Spiegelman Named AGU Fellow

Sep 23 2022

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Marc Spiegelman was elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) joining 53 other individuals in the 2022 Class of Fellows. Since 1962, the AGU Union Fellows Committee has selected less than 0.1% of members as new Fellows. AGU, a nonprofit organization that supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences, annually recognizes a select number of individuals as part of its Honors and Recognition program.

Prof. Spiegelman holds a joint appointment between Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia Engineering (where he is currently chair). He is also a long-standing member of Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory where he started as a Lamont Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 1989. He received his BS in Earth Sciences in 1985 from Harvard University and his PhD from Cambridge University in 1989 supervised by Prof. Dan McKenzie.

Prof. Spiegelman's research concerns the dynamics and chemical consequences of coupled fluid-solid flow in the solid earth. Much of his work concerns the generation and transport of partially molten rock in the convecting mantle, but together with students and colleagues he has also made contributions to the understanding of reactive flow in brittle materials with applications to geological carbon sequestration, as well as the interaction of subglacial hydrology and ice-sheet dynamics. More recently he has been involved in multiple projects to develop useful software for reproducible computation of both geodynamics and thermodynamics.

AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients during #AGU22 Fall Meeting, 12-16 December 2022 in Chicago, IL and online everywhere. This celebration is a chance for AGU’s community to recognize the outstanding work of our colleagues and be inspired by their accomplishments and stories. 

AGU ( supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences. Through broad and inclusive partnerships, we advance discovery and solution science that accelerate knowledge and create solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. Our programs include serving as a scholarly publisher, convening virtual and in-person events and providing career support. We live our values in everything we do, such as our net zero energy renovated building in Washington, D.C. and our Ethics and Equity Center, which fosters a diverse and inclusive geoscience community to ensure responsible conduct. 


Marc Spiegelman, the Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics; Chair, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

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