Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Peter Clark named OSU Distinguished Professor

February 16, 2016

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has named Peter Clark as a 2016 Distinguished Professor recipient, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member.

The Distinguished Professor award has been presented annually since 1988 to outstanding active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization.

Professor Clark uses climate change in the geologic past to highlight processes relevant to the future. His research emphasizes the role of glaciers and ice sheets in the global climate system. This work is central to the debate about future sea-level changes related to melting of land-based ice, which will likely be one of the major long-term impacts of anthropogenic warming driven by rising greenhouse gasses. Clark is an award winning teacher and mentor and served as the Geosciences Program Head. In addition, he is active in national organizations such as the Geological Society of America and the Geophysical Union. — Sabah Randhawa, Provost and Executive Vice President, Oregon State University

I am very pleased to announce that Peter Clark has will be named the Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Peter's work has emphasized the role of glaciers and ice sheets in global climate change, climate variability related to dynamic responses of ice sheets to bed conditions, the contributions of glaciers and ice sheets to sea-level rise, and glacial meltwater forcing on global ocean circulation. He has more than 40 publications in Nature, Science, and PNAS, one of the highest levels of publication in these journals at OSU. Peter is renowned as an educator at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Peter’s students have adopted his “big think” approach to science and have gone on to very successful careers in science themselves. Peter is also extraordinarily active in national and international service, including several editorships and serving as Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment chapter on Sea Level Change. Peter is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Peter joins Dudley Chelton and Patricia Wheeler as Distinguished Professors in CEOAS. Please join me in congratulating and celebrating Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Peter Clark. — Roy Haggerty, Interim Dean, Hollis M Dole Professor of Environmental Geology, Oregon State University

See "OSU recognizes climate scientist, computer expert with Distinguished Professor awards" for more information.

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