entitled “Surface and Aerosol Effects on the South Asian Monsoon Hydroclimate,” won every award in the AOSC Department, including a Green Fund Foundation Fellowship for “his passion, excellence, and achievements in doctoral research,” to quote a letter from the University of Maryland in College Park. The thesis led to six peer-reviewed publications.

Since the Ph.D., Dr. Bollasina has continued in the general area of land-aerosol-precipitation interactions with a focus on tropical rainfall. To quote from one of Dr. Bollasina’s nominating letters, “At GFDL…he has carried out breakthrough studies on how aerosols and greenhouse gases, two of the man-made climate-altering agents, affect regional climate…The first-author paper (2011, Science, 334, 502–505) finds that anthropogenic aerosols, not long-lived greenhouse gases, are the major causal factor in the observed decrease of the summer monsoon rainfall in northern India over the last few decades of the 20th century. That paper was honored with the highly competitive World Meteorological Organization Norbert Gerbier MUMM International Award.”

In summary, Dr. Bollasina is an innovative scientist who has made and will continue to make important contributions to monsoon dynamics and climate effects of aerosols. Dr. Bollasina is a future leader who is injecting fresh atmospheric dynamics—Holton’s legacy—into the challenge of regional climate change research.

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


I am deeply honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award, and I receive it with heartfelt gratitude and humility. I clearly remember Peter Webster’s call announcing the amazing news and how I literally remained speechless and overwhelmed. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Atmospheric Sciences section of AGU and the members of the award committee. I am even more appreciative to have been presented this award handed by two outstanding scientists—Peter Webster and Bill Lau—who have remarkably contributed to our understanding of the Asian monsoon and tropical climate, my area of expertise.

I am truly grateful to the many people who have contributed to my growth. Among them, the late John Roads, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who genuinely shared his enthusiasm and passion during my early years; Sumant Nigam, my thesis advisor, for his constant and invaluable guidance and support; Yi Ming and V. Ramaswamy, my postdoctoral supervisors, who generously helped me to grow as a scientist and with whom I am happy to share unforgettable years; many colleagues and friends at GFDL, for their precious help and advice and for introducing me to exciting research areas; my family, for being close to me every moment.

I did not have the privilege to meet Jim Holton personally. However, he has undoubtedly left an outstanding and indelible memory across our field and, even more so, in those who have known him. Receiving the award named in his honor is an incredible source of inspiration and encouragement for me.

I hope to live up to the excitement and excellence embodied by this award in my new appointment as a faculty member at the University of Edinburgh.

—MASSIMO A. BOLLASINA, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Gombosi Receives 2013 Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize

Tamas Gombosi received the inaugural Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award recognizes significant contributions in the field of space weather or nonlinear waves and processes.


gombosi_tamasThe Space Physics and Aeronomy section of AGU awards the Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize to Tamas Gombosi of the University of Michigan. Gombosi, the founding director of the Center for Space Environment Modeling, has been a leader in space weather research, a visionary in space weather numerical modeling for several decades, and a pioneer of international space physics collaboration. Gombosi’s major contributions to space weather include the development of the first time-dependent numerical model of the terrestrial polar wind and the creation of the BATS-R-US magnetohydrodynamic model, a powerful and versatile numerical tool widely used today for modeling the global geospace, the heliosphere, and the solar interior.

Under his leadership, Gombosi’s group developed the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF), a powerful tool that enables the space physics community to couple chains of models to describe the complex Sun-Earth system.

Gombosi has also been a leader in space weather education, authoring two textbooks and leading the creation of a very successful master of engineering in space systems program.

His lifetime of achievement in space weather makes him supremely qualified to be the first recipient of this new AGU prize.

—ROBERT P. MCCOY, University of Alaska Fairbanks


It is a great honor to be the recipient of AGU’s inaugural Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize. I am truly humbled by this recognition because there are many other highly deserving colleagues in our research field.
First of all, I would like to express the community’s appreciation for the generous contribution from Bruce Tsurutani and Olga Verkhoglyadova that made this award possible. They set a great example of giving back to the community that is so important for all of us.

I would like to thank my colleagues at the University of Michigan and beyond who made BATS-R-US and SWMF a reality. In alphabetical order, Darren De Zeeuw, Igor Sokolov, Gabor Toth, and Bart van der Holst are the real heroes behind this achievement. I would like to acknowledge the contributions of our colleagues at the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) who worked tirelessly to transition our codes to community use. I would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the “guinea pigs,” those who tested and validated our space weather software as it was developed. Their patience is greatly appreciated.

I would like to thank my wife, Eszter, for her share in this award. We really earned this award together. My children, Judit and Zoltan, always remind me that there are important things beyond science. They are also responsible for my five adorable grandchildren and the best evidence of importance beyond science.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to my many mentors over the years, from Antal Somogyi in Hungary to Konstantin Gringauz, Pavel Elyasberg, Roald Sagdeev, and Vitaliy Shapiro in Moscow to Andy Nagy at Michigan. The best way to acknowledge their support is to mentor the next generation. I am trying to do just that.
Thank you again for this great honor; I hope that I will not disappoint those who selected me for this award.

—TAMAS GOMBOSI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Wada Receives 2013 Jason Morgan Early Career Award

Ikuko Wada received the 2013 Jason Morgan Early Career Award at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, held 9–13 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is for significant early-career contributions in tectonophysics.


wada_ikukoThe AGU Tectonophysics section is pleased to present the fifth Jason Morgan Early Career Award to Ikuko Wada for her research using numerical modeling coupled with geochemical and geophysical observations to understand processes associated with subduction. It is often stated that there is need for interdisciplinary approaches to advance the state of knowledge in subduction zone structure, dynamics, and island arc geochemistry, and Ikuko’s research exemplifies how interdisciplinary research advances understanding.

In her Ph.D. work, Ikuko constrained the stress state and thermal regime for intermediate-depth earthquakes and provided an explanation for the formation of the now well-established “cold corner” in the forearc mantle wedge. As a postdoctoral researcher, Ikuko developed new research directions, including investigating how the spatial distribution of water in the incoming slab influences the pattern of slab dehydration during subduction; studying the influence of grain size evolution on mantle flow, flux melting, and fluid transport in the mantle wedge at subduction zones; and investigating the dynamics of the slab impacted by phase transformations in the transition zone.

At this early stage of her career she has already assembled a strong publication record in terms of both quantity and quality. In addition to her research abilities, Ikuko is an exceptional communicator, a fact attested to by the great number of invited and keynote talks that she has given at conferences and workshops over the last few years. While a postdoc, Ikuko has taken on mentoring roles with younger scientists, helping with the minutiae of coding details or reading and commenting on drafts of their papers. By embracing interdisciplinary research, communicating across disciplines, and sharing her time and knowledge mentoring others, Ikuko exemplifies AGU’s vision of promoting discovery in Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity.

—SCOTT D. KING, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.


I am extremely honored to receive this award and grateful to the Tectonophysics section of AGU for its recognition of my efforts and accomplishments. My interest in subduction zone geodynamics sprang from an essay project during my undergraduate studies, and I feel fortunate to have found a field that I am truly excited about and am proud that I have been able to contribute to this important field in geoscience ever since.

For my accomplishments, I owe much gratitude to a number of professors, scientists, and staff members at the University of Victoria and the Pacific Geoscience Centre (PGC), British Columbia, Canada, for their guidance and support during my undergraduate and graduate studies. In particular, I am indebted to my Ph.D. advisor, Kelin Wang, at PGC for his invaluable teaching and boundless inspiration and to Jiangheng He at PGC for his assistance with numerical modeling codes. I am also grateful to my postdoctoral advisors, Mark Behn and Alison Shaw at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Scott King at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, for a number of exciting and fruitful discussions that greatly enriched my postdoctoral research.

I am very fortunate to have so many great mentors and enthusiastic and experienced colleagues around the world. In particular, I am grateful to Peter van Kenken at the University of Michigan for sharing his passion for Earth science and insights on subduction zone geodynamics and to my colleagues at Tohoku University for their support toward my research activities and our collaborative work. The support from my family and friends has also been invaluable to my journey as a scientist.

—IKUKO WADA, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan