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Glen MacDonald

GLEN M. MACDONALD. John Muir Memorial Chair and Distinguished Professor of Geography, UCLA. Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1984; M.S., University of Calgary, 1980; A.B. University of California Berkeley 1978.

Service to Geography: Vice President of the AAG (2015-present); Member of NRC Committee on Transformative Research in the Geographical Sciences (2014-present); NRC Standing Committee on the Geographical Sciences (2011-Present); NRC Committee on Strategic Directions in the Geographical Sciences (2008-10); Chair, AAAS Geography and Geology Committee (2011-13); Chair, AAG Biogeography Specialty Group (1999-2001); Treasurer, International Biogeography Society (2001-2002); AAG Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group Board (2005-06); AAAS Geography and Geology Nominating Committee (2005-08); CAG Global Change Committee (1991); Advisory Committee, National Atlas of Canada (1989); Editorial Board, Annals of the AAG (1996-2000), Physical Geography (2002-2010), Journal of Biogeography (2004-2006), Geography Compass (2005-2007), Great Lakes Geographer (1993-1997); Fieldtrip Co-Organizer, AAG (2002); Fieldtrip Organizer, CAG (1987); Workshop Co-Organizer, AAG (2013); Session Organizer, AAG (1990); Session Organizer, CAG (1986); Elector for Geography, University of Oxford (2008 and 2010). AAG 1995-present.

Other Service: President, Canadian Association of Palynologists (1995); International Coordinator, International Boreal Forest Research Association (Global Change) (1991-93); Chair, NSF PARCS Program (2001-05); Chair, IsoTrace Laboratories Board Physics University of Toronto (1993-95); Chair, Committee on the Future of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (1989); Council of Advisors, Heritage Canada/The National Trust (2014-present); Associate Editor, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research (2006-present); Editorial Board, World Agriculture (2010-present), Ecological Applications (2000-03), Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (1989-2007), Quaternary International (1997-present); Guest Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Section (2010), Journal of Paleolimnology (2000), Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (1993), Canadian Geographer (1988).

Professional Experience: Full Professor to Distinguished Professor, UCLA (1995-present); John Muir Memorial Chair (2014-present); UC Presidential Chair (2009-14); Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (2009-2014); Chair, UCLA Canadian Studies Program (2012-Present); Chair, UCLA Geography (2002-06); Vice Chair, UCLA Geography (1998-02); Visiting Fellow, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (2009); Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, McMaster University, Canada (1984-1995); Visiting Fellow and Life Member, Clare Hall Cambridge (1989); Associate Chair, McMaster University Canada (1991-94).

Research and Teaching Interests: Geography with emphasis on Theoretical and Applied Biogeography, Climate Change and Its Environmental and Social Impacts, Human-Environment Interactions, Sustainability Science.

Awards, Honors, Grants: Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (2015); Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2015); James J. Parsons Distinguished Career Award (2015); Rockefeller Bellagio Resident (2013); Guggenheim Fellow (2008-09); Fellow AAAS (2006); University of Helsinki Medal (1995); AAG BSG Cowles Award for Excellence in Publication (2004 and 1999); Discover Magazine Top 100 Science Story (2005); UCLA Friends of Geography Atlas Award (2005); UCLA Vasa Cube Award for Fiat Lux Seminars (2005); UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (2001); McMaster University Award for Teaching Excellence (1987); Comeaux Lecture, Arizona State University (2011); Association of American Geographers Plenary Lecture (2009); Haynes Lecture, Texas A&M University (2009); Marshack Lecture, UCLA (2009); Atwood Lecture, Clark University (2009); Bjerknes Lecture, University of Bergen, Norway (2008); Hilldale Distinguished Lecture, University of Wisconsin at Madison (2007); Mayer Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2006); Brown Day Lecture, University of Minnesota (2005); Astor Visiting Lecturer, Oxford University (2003); PI or Co-PI on more than $6.4 million in external grants and awards from NSF, NSERC, Royal Society of Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, Government of the NWT, Government of Alberta, EPA, NPS, DoI, PAGES, Marisla Foundation.

Publications: Author/co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 10,000 citations. Articles appearing in Nature, Science, Nature Communications, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, American Naturalist, Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Geology, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, The Holocene, Quaternary Research. Award-winning book Biogeography: Time, Space and Life, Wiley (2003). Op/Eds in the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

Statement: My term as Vice President has shown me the vibrancy of the AAG membership and the huge relevancy of geography to the world today.  My experiences have reaffirmed my belief that in academic fields ranging from Regional Economics to Digital Humanities, from Genomics to Earth Systems Sciences, geographical perspectives, theory and tools are being increasingly embraced and applied. The importance of geography extends well beyond the academy and is central to the challenges of social and environmental justice, regional economic development, food, water and energy resources and biodiversity conservation. I see the progress of the AAG in being at the center of this exciting renaissance. I have witnessed how we are achieving this by both leading with new theories, applications and tools and partnering with other disciplines in their development. To continue to build we must continue to strengthen in the analysis and understanding of space and place as defining properties of many phenomena, strength in integrating natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to tackle pressing academic and societal questions, strength in the deep understanding of nature-human interactions and the world created by such interactions. I firmly believe that to be at the center of the 21st century geographic revolution, the AAG must continue to be inclusive, innovative and proactive. My priorities remain to work with AAG leadership and members to: 1) Aggressively promote the AAG and discipline of geography to other academic units, agencies and the private sector to develop awareness and active partnerships; 2) Actively promote through targeted publications, targeted sessions and workshops collaboration between geographers from the natural science, social science, humanities and technology traditions; 3) Through targeted sessions and workshops create a new generation of geographers equipped with the culture and capability for such integrated cross-disciplinary work and prepared with professional career training to be effective in the academy and outside; 4) Actively draw in geographers from the rest of the Americas and beyond to make the AAG more fully an Americas-wide and international hub of geographical thought, education and research; 5) Actively draw in the many neo-geographers now working in our tradition but outside geography departments and make the AAG the must-go-to place for accepted wisdom, new ideas and intellectual community for all who embrace the geographic perspective; 6) Expand our relevance and reach in professional geography communities outside of the academy. The Professional Geographer for example could be the must-read journal for the geographic practitioner; 7) Aggressively pursue new revenue streams through foundations, agencies, corporate partners and donors to support the initiatives above. To these I would add my desire to find new ways to recognize and support the excellence of our individual members and geography departments they represent. The priorities I have enumerated do have an appreciable outward-looking component. Considering the many disciplines represented by the founding members of the AAG and its wide focus beyond the few geography departments in existence in 1904, I think this is in the best tradition of our organization and is the recipe for growth and impact in the 21st century. Furthermore, the agenda above would rely upon real engagement with AAG members and geography departments to share my experiences and ideas and learn from theirs. I have learned so much already as Vice President and am so thankful for our current and former Presidents, Council and members for their help by advice and example. I would be deeply honored to continue to serve the AAG and its members as President. I know that together we will take our organization to new and greater heights in this exciting second century of the AAG.