David Gutzler
David Gutzler, professor, UNM Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

University of New Mexico climatologist David Gutzler was one of two recipients of the 2014 New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Awards announced recently in the rotunda at the New Mexico state capitol building during the legislative session.

Gutzler, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was honored for outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in areas of applied science and education in New Mexico. His research specialties include climate change, statistical climatology, and the predictability of weather and climate. Throughout his career, Gutzler has been devoted to the dissemination of climate science to the public and to policy makers. He has taught at UNM since 1995. 

The second recipient was Marcy Leavitt, who was honored for advancing the role of earth science in areas of public service and public policy in New Mexico. Leavitt is currently Texas/New Mexico branch chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Albuquerque District Regulatory Division.

The award, sponsored by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, a division of New Mexico Tech in Socorro, was initiated in 2003 to honor those often unrecognized champions of earth science issues vital to the future of New Mexico.

Selections were made following a statewide nomination process, while the presentations were made by L. Greer Price, director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.