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Dr. Harry Jol Inducted as Fellow
in Geological Society of America

RELEASED: June 23, 2008

Dr. Harry Jol
Dr. Harry Jol

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor of geography Dr. Harry Jol has been recognized and honored by a group of scientists with whom he often collaborates. The Geological Society of America recently inducted Jol as a GSA fellow, an honor given in recognition of distinguished contribution to the geosciences.

"This is a huge honor," said associate professor of geography Dr. Garry Running, one of Jol's colleagues. "I don't think any other member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty, regardless of departmental affiliation, is a GSA fellow."

GSA fellows can be nominated only by other GSA fellows or members with personal knowledge of the nominee's contributions. Jol was nominated by several GSA fellows, including Dr. J.F. Shroder, a professor in the department of geography and geology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Dr. Ronald Goble, a professor in the department of geosciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Both scientists have worked with Jol on several projects in Israel and Michigan.

In his nomination, Goble cited Jol as "one of the top North American researchers on the use of ground-penetrating radar in sedimentology and geomorphology for the past 15 years." He went on to say that Jol has published more than 40 refereed journal articles, made more than 200 conference presentations and engaged in extensive collaborative research throughout the world.

Jol earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and his doctoral degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. After completing two postdoctoral fellowships, he joined the faculty of UW-Eau Claire in 1996. He also is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Toledo and an associate researcher with the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

During his master's degree program, Jol worked on the Fraser River Delta south of Vancouver, Canada, conducting a high-resolution shallow seismic program in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Canada.

During his doctoral research and through to the present, he has utilized ground penetrating radar at more than 1,200 sites in North America, Europe, Israel, New Zealand and Australia. He has a broad background in many fields of the earth sciences, particularly geomorphology, sedimentology and, more recently, geoarchaeology. Much of his research is collaborative with other researchers from federal and state agencies, private industries and academic research institutes.

"I am grateful to be recognized by the Geological Society of America as a fellow and look forward to continuing collaborative research with colleagues and students on projects worldwide," said Jol. "Receiving this honor is also a reflection of the support that UW-Eau Claire provides faculty and the reputation of the institute."

Visit the Web site for more information on GSA fellows.

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