Competition: US & Canada
Professor Stephen R. Meyers investigates global climate change, Earth history, and Solar System evolution. His research includes the development and application of quantitative approaches for evaluating paleoclimate change, ancient Solar System behavior, and Earth–Moon history using the geologic archive. He also explores new approaches for science education that engage art-science collaboration, with an emphasis on inspiring scientific literacy and cultivating emotional connections to science. Stephen received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Antioch College (1996), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from Northwestern University (1999, 2003). He was awarded a Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship at Yale University from 2003-2005, and has held professorships at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2006-2009), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010-present), where he is a Vilas Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geoscience. Recognition of his scientific and educational contributions include the Outstanding Paper of 2001 Award from the Journal of Sedimentary Research, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2016 James Lee Wilson Award (SEPM), a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship (UW-Madison), the 2022 Chancellor’s Teaching Innovation Award (UW-Madison), and election as a fellow of the Geological Society of America.