CORVALLIS, Ore. October 24, 2016. Research hydrologist Gordon Grant has been named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), becoming the first U.S. Forest Service researcher in the program’s 54-year-history to receive this prestigious scientific honor.
The AGU bestows no more than 0.1 % of its members with this recognition in any given year, reserving the competitive title for those who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences and who have gained prominence in their respective fields. Each Fellow is vetted by committees of disciplinary experts and peers.
Grant is based at the Pacific Northwest Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, and is a world-renowned expert on river processes. He was recognized for a research career spanning three decades that has furthered understanding of the geomorphic behavior of river systems and led to improved strategies for managing public lands within a watershed perspective. Grant, who received his Ph.D. in fluvial geomorphology from Johns Hopkins University, credits a 12-year career as a whitewater river guide for his fascination with rivers.
“Although AGU Fellows represent the many diverse sciences of AGU members and come from different career backgrounds, they’ve each played a leading role in promoting discovery and developing solutions for a sustainable future for Earth,” said Margaret Leinen, AGU President. “We’re pleased to recognize and honor the newest class of Fellows for their significant and lasting contributions to Earth and space sciences.”
Grant will be recognized along with the other 2016 Class of Fellows on Wednesday, December 14, at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. For more information on AGU’s Fellow program, visit http://honors.agu.org/fellows/.
The American Geophysical Union is an international non-profit scientific organization representing nearly 60,000 members in 139 countries. It is dedicated to advancing Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity through its scholarly publications, including 19 scientific journals; outreach programs; and conferences, which are among the largest gatherings of Earth and space scientists in the world.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland, Ore.—generates and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 300 employees. Learn more online at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw.