Geerat Vermeij

Honors & Awards

The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Davis is internationally recognized for its faculty, teaching and research programs. Here are a select few of the honors and awards received by our department and faculty.


Magali Billen

Sandra Carlson

William Casey

Kari Cooper

Richard Cowen

  • University of California Distinguished Teaching Award, 1993

Eric Cowgill

  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 2014

Howard Day

  • 2011 Charles P. Nash Prize, UC Davis
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 1987
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Ruhr Universitat, Germany, 1977
  • Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America, Elected 1974
  • Fulbright Fellow, Geologisk Museum, Norway, 1964

John Dewey

  • Corresponding Member, Australian Academy of Science, 2011
  • D.Sc. Hon. Caus., the University of Rennes, 2011
  • Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, 2008
  • Career Contribution Award (Structural Geology and Tectonics Division), Geological Society of America, 2006
  • Fourmarier Medal, Royal Society of Belgium, 1999
  • Wollaston Medal, Geological Society of London, 1999
  • Ll.D. (Hon. Caus.) National University of Ireland, 1998
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • D.Sc. (Hon. Caus.) Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1995
  • Arthur Holmes Medal, European Geophysical Union, 1993
  • Penrose Medal, Geological Society of America, 1992
  • European Academy 1990
  • Fellowship of the Royal Society, 1985
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 1977
  • American Geophysical Union Fellow, 1976
  • Fellow of the Royal Society

Graham Fogg

  • 2012 Bureau of Economic Geology Alumnus of the Year
  • O.E. Meinzer Award, Hydrogeology Division of GSA, 2011
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 2003
  • GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, 2002

Tessa Hill

Louise Kellogg

Charles Lesher

James McClain

  • University of California Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003

Isabel Montañez

  • 2019 Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal, European Geophysical Union Division of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Paleontology
  • Geological Society of America, Laurence L. Sloss Award, 2017
  • Chancellor’s Leadership Professor, UC Davis, 2016
  • Vice President (President-elect), Geological Society of America, 2016
  • Geochemical Fellow, Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, 2016
  • F. Earl Ingerson Lecture, Geochemical Society, 2012
  • AAAS Fellow, 2012
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2011
  • Herbert A. Young Society Deans' Fellowship, 2010
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 2003
  • James Lee Wilson Medal for Excellence in Sedimentary Geology (Society of Sedimentary Geology Young Scientist Award), 1996 
  • AAPG J. "Cam" Sproule Memorial Award, 1996 (for best paper by a young scientist, published by AAPG or an affiliated division or society)
  • SEPM Outstanding Paper in the 1992 Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 1994

Eldridge Moores

  • UC Davis distinguished professor emeritus, 2013
  • Distinguished Career Award (International Division), Geological Society of America, 2006
  • UC Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, 2003
  • Geological Society of London Honorary Fellow, 1997
  • California Academy of Sciences Fellow, 1996
  • Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), College of Wooster, 1996
  • Geological Association of Canada Medal, 1994
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 1992
  • Distinguished Service Award, Geological Society of America, 1988
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 1970

Ryosuke Motani

Jeffrey Mount

  • Weider Award for Leadership in Pursuit of Southern California's Water Future, 2006
  • UC Davis Distinguished Public Service Award, 2005
  • Co-President's Chair in Undergraduate Education, 2003-2006
  • California Rivers and Streams: Environmental Book of the Year, Mother Lode Chapter Sierra Club

Sujoy Mukhopadhyay

  • Gast Lectureship - EAG & Geochemical Society 2013

Alexandra Navrotsky

  • Roebling Medal, Mineralogical Society of America, 2009
  • Harry H. Hess Medalist, American Geophysical Union, 2006
  • Urey Medal, European Association of Geochemistry, 2005
  • Highly Cited Researchers, ISI Thomson Scientific, 2002
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science, 2002
  • American Ceramic Society Fellow, 2001
  • Ceramic Educational Council Outstanding Educator Award, 2000
  • Alexander M. Cruickshank Award, Gordon Research Conference, 2000
  • Geochemical Society Fellow, 1997
  • Ross Coffin Purdy Award, American Ceramic Society Fellow, 1995
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1995
  • President, Mineralogical Society of America, 1992-1993
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1993
  • American Geophysical Union Fellow, 1988
  • Mineralogical Society of America Award and Fellow, 1981
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1973

David Osleger

  • UC Davis Academic Senate Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011-12

John Rundle

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2017
  • Quake Sim team: co-recipient of NASA's Software of the Year, 2012
  • Recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 10 most cited authors in the field of “earthquakes” during 2000 – 2010 (ScienceWatch, 2010)
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2008
  • 2005 NASA Space Act Award - QuakeSim - NASA Tech Brief NPO 41079
  • Elected Fellow, American Physical Society, 2004
  • 4th Lorenz Lecturer, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December, 2004
  • Aki Award for Distinguished Service as Chair (1994-1996) of the Advisory Board of the Southern California Earthquake Center, 2001
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geosciences Research, 1996, by the Geosciences Research Program, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy
  • Best Paper of the US Geological Survey, Branch of Geologic Risk Assessment, 1989 (with G. King & R. Stein)
  • Award for Exceptional Contributions in Fundamental Research, Sandia National Laboratories, 1987

James Rustad

Peter Schiffman

Howard Spero

Sarah Stewart

Dawn Sumner

Donald Turcotte

  • Doctor Honoris Causa - The Paris Geophysical Insitute, 2005
  • Bowie Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2003
  • Highly Cited Researchers, ISI Thomson Scientific
  • Charles A. Whitter Medal of the American Geophysical Union, 1995
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1994
  • Geological Society of America Fellow
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1986
  • Day Medal of the Geological Society of America, 1981
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 1980
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1972

Geerat Vermeij

  • Fellows Medal, California Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • Addison Emery Verrill Medal, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 2016
  • Circle of Discovery, University of Maryland, 2008
  • Paleontological Society Medal, 2006 
  • Faculty Research Lecturer Award, UC Davis Academic Senate, 2004
  • Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal, National Academy of Sciences, 2001
  • John Burroughs Society, Best Essay in Natural History, 1997
  • American Academy of Achievement, Golden Plate Award, 1997
  • Academy Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, 1992
  • John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1992
  • Book Subsidy Award, General Research Board, University of Maryland, 1984
  • Award for Excellence in Research, Division of Agriculture and Life Science, University of Maryland, 1983
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 1981
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1975-76
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1968

Kenneth Verosub

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholar - The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, 2013
  • Jefferson Science Fellow - U.S. Department of State (2009-10)
  • Antarctic Service Medal - United States Congress (2000)
  • Award for Innovative Excellence, Ninth International Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 1998
  • California Professor of the Year, 1997
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 1997
  • The Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, 1996
  • UC President's Chair for Undergraduate Education, 1995-1996
  • Royal Astronomical Society Fellow, 1994
  • Fulbright Scholar, France, 1989-1990
  • University of California Distinguished Teaching Award, 1988

Qing-zhu Yin

Robert Zierenberg