Congratulations to Tanja Bosak, Paul O’Gorman, and Taylor Perron for their recent tenured appointments in recognition of their achievements, and their contributions to the School of Science.
Associate Professor Bosak’s research in experimental geobiology is widely recognized for its singular creativity, breadth, and rigor, placing her among the leading geobiologists of her generation. Her work addresses the role of microbes in the profound environmental changes, such as the rise of atmospheric oxygen, that were integral to the co-evolution of life and the surface environment throughout the first 80% of Earth’s history (when microbes were the only form of life).
A world-expert in “moist dynamics” (the fluid- and thermodynamics of moist atmospheres), Associate Professor Paul O’Gorman studies the influence of water vapor on how the atmospheric general circulation and the hydrological cycle respond to climate change. With a unique ability to link theory, idealized modeling, the behavior of complex models, and observations, O’Gorman fills a gap between global modeling and fundamental understanding. He has now emerged as one of the leaders in atmospheric dynamics and modern climate theory.
Associate Professor Perron’s overall scientific goal is to discover and quantify the processes that shape landscapes on Earth and other planets. His work combines theory, observations, and laboratory experiments to reveal how a planet’s geologic and climatic histories are recorded in its topography. He is a world expert in crafting elegant models of landscape evolution and comparing their predictions with field and remote sensing observations to discover new ways of “reading” a landscape’s history.
Other Recent Faculty Awards and Honors
Ed Boyle was awarded the 2014 Urey Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry
Clark Burchfiel received the Geological Society of America International Section’s Distinguished Career Award for 2013
Glenn Flierl recieved the 2015 American Meteorological Society Henry Stommel Research Award; American Geophysical Union Fellow
Fred Frey recieved the Geological Society of America’s Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division 2014 Distinguished Geologic Career Award
Tom Herring was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Taylor Perron is the 2014 recipient of the American Geophysical Union Macelwane Award
Dan Rothman was elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Noelle Selin is appointee to the Global Young Academy, an international group of two hundred young scientists selected based on research excellence and commitment to impact.
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