Taylor Perron wins 2014 AGU Macelwane Award

Helen Hill
Monday, June 30, 2014

Cecil and Ida Green Assistant Professor of Geology Taylor Perron has been awarded a James B. Macelwane Medal in recognition of "significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding young scientist".

Perron’s research seeks a quantitative understanding of the processes that create landscapes, both on Earth and on other planets and moons. His approach combines theory and numerical modeling, field and remote sensing observations, analysis of data from planetary missions, and laboratory experiments. A central theme in his research is understanding why landscapes develop uniform patterns, such as evenly spaced valleys and branching river networks, and how to interpret these patterns as records of the geological past. Other topics of recent interest include the influence of life on Earth’s surface topography, oceans and paleoclimate on Mars, the formation of river networks on Titan (Saturn’s largest moon), and the influence of climate on erosion and landscape evolution.

Perron holds an AB in Geology and Archaeology from Harvard University and a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the EAPS faculty in 2009.

Prior honors include the Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award of the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes focus group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), selection as the Robert P. Sharp lecturer at the 2011 AGU fall meeting, membership in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and selection as a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. Perron was among three from EAPS awarded tenure earlier this year.

Perron will receive his award at the annual honors ceremony, which this year will be held on 17 December at the Fall Meeting in San Francisco.