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.
Three new Honorary members were nominated and approved unanimously at the Annual General Meeting at Durham in recognition of their outstanding services to Quaternary science. The 2017 Honorary members are Tim Atkinson, Mike Hambrey and Mike Tooley. The Association would like to extend its warmest congratulations to these new Honorary members. Full citations will be provided in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter.
The winner of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2016, announced at the recent AGM in Durham, is Tom Sim (University of Leeds), for his submission entitled The environmental impact of European settlement in Australia: influences on a patterned fen ecosystem. The judges were extremely impressed
with the volume of work undertaken, commenting that "the originality of the
project and the depth with which the student engaged with the wider literature
was near professional in standard. Tom should be extremely proud of
Tom Sim (University of Leeds)
The abstract of the winning dissertation will be published in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter. The Association wishes to thank the examiners, Ian Candy and Ian Evans, and to acknowledge the continuing support of Catherine Souch and her team at the RGS for the administration of the prize.