Published: Aug. 14, 2018

In 2015 Dr. Meredith Plumley successfully competed for a NASA Earth and Space Science Graduate Fellowship, which was used to support her dissertation research. Now, Dr. Plumley has been awarded the 2018 AGU Donald L. Turcotte Award for outstanding dissertation research. Dr.Plumley completed her dissertation, "investigations of asymptotic models for convection-driven flows in geophysical and astrophysical fluid systems,” with Professor Keith Julien in Spring 2018. Since the creation of the Turcotte Award in 2008, Dr. Plumley has been the second APPM graduate student to ever receive the award.

 According to the AGU website, the Turcotte Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to nonlinear geophysics. The primary criteria for choosing an awardee is the impact or potential impact of the research on the field of nonlinear geophysics. So far, Dr.Plumley’s dissertation has resulted in four peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals and one manuscript currently under preparation.

 This Fall Dr. Plumley will present a talk on her dissertation at the Fall 2018 AGU meeting She also recently successfully competed for a postdoctoral fellowship at ETH Zurich Switzerland and will be joining the geophysics group of Professor Andy Jackson this fall. APPM congratulates Dr. Meredith Plumley.