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Susan Humphris Named 2013 American Geophysical Union Fellow

Susan Humphris

December 11, 2013

WHOI Senior Scientist Susan Humphris has been elected a 2013 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). A committee of Fellows recognizes her “sustained and exemplary contributions to our understanding of volcanic and hydrothermal processes at mid-oceanic ridges.”

Humphris is among 62 new Fellows who will be honored for their “exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences” at an Honors Ceremony on Dec. 11 during the annual AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco.

The AGU is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization with 62,000 members representing over 148 countries. Established in 1962, the AGU Fellows program helps identify experts who could advise, upon request, various government agencies and other organizations outside the Earth and space sciences. Fellows are nominated by their peers and chosen by a committee of existing Fellows. It is a distinguished honor bestowed upon no more than 0.1 percent of the AGU membership annually.

“Being elected an AGU Fellow is a particular honor as it represents recognition of my scientific contributions by my peers and colleagues,” said Humphris, a senior scientist in WHOI’s Geology and Geophysics Department.

Humphris received her PhD in Chemical Oceanography from the WHOI-MIT graduate program. She served as Director of WHOI’s Deep Ocean Exploration Institute from 2000-2004, Chair of the Geology and Geophysics Department from 2004-2008, acting Vice President for Marine Facilities and Operations from 2008-2010, and most recently Principal Investigator for the Alvin Upgrade Project from 2009-2013.

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