Award: Distinguished Public Service to the Earth Sciences Award 2002
Awardee: Kirk R. Johnson
Citation Published In: The Outcrop, November 2002, p. 9
The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents its award for Distinguished Public Service to the Earth Sciences to Kirk R. Johnson in recognition of his dedicated commitment to earth science and public education.
Dr. Johnson is the Curator of Paleontology and Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where he has been since 1991. He co-directed the installation of the museum’s popular Prehistoric Journey exhibit in 1995 and the Colossal Fossil Vacation exhibit in 1999. He is the lead author (with Richard Stucky) of the award-winning book, Prehistoric Journey: A History of Life on Earth and has been featured in more than a dozen television shows about paleontology and extinction. Since 1998, he has supervised the Denver Basin Project, a multidisciplinary effort to understand and interpret the geology, paleontology, and hydrology of the rocks beneath Denver.
As a popular lecturer and tour leader, Dr. Johnson speaks on a variety of topics ranging from dinosaur extinction to continental drift. As a strong advocate of public education, he has served as Program Director for the museum’s popular Paleontology Certification Program, and continues to teach several classes in paleontology and paleobotany each year. Dr. Johnson has also published nearly 200 scientific papers and has collaborated with earth scientists from such noteworthy organizations as the Smithsonian Institute, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Natural Science Museum in Tokyo.
In recognition of his enthusiasm and dedication to promoting public education and dissemination of earth science research, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents Dr. Kirk R. Johnson its award for Distinguished Public Service to the Earth Sciences.