Committee members (2018-2019)



Committee Role

Patricia Reiff

Rice University

Committee Chair

Simon Lamb

Victoria University of Wellington


Victoria Mejia

Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Gary Michelfedler

Missouri State University


Heidi Katariina Nykyri

National Autonomous University of Mexico


Leah Bland


Staff Partner; Honors Program Coordinator

Committee Charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipient of the Spilhaus Award. 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 Spilhaus Award Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the Spilhaus Award is sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.

Spilhaus award committee

Key initiatives

The Spilhaus Award Committee supports the following initiatives and duties. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.

  • 1
    Review data from Spilhaus Award 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 AGU Spilhaus Award nominations are competitive.
  • 3
    Select the Spilhaus Award recipients
  • 4
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nominations.
  • 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’ rewards and recognition programs.