March 6, 2013



Geographer wins national policy award

By Melinda Daniels

Richard Marston has been awarded the 2013 Meredith F. Burill Award by the Association of American Geographers.  The award honors work of exceptional merit and quality that lies at or near the intersection of basic research in geography on the one hand, and practical applications or policy implications on the other.

The citation reads, "Dr. Marston's research has had a profound impact on academic geography, especially in explaining the relative roles of natural and human disturbance in altering river and mountain landscapes, and the application of this work to guide environmental management and policy. Dr. Marston’s appointment as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. State Department is a testament to his remarkable accomplishments and long-term commitment to merging basic research with public policy. The committee also recognizes Dr. Marston’s lifelong service in improving the visibility of geomorphology and his role as an ambassador for the value of geographic knowledge within academia as well as the public sector."

The award will be formally presented to Marston at the awards luncheon at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers on April 13.