Susan Lozier and Drew Shindell Named AGU Fellows

DURHAM, N.C. – Two faculty members at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment have been named Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Susan Lozier, professor of physical oceanography, and Drew Shindell, professor of climate sciences, are among 62 scientists selected as AGU Fellows this year.

Election as an AGU Fellow is an honor reserved for individuals who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences. AGU bylaws restrict the annual honor to no more than 0.1 percent of the organization’s total membership.

Lozier is a physical oceanographer with interests in large-scale ocean circulation and its links to global climate change.

She currently is leading a $32 milllion international initiative, the U.S.-led Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP), to deploy a new observing system in the subpolar region of the North Atlantic to more accurately measure the ocean’s overturning circulation, a key component of the global climate system. Her studies have appeared in Science, Nature and other top peer-reviewed journals. A member of the Duke faculty since 1992, she was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2008.

Shindell, formerly a climatologist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, joined the Nicholas School faculty earlier this year. He is widely hailed for his work using climate models to investigate connections between climate change and chemical changes in the atmosphere, including the depletion of Earth’s ozone layer. His studies have appeared in Nature, Science and numerous other leading journals.

Lozier, Shindell and the other new Fellows will be recognized during a ceremony on December 17 at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Ana Barros, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, was also named a 2014 AGU Fellow.