Saffer and Scanlon Give 2022 AGU Named Lectures

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The Jackson School of Geosciences’ Demian Saffer and Bridget Scanlon are each to give a Bowie Lecture at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in December 2022. The AGU’s Bowie Lectures are among the highest honors given to scientists in their fields.

Saffer was selected to present the Francis Birch Lecture, which honors scientists in the field of tectonophysics and is named after renowned American geophysicist Francis Birch. Scanlon was selected to present the William Bowie Lecture in the geodesy section, named after AGU’s first president, William Bowie.

Saffer is the director of the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics and a professor at the Jackson School’s Department of Geological Sciences.

He and his research group focus on the mechanics of earthquake fault zones, which they study through a combination of field observations, laboratory experiments and computer modelling. He has also led five major scientific ocean drilling expeditions to investigate large earthquake faults at the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

Scanlon is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, where she has worked for over 30 years. She is a world-leading authority on water research, its usage, storage and conservation.

She has published over 100 articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including a 2022 study on water levels and use across Africa’s aquifers.

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