Gaby Katul Awarded Dalton Medal in Hydrological Sciences

October 16, 2017

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DURHAM, N.C. – The European Geoscience Union has named Gabriel G. Katul, Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, the recipient of the 2018 Dalton Medal in Hydrological Sciences.

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Dr. Gabriel Katul (Duke University Photography)

He will receive the medal at an awards ceremony at the EGU’s annual General Assembly next April in Vienna.

The EGU awards the Dalton Medal annually in recognition of groundbreaking contributions to hydrological research. In selecting Katul for the 2018 honor, the award jury cited his impressive body of work in near-surface hydrology, particularly his seminal studies of the soil-plant-atmosphere system that have significantly advanced scientists’ ability to understand and predict ecohydrologic phenomena.

A prolific researcher, Katul has authored or co-authored more than 270 peer-reviewed papers and eight book chapters.  

He was awarded the American Geophysical Union’s Hydrological Sciences Award in 2012, was named an AGU fellow in 2002 and also received the prestigious James B. Macelwane Medal from AGU the same year.  In 2010, he was named a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.

Katul received a PhD in hydrology in 1993 from the University of California at Davis, a Master of Science degree in water resources in 1990 from Oregon State University, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering in 1988 from American University of Beirut.