The Hydrology Section presented the following outstanding student paper awards at the 1997 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., last December.
Robert P. Ackert, Jr. presented a poster titled “Late Quaternary Glacial Chronology of the Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica: Evidence for Expansion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during Marine Isotope Stage 2 and 4.” Robert received his B.A. and master degrees in geological sciences from the University of Maine in 1979 and 1990, respectively. His research interests are reconstructing past climate and ice sheet dynamics from glacial geologic records and geomorphology. His primary research area has been Antarctica where he has participated in 12 field seasons. Realizing the potential of surface exposure dating using cosmogenic nuclides for developing glacial chronologies and the advantages of making his own measurements, he has become an isotope geochemist. Robert is finishing his Ph.D. dissertation under Mark Kurz in the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.