The medal has been awarded every year since 1967 to scientists “who have a sustained record of outstanding research contributions to Marine Geology.”

Harris received the award because of significant contributions he has made in a number of areas over the last 25 years. He has carried out pioneering work on tide-dominated coastal and shelf deposits, the sedimentary records of the Antarctic glaciation and of Antarctic bottom water formation and the geomorphology of ocean basins, especially submarine canyons.

“I am very honored and humbled to have been chosen to receive this award,” Harris said. “Marine geology is a team sport – no marine geologist has ever taken a sample of the seafloor or mapped the seabed without the help of colleagues, technicians and ship’s crew who all did their part. This award is not just for me, it’s for all my co-workers, past and present, as well.”

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