Awards and Fellowships

Recent Awards

“David Dethier has influenced Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology in so many ways. Not only are his research contributions broad and published in a wide variety of formats and high quality, peer-reviewed journals but his impact on the field is magnified many times over by the generations of students who he has trained and mentored. 7 Those students have trained students of our own – his legacy can be noted across the US in academic departments, in schools, and in geologic consulting companies where Dethier students and the students of Dethier students’ have made their mark.”

From the citation by Paul Bierman ’85


“From his home in the Geoscience Department at Williams College for the last 50 years, Professor Reinhard (Bud) Wobus has reached far and wide to spread his enthusiasm for geology. An outstanding teacher, mentor, and research supervisor, Bud has helped hundreds of Williams students explore geology in innovative introductory courses and through the geology major. He has introduced countless others to geology through 35 years of work with the Colorado Outdoor Science Center, though numerous field excursions for Williams alumni, and as a field trip leader for local groups in the Berkshires. By creating enduring structures like the Keck Consortium and through his direct work with students, alumni and citizens, Bud has ‘stimulated interest in Geology’ and increased the capacity of others to do the same.”

From the citation by Cathy Manduca ’80


  • Phoebe Cohen’s paper titled “Scale Microfossils from the mid Neoproterozoic Fifteenmile Group, Yukon” received the Journal of Paleontology’s Best Paper award for 2012. The award was made in October, 2013 at the Geological Society of America’s125th Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver.


“The Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award was presented to Phoebe A. Cohen, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for her 2010 Ph.D. research, “Investigations of enigmatic Neoproterozoic eukaryotes,” which is a significant contribution to the fields of paleobiology and geobiology. “In respect to research excellence and accomplishment,” writes nominator Roger E. Summons of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cohen’s work is “characterized by broad geological and paleobiological understanding, fastidious attention to detail in experiment and observation, and an atypical degree of clarity in how her findings are communicated.” Supporting nominator Andrew H. Knoll of Harvard University writes that Cohen’s “broad and deep knowledge will serve her well in a new generation of teaching about our planet’s history.”

-from the GSA press release on “2012 Medals and Awards”


GSA Fellows at Williams College:

Ronadh Cox

Bud Wobus

Paul Karabinos

David Dethier

Markes Johnson (emeritus)

“Fellowship is an honor that is bestowed on the best of our profession once per year at the GSA Spring Council meeting and is recognized at our yearly Annual Meeting. GSA members are elected to Fellowship in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences.”

-from the GSA Fellowship page