Slawek Tulaczyk, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

Tulaczyk studies ice sheets and glaciers as dynamic features interacting with geologic, hydrologic, and climatic processes on different timescales. Much of his research focuses on the recent behavior of the West Antarctic ice sheet. A major goal of this work is to test the idea that the West Antarctic ice sheet may collapse and contribute significantly to the ongoing global rise in sea level.

The newly elected GSA fellows will be recognized in a ceremony on October 30 at the 2010 GSA annual meeting in Denver.

Established in 1888, the Geological Society of America is a global professional society with a membership of more than 22,000 individuals in 97 countries. Its mission is to be a leader in advancing the geosciences, enhancing the professional growth of its members, and promoting the geosciences in the service to humankind and stewardship of the Earth.