Awards

EPSP Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 EPSP Award Winners!

Kelin Whipple (Arizona State University) is the winner of the 2019 G.K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes.

Joel Scheingross (University of Nevada Reno) is the winner of the 2019 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award, and will present the Sharp Lecture at the Fall Meeting.

Join us to recognize these outstanding scientists, and to listen to the Sharp Lecture, Thursday afternoon (Dec. 12).

About the Awards

G.K. Gilbert Award

The G.K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes is given annually to one honoree in recognition of sustained and outstanding contributions to earth and planetary surface processes. The evaluation of the nominees will be based on: (1) a single significant advance or sustained significant contributions to the field of earth and planetary surface processes; and (2) if she/he has also promoted an environment of unselfish cooperation in research and the inclusion of young scientists into the field.

This award is named in honor of G.K. Gilbert, who was essentially the founder of modern quantitative geomorphology. The Honors and Recognition Committee approved the award name change, effective in 2014.

Click here for more information on the G.K. Gilbert Award and the nomination process »

Past Recipients


Luna B. Leopold Award

The Luna B. Leopold Award is given annually to one early career scientist (no more than 5 years post-degree) in recognition of a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes. This award is named in honor of Luna B. Leopold, who engaged and nurtured young scientists throughout his distinguished career in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology.

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Past Recipients


Robert Sharp Lecture

The Robert Sharp Lecture honors the life and work of geologist, Robert P. Sharp. This Earth and Planetary Surface Processes section named lecture is presented annually at the AGU Fall Meeting. During the year of the presentation, the section’s executive committee will invite the recipient of either the Luna B. Leopold Award or G.K. Gilbert Award to deliver the Sharp Lecture. The Sharp Lecture is webcast and made available as an archived presentation on the AGU website.

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Past Recipients (click the link to watch past lectures)

  • 2018: Jill Marshall - From ice to trees, surprising insights into past and present processes that sculpt our earth
  • 2017: Isaac J. Larsen - From tectonics to tractors: New insight into Earth’s changing surface
  • 2016: Alison Duvall - From mountain belts to mountainsides: New discoveries in tectonic, fluvial, and hillslope geomorphology at three landscape scales
  • 2015: Vamsi Ganti - New insights into mechanics of river avulsions on deltas and their deposits
  • 2014: Giulio Mariotti - Living landscapes: Present and past interactions between coastal sediments and biota
  • 2013: Jeffrey Nittrouer - Sediment transport processes and their resulting stratigraphy: Informing science and society
  • 2012: Michael Lamb - Bedrock Hillslopes to Deltas: New Insights into Landscape Mechanics
  • 2011: J. Taylor Perron - Patterns and Processes in Landscapes: Surprises from Earth and Beyond
  • 2010: Douglas Jerolmack - Noise is the New Signal: Moving Beyond Zeroth-Order Geomorphology

Past Lectures

Missed a lecture from one year? Or want to revisit a lecture?

You can watch all the Sharp Lectures from years past on YouTube!