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Union and Section Fellows Selection Committees (2020-2021)

Union Fellows Committee Members



Committee Role

 Primary Section Affiliation  Secondary Section Affiliations 

John Geissman

University of Texas

Committee Chair

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, Electromagnetism  Tectonophysics 
Gia Destouni Stockholm University


Hydrology Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Cryosphere, Global Environmental Change, Ocean Science
Barbara Finlayson-Pitts University of California Irvine

Member  Atmospheric Sciences Education, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Global Environmental Change
Miaki Ishii Harvard University Member Seismology  Natural Hazards, Study of Earth's Deep Interior 
Richard Norby Oak Ridge National Laboratory Member  Biogeosciences Global Environmental Change
Adina Paytan University of California Santa Cruz Member  Ocean Sciences  Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Education, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
Ann Pearson Harvard University
Member Biogeosciences  Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Ocean Sciences
Henry Pollack University of Michigan Ann Arbor


Cryosphere  Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Science and Society, Tectonophysics
A R Ravishankara Colorado State University Fort Collins


Atmospheric Sciences Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Hydrology 
Eric S. Saltzman University of California Irvine


Atmospheric Sciences Cryosphere, Global Environmental Change, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 
Detlef Stammer University of Hamburg


Ocean Sciences N/A
Weijian Zhou Institute of Earth Environment


Global Environmental Change Geomagnetism Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 

Hannah Hoffman


Staff Partner; Honors Program Coordinator 


Artesha Moore


Staff Partner; Vice President, Engagement and Membership


Committee charge and work plan

The Union Fellows Committee is charged with selecting from among the membership those individuals who should be honored with the designation of Fellow in recognition of their acknowledged eminence in Earth and space science. Committee members have the following responsibilities:

  • 1
    Annually selecting eminent Union Fellows, making sure that the number of Fellows each year does not exceed 0.1 percent of the total membership.
  • 2
    Determining policies and procedures to meet the committee charge in a manner consistent with AGU’s bylaws, values and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • 3
    Assuming responsibility for vetting candidates prior to the final selection and protecting the confidentiality of the newly-elected Fellows until appropriate time for announcement.
  • 4
    Providing feedback to section committees regarding promising nominations that are not successful in a given year.
  • 5
    Working with the Honors and Recognition Committee to recommend AGU-wide policies to enhance the effectiveness of the Fellows program.
  • 6
    Promoting excellence and transparency and allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards.
  • 7
    Promoting diversity and commitment to equity to ensure that all awards are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.
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