Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Kim Cobb and Alberto Saal elected as AGU Fellows

Professors Kim Cobb and Alberto Saal have been elected as American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellows. They join 53 other individuals in the 2023 Class of Fellows. AGU, the world's largest Earth and space sciences association, annually recognizes a select number of individuals for its highest honors. Since 1962, the AGU Union Fellows Committee has selected less than 0.1% of members as new Fellows.

Both Cobb and Sall were selected because of their outstanding scientific achievements, contributions to furthering scientific advancement, and exemplary leadership. They also embody AGU’s vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future powered by discovery, innovation, and action. Equally important is that they conduct themselves with integrity, respect, and collaboration while creating deep engagement in education, diversity, and outreach. 

Kim Cobb joined Brown in 2022 as a Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and as the Director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). In her climate research, Kim Cobb uses observations of past and present climate to advance our understanding of future climate change impacts, with a focus on climate extremes and coastal flood hazards.

Alberto Saal joined Brown in 2003, and focuses his research on determining the origin, scale, composition, and evolution of the heterogeneity in the Earth's and Moon's mantles using isotope, major, trace, and volatile element geochemistry. 

AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients at AGU23, which will convene more than 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries in San Francisco and online everywhere on 11-15 December 2023. The annual Honors Reception is a chance for AGU’s community to recognize the outstanding work of our colleagues and be inspired by their accomplishments and stories. 


AGU ( is a global community supporting more than half a million advocates and professionals in the Earth and space sciences. Through broad and inclusive partnerships, AGU aims to advance discovery and solution science that accelerate knowledge and create solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. Our programs include serving as a scholarly publisher, convening virtual and in-person events and providing career support. We live our values in everything we do, such as our net zero energy renovated building in Washington, D.C. and our Ethics and Equity Center, which fosters a diverse and inclusive geoscience community to ensure responsible conduct.

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