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February 16th, 2006

Anderson, Andrews elected fellows of the American Geophysical Union

Fellowship is bestowed on only 0.1% of the total American Geophysical Union (AGU) membership of about 35,000 in any given year and recognizes scientists who have attained acknowledged eminence in the geophysical sciences. Two INSTAARs were named fellows this year.

Bob Anderson and John Andrews on their way to the AGU honors ceremony to be awarded fellowship. Photo by Suzanne Anderson.

Robert S. Anderson was elected fellow for “fundamental and pioneering contributions in quantitative geomorphology, geochronology, hydrology and glaciology."

Anderson has been a leader in the distinctive combination of rigorous field measurements and numerical modeling. His approach involves monitoring modern systems, numerical modeling of these systems constrained by modern rates, and establishment of a chronology that constrains the longer term pace of landscape evolution. He has successfully applied this approach to classic problems of geomorphology such as eolian transport, rock abrasion, and the evolution of glacial valleys and whole landscapes. Anderson’s keen desire to understand the processes that drive landscape evolution has led him to work (a) at scales from sand-grain trajectories to mountain ranges, (b) in environments from deserts to the Arctic, and (c) with techniques from fluid mechanical simulation to cosmogenic radionuclide dating.

Throughout his distinctive and varied scientific contributions, Anderson has shared his work and publication history with a long list of students and colleagues. Though the work has obviously benefited from their talent and energy, Anderson’s enduring and distinctive contribution is clearly visible. His collaborative and generous approach continues with his role as the founding editor of the new AGU journal Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface.

John T. Andrews was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Focus Group) "for his seminal contributions to the Quaternary history of North America and the North Atlantic Basin."

The award recognizes the contributions Andrews has made in publishing innovative and thought-provoking papers at the cutting edge of the discipline, in (1) studies of the behavior of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, (2) papers on relative sea level history (methods, theory, and modeling), and (3) research on ice sheet ocean interactions, including Heinrich events.

Andrews has been a driving force behind INSTAAR, helping to establish its international reputation for excellence in science; he also served as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, at the University of Colorado. He was elected President of the Quaternary and Geomorphology Division of GSA and President of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) and provided leadership on several initiatives of the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences.

John Andrews has inspired an entire generation of students, many of whom have gone on to establish successful programs at major institutions and universities elsewhere, spawning their own cadre of students. John’s diaspora of highly trained students and their “offspring” form a truly enormous group of students in Quaternary Geosciences.