John Behrendt and Wylie Poag Elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
John C. Behrendt and C. Wylie Poag, of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Coastal and Marine Geology Program, have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
John was elected for "distinguished contributions to the understanding of crustal controls on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and for efforts to protect and manage Antarctica for the scientific benefit of all nations."
Wylie was elected for "research leading to the identification of the largest known impact structure in the United States, buried beneath lower Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding peninsulas."
Founded in 1848 to represent all disciplines of science, the AAAS supports scientific exchange and discussion of scientific and societal issues. In 2002, the AAAS added 291 fellows, elected nationally by their peers. The individuals were selected for their efforts to advance science or foster applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. John, Wylie, and the other new AAAS fellows were presented with an official certificate and a pin on February 15 at the Fellows Forum held during the 2003 AAAS annual meeting in Denver.
John is an emeritus scientist with the USGS stationed in Denver, CO, and funded by the Coastal and Marine Geology Program. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
John has been carrying out geophysical work in Antarctica since 1956. Some of his earliest work in Antarctica is recounted in his book Innocents on the Ice: A Memoir of Antarctic Exploration, 1957, published in 1999 by the University Press of Colorado. (See article in February 1999 Sound Waves.) John published three scientific papers in 2002 through his affiliation with both the USGS and the University of Colorado. In December 2002 and January 2003, he participated in a geophysical cruise in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, at the invitation of researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the California Institute of Technology.
Wylie is a research geologist with the USGS in Woods Hole, MA. His 40-year geological career includes experience as a petroleum explorationist, a university professor, and a project coordinator for the National Science Foundation's Deep Sea Drilling Project. His USGS research emphasizes the integration of subsurface geophysical, geological, and paleontological data to reconstruct the stratigraphic framework and depositional history of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast margins of the United States. He has published more than 250 abstracts, articles, and books on these topics.
A recent highlight of his research has been documentation of the largest impact crater in the United States, buried beneath the lower part of Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding peninsulas. As a result of his crater research, Wylie received the Thomas Jefferson Medal from the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation. The Baltimore Sun selected his popular book on this topic (Chesapeake Invader: Discovering America's Giant Meteorite Crater) as one of the best books published in 1999 on the Chesapeake Bay area. The book also earned for Wylie the USGS' Eugene M. Shoemaker Award for Communication Product Excellence for the year 2000.
Congratulations, Wylie and John!
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Behrendt and Poag Elected AAAS Fellows