Kirk Bryan Award

Past Recipients


About the Kirk Bryan Award

Established in 1951, the Kirk Bryan Award is the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division's only named GSA award.  

The Kirk Bryan Award is bestowed upon the author or authors of a published paper of distinction advancing the science of geomorphology or some related field, such as [Pleistocene] Quaternary geology.

The paper constituting the basis of the award must fulfill the following requirements:

  • The paper will deal with geomorphology or with a bordering field, but related to geomorphology.
  • The paper will have been published not more than five years prior to its selection for the award.

Making a Contribution to the Kirk Bryan Award Fund

Contributions to the Kirk Bryan Award Fund may be made directly to GSA and earmarked as such.   The Kirk Bryan Award Fund is administered by the GSA Foundation.

How to Nominate a Publication for the Kirk Bryan Award

Nomination packages normally consist of:

  • A letter (1-3 pages long) by the chief nominator outlining the significance and importance of the nominated publication;
  • A copy of the publication;
  • Reviews of the publication that have appeared in journals, newsletters, or books; and
  • One or more letters from other supporters of the nomination.  

Please note: Nomination packages (preferably as PDF attached to email) are to be submitted electronically. Paper submissions of nomination packages will be accepted ONLY by permission of the QG&G Secretary. In such cases, seven copies (6 for panel members and 1 for Secretary) must be submitted. Nomination packages should be sent to the Division Secretary

The Kirk Bryan Award Selection Committee consists of the Division Panel and the Secretary, who chairs the committee.

Nomination DEADLINE: January 15th


Recipients of the Kirk Bryan Award

1958: Luna B. Leopold and Thomas J. Maddock, Jr. (U.S. Geological Survey), The hydraulic geometry of stream channels and some physiographic implications: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 252, 57 p., 1953.

1959: Jack L. Hough (University of Illinois), Geology of the Great Lakes: University of Illinois Press, 313 p., 1958.

1960: John F. Nye (University of Bristol), The distribution of stress and velocity in glaciers and ice sheets: Royal Society Academy, Proceedings A, v. 239, p. 113-133, 1957.

1961: John T. Hack U.S. Geological Survey), Studies of longitudinal stream profiles in Virginia and Maryland: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 294B, 97 p., 1957.

1962: Anders Rapp (University of Uppsala), Recent development of mountain slopes in Karkevagge and surroundings, northern Scandinavia: Geografiska Annaler, v. 42, p. 71-200, 1960.

1963: Arthur H. Lachenbruch (U.S. Geological Survey), Mechanics of thermal contraction cracks and ice-wedge polygons in permafrost: Geological Society of America Special Paper 70, 69 p., 1962.

1964: Robert P. Sharp (California Institute of Technology), Wind ripples: Journal of Geology, v. 71, p. 617-636, 1963.

1965: Gerald M. Richmond (U.S. Geological Survey), Quaternary stratigraphy of the La Sal Mountains, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 324, 135 p., 1962.

1966: Charles S. Denny (U.S. Geological Survey), Alluvial fans in the Death Valley region: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 466, 62 p., 1965.

1967: Clyde A. Wahrhaftig (University of California-Berkeley), Stepped topography of the southern Sierra Nevada, California: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 76, p. 1165- 1190, 1965.

1968: David M. Hopkins (U.S. Geological Survey), Quaternary marine transgressions in Alaska, in The Bering Land Bridge: Stanford University Press, p. 47-90, 1967.

1969: Ronald L. Shreve (University of California at Los Angeles), The Blackhawk landslide: Geological Society of America Special Paper 108, 47 p., 1968.

1970: Harold E. Malde (U.S. Geological Survey), The catastrophic late Pleistocene Bonneville flood in the Snake River Plain, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 596, 52 p., 1968.

1971: A. Lincoln Washburn (University of Washington), Instrumental observations of mass wasting in the Mesters Vig district, northeast Greenland: Medd. Gronland, bd. 166, nr. 4, 1967; and Weathering, frost action, and patterned ground in the Mesters Vig district, northeast Greenland: Med. Gronland, bd. 166, nr. 4, 1969.

1972: Dwight R. Crandell (U.S. Geological Survey), Postglacial lahars from Mount Rainier volcano, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 677, 75 p., 1971.

1973: John T. Andrews (University of Colorado), A geomorphological study of post- glacial uplift: London, Institute of British Geographers, Special Publication No. 2, 156 p., 1970.

1974: Robert V. Ruhe (Indiana University), Quaternary landscapes in Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 255 p., 1969.

1975: James B. Benedict (Colorado State University), Downslope soil movement in a Colorado alpine region--rates, processes and climatic significance: Arctic and Alpine Research, v. 2, p. 165-226, 1970.

1976: Geoffrey S. Boulton (University of East Anglia), Processes and patterns of glacial erosion: Binghamton, State University of New York, Proceedings of the 5th Geomorphology Symposium, 1974.

1977: Michael A. Church (University of British Columbia), Baffin Island sandurs: A study of Arctic fluvial processes: Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 216, 208 p., 1972.

1978: Richard L. Hay (University of California at Berkeley), Geology of the Olduvai Gorge--a study of sedimentation in a semiarid basin: Berkeley, University of California Press, 1976.

1979: Stanley A. Schumm (Colorado State University), The Fluvial System: New York, John Wiley and Sons, 338 p., 1977.

1980: James A. Clark (Cornell University), William E. Farrell (University of California at Berkeley), and W. Richard Peltier (University of Toronto), Global changes in postglacial sea level--A numerical calculation: Quaternary Research, v. 9, p. 265-287, 1978.

1981: J. Ross Mackay (University of British Columbia), Pingos of the Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula area, Northwest Territories: Geographie Physique et Quaternaire, v. 33, no. 1, p. 3-61, 1979.

1982: Kenneth L. Pierce (U.S. Geological Survey), History and dynamics of glaciation in the northern Yellowstone Park area: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 729-F, 90 p., 1979.

1983 Leland H. Gile, John W. Hawley, and Robert B. Grossman (U.S. Soil Conservation Service), Soils and Geomorphology in the Basin and Range Area of Southern New Mexico-- Guidebook to the Desert Project: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Memoir 39, 222 p., 1981.

1984: Steven M. Colman (U.S. Geological Survey), Chemical weathering of basalts and andesites--Evidence from weathering rinds: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1246, 51 p., 1982.

1985: No award given.

1986: Ronald I. Dorn and Theodore M. Oberlander (University of California-Berkeley), Rock varnish: Progress in Physical Geography, v. 6, no. 3, p. 317-367 , 1982.

1987: Richard B. Waitt (U.S. Geological Survey), Case for periodic, collosal jokulhlaups from Pleistocene glacial Lake Missoula: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 96, p. 1271- 1286, 1985.

1988: Peter W. Birkeland (University of Colorado), Soils and Geomorphology: New York, Oxford University Press, 372 p. 1984.

1989: Kevin M. Scott (U.S. Geological Survey), Origins, behavior, and sedimentology of lahars and lahar-runout flows in the Toutle-Cowlitz river system: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1447-A, 74 p., 1988.

1990: Arthur S. Dyke and Victor K. Prest (Geological Survey of Canada), Late Wisconsinan and Holocene history of the Laurentide ice sheet: Geographie Physique et Quaternaire, v. 41, no. 2, p. 237-263, 1987.

1991: Milan J. Pavich (U.S. Geological Survey), Processes and rates of saprolite production and erosion on a foliated granitic rock of the Virginia Piedmont, in S.M. Colman and D.P. Dethier, eds., Rates of chemical weathering of rocks and minerals: New York, Academic Press, Inc., p. 552-590, 1986.

1992: R. Dale Guthrie (University of Alaska), Frozen fauna of the Mammoth Steppe: The Story of Blue Babe: Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 323 p., 1990.

1993: William B. Bull (University of Arizona), Geomorphic responses to climate change: New York, Oxford University Press, 326 p., 1991.

1994: Arthur N. Palmer (State University of New York, Oneonta), Origin and morphology of limestone caves, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 103, p. 1-21, 1991.

1995: James E. O'Connor (U.S. Geological Survey), Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Geomorphology of the Bonneville Flood: Geological Society of America Special Paper 274, 90 p., 1993.

1996: Roger T. Saucier (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -ret.), Geomorphology and Quaternary Geologic History of the Lower Mississippi Valley: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 364 p. (Volume I) with 28-plate map folio (Volume II), 1994.

1997: Grant A. Meyer, Stephen G. Wells, and A.J. Timothy Jull, Fire and alluvial chronology in Yellowstone National Park: climatic and intrinsic controls on Holocene geomorphic process: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 107, p. 1211-1230, 1995.

1998: Vance T. Holliday (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironments of Late Quaternary Valley Fills on the Southern High Plains: Geological Society of America Memoir #186, 136 p., 1995.

1999: William L. Graf (Arizona State University), Plutonium and the Rio Grande: Environmental Change and Contamination in the Nuclear Age: New York, Oxford University Press, 329 p., 1994.

2000: Brian R. Atwater (U.S. Geological Survey) and Eileen Hemphill-Haley (University of Oregon), Recurrence intervals for great earthquakes of the past 3,500 years at northeastern Willapa Bay, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1576, 108 p., 1997.

2001: Richard M. Iverson (Cascades Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey), The physics of debris flows: Reviews of Geophysics, v. 35, no. 3, p. 245-296, 1997.

2002: Frank J. Pazzaglia (Lehigh University) and Mark T. Brandon (Yale
University), A fluvial record of longterm steady-state uplift and erosion across the Cascadia forearc high, western Washington State: American Journal of Science, v 301, p
385-431, 2001.

2003: Michael R. Waters (Texas A&M University) and C. Vance Haynes (University of Arizona), Late Quaternary Arroyo Formation and Climate Change in the American Southwest: Geology, v. 29, p. 399-402, 2001.

2004: Stephen C. Porter (University of Washington), Snowline depression in the tropics during the Last Glaciation: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 20, p. 1067-1091, 2001.

2005: John C. Gosse (Dalhousie University) and Fred M. Phillips (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology), Terrestrial in situ cosmogenic nuclides: theory and applications: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 20, p. 1475-1560, 2001.

2006: David R. Montgomery (University of Washington) and Mark T. Brandon (Yale University), Topographic controls on erosion rates in tectonically active mountain ranges: Earth & Planetary Science Letters, v. 201, p. 481-489, 2002.

2007: Marith Cady Reheis, Andrei M. Sarna-Wojcicki, Richard L. Reynolds, Charles A. Repenning, and Martin D. Mifflin (U.S. Geological Survey, Denver and Menlo Park), Pliocene to Middle Pleistocene Lakes in the western Great Basin - Ages and connections: in Hershler, R., Currey, D., and Madsen, D. (Eds.), Great Basin Aquatic Systems History, Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 53-108, 2002.

2008: Jon J. Major (U.S. Geological Survey, Vancouver), Posteruption suspended sediment transport at Mount St. Helens: Decadal-scale relationships with landscape adjustments and river discharges: Journal of Geophysical Research, v.109, F01002, doi: 10.1029/2002JF000010, 2004.

2009: Ellen Wohl (Colorado State University), Limits of downstream hydraulic geometry: Geology, v. 32, p. 897-900, doi: 10.1130/G20738.1, 2004.

2010: Rolfe D. Mandel (Kansas Geological Survey), Buried paleoindian-age landscapes in stream valleys of the central plains, USA: Geomorphology, v. 101, p. 342-361,, 2008.

2011: Robert C. Walter and Dorothy J. Merritts (Franklin & Marshall College), Natural streams and the legacy of water-powered mills, Science, v.319, p.199-204, doi:10.1126/science.1151716, 2008.

2012: Neal R. Iverson, Thomas S. Hooyer, Jason F. Thomason, Matt Graesch, and Jacqueline R. Shumway (Iowa State University), The experimental basis for interpreting particle and magnetic fabrics of sheared till: Earth Surface Processes, v. 22, p.627-645, doi:10.1002/esp.1666, 2008.

2013: P.K. House, P.A. Pearthree, and M.E. Perkins (Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, Arizona Geologocal Survey, University of Utah), Stratigraphic Evidence for the role of lake spillover in the inception of the lower Colorado River in southern Nevada and western Arizona: in Reheis, M.C., Hershler, R., & Miller, D.M. (Eds.), Late Cenozoic drainage history of the Southwestern Great Basin and Lower Colorado River Region - Geologic and Biotic Perspectives, Geological Society of America Special Paper #439.

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