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 Birdsall-Dreiss Lectures

2014 Lecturer

Larry BandLarry Band is the Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography and Director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina, and a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Science. Band's research is in watershed ecohydrology, including the coevolution of ecological and hydrological systems. His current research focuses in two Long Term Ecological Research sites: Coweeta (North Carolina), and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. In 2010 he was Board Chair for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, and was a deputy editor for Water Resources Research. Band was a visiting scientist at the Australian CRC for Catchment Hydrology in 1992-1993 and at the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO in 2008, the latter on science and management response to the Australian drought. Band has published >130 papers, book chapters and technical reports. His 2014 Birdsall-Dreiss lectures will be based on research linking surface/subsurface flowpath dynamics with ecosystem development in forested and urban sites.

He is offering two talks:

  1. Critical zone processes at the watershed scale: Hydroclimate and groundwater flowpath mediated evolution of forest canopy patterns (Click for abstract),
  2. and

  3. Green infrastructure, groundwater and the sustainable city (Click for abstract)

At the request of interested institutions and pending availability, Larry will present one of the two lectures listed above.

A lecture request form is available here.


Background of the Birdsall-Dreiss Lectureship

Birdsall-Dreiss Lectures
The Birdsall Lectureship began in 1978, as part of a bequest left to the Geological Society of America – Hydrogeology Division in memory of John Manning Birdsall. Mr. Birdsall was a prominent geologist, retired from the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. He was a scientist, a dedicated public servant and a gentleman. The bequest was used to provide travel funds for outstanding scientists working in the field of hydrogeology to visit other institutions and give talks on their research. The first lecturer, Dr. Jacob Bear from the Israeli Institute of Technology, visited only the University of Wisconsin – Madison, which hosted one of the premier hydrogeology programs of that era. The subsequent list of Birdsall-Dreiss lecturers includes many outstanding scientists from academia and government. The number of institutions visited by each lecturer grew rapidly, with recent lecturers typically giving 40 to 50 talks, mainly in the U.S. and Canada, but also in Europe, Asia and Australia.

One of the most popular Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturers was Dr. Shirley Dreiss from the University of California – Santa Cruz. Shortly after her very successful 1992 lecture tour, Shirley was killed in an auto accident. Her many friends and admirers honored her by contributing to the GSA Birdsall Lectureship, which was renamed the Birdsall-Dreiss Lectureship. The Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer is chosen each year by a panel of former B-D lecturers. There are no applications for this position and they make their choice solely on the reputation of perspective candidates for their research excellence and ability to communicate.

The Birdsall-Dreiss endowment pays for part of their travel and candidates typically obtain additional travel funds from their home institution. Universities or other institutions wishing to host a Birdsall-Dreiss lecture send in their application in the fall, with the tour officially starting each January and ending at the fall meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Nomination Information

The lecturer shall be selected based on outstanding contributions to hydrogeology or a closely related field through original research and public communication, and the potential for continued contributions to the profession. The recipient need not be a member of the Hydrogeology Division, or of the Society.

The deadline for receipt of nominations by the chair of the selection committee at is February 1. The materials to be submitted as part of the recommendation will include at least one letter of nomination, a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and at least two supporting letters describing the significant contributions or accomplishments constituting the basis for the nomination.

Each member of the committee, and any other members of the Division who wish to nominate candidates for consideration, shall send to the committee chair by February 1 one to three names of candidates numbered in order of preference, along with nominating and supporting letters. These nominations and supporting information may be sent by email to

It is the responsibility of the nominator to assemble the complete nomination package, including supporting letters, and to transmit the complete package to the committee chair. Resubmission of a nomination from a previous year is permitted, but supporting letters more than three years old at the submission deadline will not be considered. Furthermore, an updated supporting letter will supersede an older letter written by the same person

See Rules and Regulations for complete information.

Previous Lectures

Click here to query the Birdsall-Dreiss Lectures Data Base. The data base includes year, lecturer, employer, and abstract title(s).

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