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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography

James recognized for excellence in geomorphological research

Dr. Allan James, Professor of Geography, has been awarded the G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research at the 2015 AAG Annual Meetings.

The Grove Karl Gilbert Award is presented annually to the author of a single significant contribution to the published research literature in geomorphology during the past three years. Dr. James's paper, published in the journal Anthropocene, brings clarification to the range of ways that the term 'legacy sediment' - the post-settlement alluvium overlaying older surfaces - is used in geomorphological research. James's work provides a broad definition of legacy sedimentation that incorporates the processes of sediment deposition, prevervation, and recruitment. This clarification has a bearing on global environmental change because it includes sedimentation episdoes from past land-use changes that generated geomorphic responses. The award was made during the 2015 AAG Annual Meetings in Chicago.