2012 – Honorary Membership Award
Dr. Donald R. Lowe is known for his seminal contributions to sedimentology and to understanding the early Earth, its surface system, life and sediments. Don Lowe spent his childhood in Sacramento, and then moved west to Stanford University for his undergraduate education. After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, he returned to California for a Post-Doctoral position at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, studying California phosphate. He spent the first half of his academic career as a faculty member at Louisiana State University. Drawn back to his beloved California, he has been Professor of Geology in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University since 1988, where he holds the Steineke Chair.
Don Lowe has played an especially important role in the evolving understanding of coarse clastic deep-water sediments. His insights into deep-water sedimentary processes and products have shed light on the voluminous turbidite systems recorded in Mesozoic and Cenozoic strata of California, and have significantly aided in the exploration and production of petroleum sequestered in deep-water deposits in California and beyond. For these contributions, Professor Donald R. Lowe is recognized as an Honorary Member of Pacific Section, SEPM.
Stephan A. Graham, Professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University