Honors and Awards

Year Honors and Awards
2020 ........................................................................................
  • Science Dialog (Scialog) Fellow in Astrobiology: “Signatures of Life in the Universe” (, Co-Sponsored by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) and Heising–Simons Foundation


2020   •   Fulbright–NSF Arctic Initiative Scholar, Faculty Fellowship to the University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences


2018     •   Selection by Science News as one of the Top 10 Scientists to Watch in 2018


               •   Geological Society of America (GSA)'s Early Career Award (Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology Division)

               •   W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) participant in the “Tidal Heating – Lessons from Io and the Jovian System” workshop


               •   Research Spotlight in the American Geophysical Union (AGU)’s journal Eos (…)

                •   NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Faculty Fellowship

2017      •   Invited by the Icelandic government to help develop a proposal for a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site within the Central Highlands (The Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland was successfully inscribed as a World Heritage Center in 2019)

2016      •   Chair of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) Working Group on Volcano–Ice Interactions

2015      •   NASA Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Award

                •   Appointed to the Editorial Board of GSA’s journal Geology

                •   Vice-Chair of the IAVCEI Working Group on Volcano–Ice Interactions

2014      •   Elected Secretary of the IAVCEI Working Group on Volcano–Ice Interactions

2011      •   NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship (2011–2013)

2010      •   Graduate Student Marshall, Spring Commencement, University of Hawai‘i

                •   University of Hawai‘i Research Council Doctoral Research Achievement Award  

                •   Mark Lierman Memorial Scholarship from the Hawai‘i Geographic Information Coordinating Council for extraordinary achievements in Geography and GIS

                •   Research Highlight in Nature Geoscience (

2009      •   AGU award for outstanding student presentation (Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Division)

2007      •   Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS) student research grant

2006      •   GSA student research grant with an award for outstanding merit

                •   Research grant from the Graduate Student Organization, University of Hawai‘i

2005      •   Léopold Gélinas Medal from the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) for Best Undergraduate Thesis in Canada (Volcanology and Igneous Petrology Division)

2004      •   Canadian National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

                    Postgraduate Masters Scholarship

                •   Dalhousie University, Earth Sciences, Best Undergraduate Thesis Award

                •   AGU award for outstanding student presentation (Planetary Sciences Division)

                •   Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS), Rupert MacNeil Award for best presentation

2003      •   Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences (APICS) award for best presentation

2002      •   Dalhousie University Student Work International Fund Scholarship