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Ohio University Professor Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch accepts the W.H. Bradley Medal.

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Gierlowski-Kordesch awarded the W.H. Bradley Medal

International award honors limnogeologists


Ohio University Professor Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch received the W.H. Bradley Medal at the fifth International Limnogeology Congress in Constance, Germany, on Sept. 2.

Every four years the International Association of Limnogeology (IAL) honors an individual who has shown great commitment to the study of limnogeology, the study of lakes and other freshwater basins, and outstanding service within the field.

The W.H. Bradley medal is named after Wilmot Hyde Bradley, a geologist who is noted for his studies on the Green River.

Gierlowski-Kordesch, a professor of geological sciences at OHIO for 22 years, has followed in Bradley’s footsteps and made a name for herself in the field.

"I am honored by this recognition and will continue the work in keeping the science and the scientists of the field of limnogeology moving forward," said Gierlowski-Kordesch.

She first became interested in limnogeology, while working on a research project on the topic as a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University. Since then, she has completed multiple research projects and has had numerous publications. She has published articles on topics such as Triassic-Jurassic rift sediments in the eastern United States and shallow lake deposits from the Cretaceous period in central Spain.

Gierlowski-Kordesch’s future plans include a research project on Triassic lakes located in Central Argentina.

"There is so much more research that can be done on these lakes," she explained.

In addition to her published work, Gierlowski-Kordesch has taught a wide range of students about limnogeology.

"I [have worked] with students from all over the world who come to me asking for help,” she said. “I have had students from Spain, Croatia and Argentina. I work with them for a couple of months and afterwards they go off and publish papers of their own."

Working with these students has been one of the most memorable parts of her job.

In 1993, Gierlowski-Kordesch was one of four limnogeologists who came together to form the IAL. Their goal was to form an association where limnogeologists from across the globe could communicate with each other so to stay informed and up to date on the latest research and findings within the field.

Prior to the formation of the IAL, scientists were scattered throughout the nations with few opportunities to interact with each other. In 2001, Gierlowski-Kordesch became president of the IAL. She has held the position for the past 10 years, helping to focus lake research globally.