Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Congrats to Dave Montgomery - MacArthur Fellowship

Geomorphologist David Montgomery of the University of Washington has just received a MacArthur Fellowship. (These are the "genius fellowships" that give the awardees $500,000 with no strings attached.)

His book Dirt: the erosion of civilizations has been on my to-read list for a while. (I bet it will be available at the GSA meeting. Maybe there will be signed copies?)



ScienceWoman said...

That's pretty cool. I came *this* close to doing my PhD with him, but I haven't read either of his books. If you do read Dirt please review it on blog.

Anonymous said...

he came and a gave a talk at Stanford last year about his book "Dirt" ... very good presentation and the book sounds fascinating ... it's on my list too

Anonymous said...

I ordered 'Dirt.' Can't wait until it arrives! Thanks for posting this.

Andrew Alden, Oakland Geology blog said...

Oh, this is great, and he deserves the award. He's been a pioneer in the whole field of erosion tectonics, and his previous book on salmon was highly regarded too. With soil, he has hit a pay-dirt subject. I hope he continues to wander into new subjects, though.