Kerry Kelts Research Award

Kerry KeltsKerry Kelts just before receiving the first Bradley Medal at the ILIC meeting in Brest, France. Photo credit: Michael Rosen

The 2024 application period for the Kerry Kelts Research Award of the GSA Limnogeology Division is open until 1 February 2024. 

These awards for undergraduate or graduate student research are named in honor of Kerry Kelts, a visionary limnogeologist and inspiring teacher.

This year, one award of $1,500 for research related to limnogeology, limnology, or paleolimnology is available.

The application consists of:

  •  Research summary containing a description of the proposed research including title, its limnogeological significance, why the award funds are needed for the project, and a brief description of the student's other funding sources. Maximum length is 5 pages, including figures and captions; list of references cited not included in page limit. 
  • a short CV (two pages maximum). 

Prepare your application as a PDF titled: "Kelts Award application [Your Last Name]"  

Send your application to Division Chair Jason Price   (

The award will be presented at the Limnogeology Division Business Meeting and Reception at the GSA Annual Meeting. 

We hope to increase the number of the awards in succeeding years. If you are interested in supporting this awards program, please send your donations, designated for the Kerry Kelts Research Awards of the Limnogeology Division, to GSA, P.O. Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301-9140, USA.

Past Awardees


Hailey K. Sinon (University of Pittsburgh)
"Assessment of the Mobilization of Permafrost-Derived Organic Carbon into North Slope Lakes, Arctic Alaska Spanning the Last 35ka" 


Natalie Packard (University of Michigan)
"Dolomitic Influence on the Triple Oxygen Isotope Signature at Bear Lake, Utah/Idaho" 


Ellie Broadman (Northern Arizona University)
"Holocene effective moisture in south-central Alaska reconstructed from diatom flora and δ18Odiatom at Sunken Island Lake" 


Sabrina Brown (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
"Diatom-inferred Impacts of Recent Climate Change on Yellowstone Lake,
Yellowstone National Park"


Danielle R. Haskett (University of Georgia)
"Climate and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the late Quaternary: An Analogue for a Warm Future"


Ann Elisabeth Morey (Oregon State University)
"Earthquake triggered deposits in Squaw Lake, Oregon"


Jordan Bright (The University of Arizona)
"Looking for the ocean in a desert: Ostracode faunal and stable isotope investigation into an estuarine interpretation for the southern Bouse Formation, Blythe Basin, Az - Ca."

Cindy Frickle (University of Minnesota)
"Lipid ‐ based immuno ‐ magnetic capture and isolation of environmental microorganisms"


Audrey A. Blakeman (Ohio University, Athens)
"Carbonate lake deposits in the fluvial Bridger Formation of the Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming"


Elizabeth Thomas (Brown University)
"Generating a quantitative record of Holocene terrestrial climate on Western Greenland to decipher mechanisms controlling ice sheet discharge and sea level rise"


Laurel Stratton ( University of Nevada, Reno)
"Diatoms as Proxies for Hydrographic Variability in a Small, Subalpine Lake, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Northern California"


Maarten Van Daele (Ghent University, Gent, Belgium)
"Imprint of the Mw 8.8 Maule earthquake (27 February 2010) on lake sediments in South-Central Chile"


Marit Heideman (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada)
"Assessment of flood hazard and flood risk of the Lillooet River, in the southern Coast Mountains of British Columbia"

Chelsea Carmichael (Loma Linda University, Loma Linda CA, USA)
"Environmental Controls on Formation of Newly Discovered Spring Microbialites and Associated Carbonates near Brisco, British Columbia"

Julie Loisel (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA)
"Expanding peatlands in south-central Alaska: a response to glaciers-climate feedbacks?"


Jennifer Hargrave (University of Oklahoma, Norman)
"Lithostratigraphy and Fossil Avifauna of the Pleistocene Fossil Lake Formation, Oregon, and the Oligocene Etadunna Formation, Tirari Desert, South Australia"

Daren Nelson (University of Utah)"Refining the Paleoclimatic
Record of Lake Bonneville: The Analysis of the Transgressive Lacustrine Record and its Implications for Regional Climatic Change During the Late Pleistocene"

Heidi Roop (Northern Arizona University)
"Late Holocene Climatic Variability in South-central Alaska: Using Clastic varves to Reconstruct Regional Climate"


Melissa Berke (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
"Creating a regional reconstruction of the thermal and hydrologic history of the East African Rift Lake area during the Holocene, since the Last Glacial Maximum, using a multiproxy approach"

Jessica Chappell (Syracuse University)
"Neogene through Quaternary climate variability in Lake Albert, East African Rift,from scanning XRF analysis of oil exploration well cuttings"

Colin A. Cooke (University of Alberta)
"Lake-sediment archives of atmospheric mercury deposition from the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes"

Michael McGlue (University of Arizona)
"Understanding topographic closure and the evolution of foreland basin lakes, developing generic facies models for small lacustrine systems, and developing late Pleistocene-Holocene records of southern hemisphere climate change"


Caleb Schiff (Northern Arizona University)
"Late Holocene temperature of Prince William Sound, southern Alaska"


Torrey G. Nyborg (Loma Linda University)
"Depositional environment, tectonics, and animal track distribution of the Neogene fluvial-lacustrine Copper Canyon Unit, Death Valley National Park"

Christopher M. Moy (Stanford University)
"Latitudinal Shifts in the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies: Implications for Atmospheric CO2 Through Southern Ocean Positive Feedback Mechanisms"

Aggeliki Barberopoulou (University of Washington)
"How dangerous are seismic seiches: On the prediction of water wave amplitudes during strong ground shaking"


Susan Zimmerman (Columbia University)
"Correlating proxies for Late Pleistocene glacial activity and lake chemistry in the Mono basin to global climate events"

Broxton Bird (California State University at Fullerton)
"Assessing the paleoclimate record of Dry Lake,southern California, using three-dimensional ground-penetrating radar image profiling"

Brandy Anglen (Indiana University)
"Sulfur isotopic analyses of sulfate and sulfide in a perennially ice-covered lake, Taylor Valley, Antarctica"