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AGU to honor Chris Field and Paul Segall

Chris Field will receive the Roger Revelle Medal, while the biennial Charles A. Whitten Medal will be presented to Paul Segall.

Holly MacCormick
July 24, 2014

Stanford professors Chris Field and Paul Segall will receive medals from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for their achievements and contributions to the fields of earth and planetary sciences. 

Field will receive the Roger Revelle Medal, an award presented annually for extraordinary contributions to research of atmospheric, biogeochemical and climate-related sciences. Segall will receive the Charles A. Whitten Medal, awarded in even years only, for outstanding achievement in studies of the form and dynamics of the Earth and planets.

Field is the Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and professor of Environmental Earth System Science. He is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy. Field investigates the effects of climate change and how it can act on various ecosystems, ranging from the microscopic to the global.

Field’s studies of global ecology and climate change include national and international endeavors. He is the faculty director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and co-chairs Working Group II for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Segall is a professor of Geophysics in the School of Earth Sciences. His research investigates deformations of the Earth’s crust caused by earthquakes and volcanic processes. Segall and his lab use precise Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite radar data to study the activity of faults and magma chambers, and to model fault systems and the physics of volcanic eruptions.

The Charles A. Whitten Medal is Segall’s second AGU medal. In 1990 he received the James B. Macelwane Medal for significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist. 

The American Geophysical Union will present medals to Field and Segall on December 17 at its annual fall meeting in San Francisco. They will also be named honorary AGU fellows and will receive recognition in Eos, the organization’s weekly magazine.