Geology professor wins international earth science award


Thure Cerling, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, has been awarded the Émile Argand Award from the International Union of Geological Sciences. This is the organization’s highest honor, and is awarded “to honor an active senior geoscientist of high international recognition and outstanding scientific record.”

Cerling, who holds a dual appointment in the School of Biological Sciences, is one of the pioneers in using stable isotopes of oxygen, carbon and other atoms as biological tracers. Cerling’s work particularly has given us an integrated picture of vertebrate fossils and paleo-environments in which terrestrial ecosystems emerged and evolved.

Cerling will receive the award and present a keynote speech at the 36th International Geological Congress in Delhi, India, on March 2, 2020.