Young named geological society fellow

Rob Young, professor of geology at Western Carolina University and director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at WCU, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Rob Young

Rob Young

To become a fellow, an honor reserved for less than 3 percent of the national society’s members, honorees must be nominated by an existing GSA fellow in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and approved by the entire GSA senate.

Young was nominated in recognition of his sustained contributions to the science of coastal geology and coastal hazards. He also was cited for his public service and outreach work with coastal communities, the National Park Service and state government, and for his role in communicating science to the general public through the media.

Young is author of “The Rising Sea,” a book about the threat posed to coastal communities by global warming. In addition, his appointments have included service on the Science Panel on Coastal Hazards that advises the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission, the South Carolina Blue Ribbon Committee on Shoreline Management, and the N.C. General Assembly’s Offshore Energy Exploration Study Committee.

He also serves on the board of directors for the Olympic Park Institute in the state of Washington, where he has been involved with an ongoing collaborative partnership with the institute through a $1.5 million National Science Foundation-funded initiative called the Elwha Science Education Project. The initiative involves inviting young people from Washington’s Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to investigate how the nation’s largest dam removal project would affect the tribe’s cultural heritage.

In addition, Young is a frequent contributor to the popular media. He has written articles for publications including the New York Times, USA Today, Architectural Record, the Houston Chronicle and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. He has appeared on shows ranging from PBS “Now” to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

Young will be recognized as a GSA fellow at the national meeting of the association to be held in Minneapolis in October.

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