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Carmala Garzione to receive GSA 2007 Young Scientist Award

Geological Society of America

Boulder, CO - Dr. Carmala N. Garzione, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester, is recipient of the Geological Society of America Young Scientist Award for 2007. The Award will be given at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 27 October 2007.

Dr. Garzione, who specializes in tectonics, sedimentology, and geochemistry, earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Maryland. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geoscience from the University of Arizona.

GSA is recognizing Dr. Garzione for groundbreaking advances in the field of paleoelevation studies. Her work serves as a benchmark for studies linking climate change to tectonics by combining geochemistry with sedimentology and stratigraphy to interpret tectonic processes. She is also credited with major revisions to geologists' understanding of the origins of the Tibetan and Altiplano plateaus.

"Carmie distinguishes herself not only through her landmark papers in paleoaltimetry and tectonics of the Tibetan and Altiplano plateaus, but also by her scientific insight, perseverance, and willingness to take risks," said Matthew Kohn, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, University of South Carolina, who nominated Garzione for the award. "Many young scientists are bright; few display such perception and daring."

The Geological Society of America Young Scientist Award recognizes outstanding achievement in contributing to geological knowledge through original research that marks a major advance in the earth sciences. Established in 1988, the Award is given to a scientist age 35 or younger and consists of a gold medal, the Donath Medal, and a cash prize endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Fred A. Donath.


The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with 20,700 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 90 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members, and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

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Carmala Garzione
University of Rochester

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