AGU alumni Dec '13 crop
Professors Bud Wobus and Mea Cook join Geosciences alumni at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2014

Graduating as a Geosciences major prepares students for jobs in environmental consulting, in teaching, and in commercial fields such as energy and resource extraction. Many students continue to graduate schools accross the country. Recent graduates have gone to M.I.T., Woods Hole, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, University of Washington, and U.C. Santa Cruz, among others. Since 1996, six of our majors have won NSF graduate fellowships, more than in any undergraduate program in the entire country. We stay in close contact with many of our alumni, and often see them at meetings and elsewhere.

We are proud of our accomplished Alumni!

Just to highlight a few…

Robert Anderson ’74 became a member of the National Academy of Sciences

Bob Anderson is a geomorphologist, one who studies the surface of the planet and how it has evolved.

Demian Saffer ’94 named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Demian Saffer ’94, the director of the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), has been named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The distinction recognizes exceptional scientific contribution and eminence in the field of Earth sciences.  Being named a fellow is AGU’s highest honor. Only a tiny fraction (0.1%) of its 40,000 members achieve this status.

William B. F. Ryan ’61, elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Ryan was elected fellow for pioneering work in the discovery of major catastrophic flooding events and for seminal studies of processes at mid-ocean ridge axes and passive continental margins.

William F. Ruddiman ’64, elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Ruddiman was elected fellow for pioneering work in the fields of marine geology and paleoceonography and for outstanding leadership in the synthesis and communication of advance in paleoclimate science. Check out William Ruddiman’s forthcoming EARTHTransformed book.

Robert S. Anderson ’74, elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Robert S. Anderson '74Anderson was elected fellow for “fundamental and pioneering contributions in quantitative geomorphology, geochronology, hydrology and glaciology.” 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.

Cathryn Manduca ’80, 2004 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award Winner

Manduca received the Excellence in Geophysical Education Award at the AGU Joint Assembly Honors Ceremony, which was held on 19 May 2004 in Montreal, Canada. The award honors “a sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education by a team, individual, or group.”   Check out a recent article published in the Huffington Post about Katie White ’11, here.

For information about geoscience careers our recent alumni are pursuing, please see our After Williams page.