The QRA is delighted to announce that, at this year's AGM, the 2016 James Croll Medal was awarded to Professor Ian Shennan (Durham). The highest award of the QRA, the Croll Medal is normally awarded to a member who has not only made an outstanding contribution to the field of Quaternary science, but whose work has also had a significant international impact.
Ian is the pre-eminent Quaternary sea-level scientist of his generation. He is internationally recognised for his outstanding contributions to sea-level research over a range of temporal and spatial scales in the UK and abroad, for his rigour and innovation in developing new approaches to observing, reconstructing and modelling sea-level and coastal change, and as an inspirational educator and communicator. His work is widely cited and addresses topics as diverse as coastal evolution, ice-sheet history, glacio-isostasy, coastal archaeology, storms and tsunamis, land uplift and subsidence and meltwater spikes. Ian’s involvement in various IGCP and INQUA projects have been critical in the advancement of sea-level studies in the UK and internationally. They helped transform it from a largely inductive science, marred by inconsistent methods and approaches that restricted national and international comparisons and synthesis, to a modern discipline founded on a commonly accepted language that now speaks to a diverse range of earth science communities.
A full citation will appear in a future issue of Quaternary Newsletter.