Vicki McConnell Honored with AGI Ian Campbell Medal for Service to Geosciences

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Dr. Vicki S. McConnell, former Executive Director of The Geological Society of America (GSA) and current GSA Executive Director Emerita, as the 2023 recipient of the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences.

Senator Hickenlooper Helps Kick Off AGI Special Session at GSA Connects 2022

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper will be among the featured speakers at "The American Geosciences Institute at 75: Implementing a Vision of Sustainability as a Unifying Geoscience Framework," a Special Session of the Geological Society of America's GSA Connects 2022 National Conference, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. MDT, Monday, October 10, 2002, in the Mile High Ballroom 2C, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado.

The session's kick-off speakers will include:

James M. Robertson

Dr. James M. Robertson, recently retired State Geologist and Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, has been named the 2020 recipient of the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, AGI's highest award. Dr. Robertson has provided outstanding service to the geoscience community in a variety of ways. Most notably, he was a long-time director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. A highlight of Dr. Robertson’s tenure there was the acquisition and development of Wisconsin’s repository for core and geological samples, the Mount Horeb Research and Education Center. Today this repository boasts over 660,000 feet of rock core, thousands of well-cutting sets, and irreplaceable hand samples in a well-organized and accessible modern facility near Madison, Wisconsin.


Before that, Dr. Robertson served in various roles at New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, including Associate Director, Acting Deputy Director, Senior Economic Geologist, and Mining Geologist. He focused on New Mexico’s Precambrian geology and mineral resources with emphasis on recognizing, organizing, and defining a state-wide chronologic and geologic framework for Precambrian rocks. In prior years, Dr. Roberson worked as a geologist at Hudson’s Bay Oil & Gas Co. Ltd. (1974) and taught as a visiting assistant professor at Michigan Technological University (1972-1973). He earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Carleton College in 1965, his master’s in geology from the University of Michigan in 1968, and his Ph.D. in economic geology from the University of Michigan in 1972.


Dr. Robertson held leadership roles at the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) including that of President in 1999-2000, and he played an integral role on the AASG Federal Liaison Committee. He also held leadership roles at AGI, serving as Treasurer (2009-2011), Finance Committee Chair (2011-2013), and as a long-time chair of the Government Affairs Committee. Dr. Robertson has strong ties to the Geological Society of America (GSA), having been a Geology and Public Policy Committee member for over 30 years and having become a GSA fellow in 1997. He also has been active within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; the New Mexico Geological Society; the Society of Economic Geologists; the American Institute of Professional Geologists; and a number of national and state boards, councils, and committees.

AGI Affiliation: 

AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, 2020

Gordon E. Brown Jr.

Dr. Gordon E. Brown Jr. is the D.W. Kirby Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Stanford University and Professor Emeritus of Photon Science at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The recipient of AGI's Ian Campbell Medal for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, Dr. Brown has served the geosciences in a variety of professional capacities including multiple leadership roles at Stanford University as well as significant advisory committee work for the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, Los Alamos National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, the National Research Council, the Gemological Institute of America, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and various geoscience societies including the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the Geochemical Society, and the Mineralogical Society of America. Dr. Brown earned his Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Crystallography from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1970.

AGI Affiliation: 

Member at Large, 2020-2023

Jonathan D. Arthur

Dr. Jonathan D. Arthur is State Geologist of Florida and Director of the Florida Geological Survey.  He holds degrees from Florida State University and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.  Jon is also a member of IAH and NGWA.  He has had leadership roles with the Association of American State Geologists (President 2014-2015), the Florida Association of Professional Geologists (President 2003-2006), the AIPG Florida Section Executive Committee (2007 – 2009) and has served on National Academy of Science committees.  His areas of specialization include hydrogeochemistry and aquifer vulnerability, with special interest in geoscience policy and advocacy.

AGI Affiliation: 

Member at Large (2017-2020)


“Geoscience Librarianship 101” – a full-day introduction to earth science information resources and their organization – will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) on Saturday, November 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Registration is free and open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies.

AGI Welcomes Member Society Scholar-in-Residence, Sarah K. Fortner, Ph.D.

Sarah Fortner

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is excited to welcome Sarah K. Fortner, Ph.D., from the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Wittenberg University as its second Member Society Scholar-in-Residence. As a Scholar-in-Residence, Fortner will support informed decision-making by connecting geoscience practitioners and students with local decision-makers.

Mineralogical Society of America Awards Luncheon Announced #GSA2017

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The Mineralogical Society of America Awards Lunch is Tuesday, 24 October 2017 during the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. During the luncheon the Roebling Medal will be presented to Edward M. Stolper (California Institute of Technology, USA); the Dana Medal to Thomas W.

Earth Anatomy Revealed: Geologic Mapping for Our Future

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Are you attending the Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting in Seattle this year? If so, please join us on the morning of Wednesday October 25th for an exciting Pardee symposium, "Earth Anatomy Revealed: Geologic Mapping for Our Future". Details on this Pardee Symposium can be found at

EARTH - Geology for Everyone: Making the Field Accessible

Following the Sea-to-Sky highway in British Columbia, faculty and students on the GSA's first fully-accessible field trip learned that "many barriers common in geoscience instruction can be overcome by focusing on students' abilities, rather than on their inabilities or challenges, thus creating a rewarding community of learning for all students."


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