Awards and Fellowships

Recent Awards

Phoebe A. 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.


Phoebe A. Cohen received the “Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science” Award from The Geological Society of America on November 4, 2012 (Award Citation).

“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