walrus on an icebreg in the Arctic


Committee members



Committee Role

Waleed Abdalati

University of Colorado Boulder

Committee Chair

Ludovic Brucker

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Danny Marks



Shad O'Neel

USGS Alaska Science Center


Hans Peter

Boise State University


Christopher Shuman

University of Maryland Baltimore County


Eric Sproles

Montana State University


Artesha Moore


Staff Partner; Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement, and Membership

Antonio Covington


Staff Partner; Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the John F. Nye Lecture. Committee members will abide by AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy, program policies, procedures and guidelines set by AGU. In partnership with the Honors and Recognition Committee and staff, the committee works to ensure that the program is superior in all respects, recognizes all constituents, and fosters a global network of individuals in the Earth and space sciences who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education, and outreach.

The members of the John F. Nye Lecture Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the Nye Lecture is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

A massive iceberg that broke off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.

Key Duties

The John F. Nye Lecture Committee supports the following initiatives and duties and serves a two-year term. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.

  • 1
    Review data from honors selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals
  • 2
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of lecture nominations are competitive
  • 3
    Select the Nye lecturer
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nomination
  • 5
    Participate in training, orientations, and workshops on associated Honors and Recognition policies and processes
  • 6
    Understand and commit to AGU’s Conflict of Interest policy and process
  • 7
    Provide input and recommendations to the Honors and Recognition Committee on program improvements
  • 8
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs