Steve Hageman awarded a Geological Society of America Fellowship

Dr. Steve Hageman 
Department of Geological and Environmental Studies 

GSA Fellowship 
Geological Society of America (GSA)

Dr. Steve Hageman, Geological and Environmental Sciences, was recognized as a newly elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) at their recent meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. 

“Steven J. Hageman merits GSA Fellowship based on: publication of his internationally regarded research on fossil bryozoans with important implications for evolution, paleoecology and sedimentology; dedicated teaching and mentoring of geology students with impacts beyond his institution; and service to the profession, particularly as editor of the Journal of Paleontology,” said Patricia Kelle, past president of the Paleontological Society.

Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of the geological profession by election. GSA members are nominated by existing fellows in recognition of a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology and leadership of professional organizations.

 “Steve has a talent in the classroom for opening up the world to Appalachian students, many who have not traveled far from home. He encouraged two of his undergraduate research students to pursue their Ph.D.’s internationally. Steves scholarly activity includes serving as a patient mentor to undergraduate students. He has supervised 12 undergraduate senior theses. Additionally, he has spent countless hours leading students on field trips in the Appalachia region and to visit museum collections,”said Dr. Ellen A. Cowan, GSA nominator and professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Studies.

Hageman joined the Appalachian faculty in 1998, coming from a research associate position at the Field Museum of Natural History and a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. His research interests are in patterns and processes of evolution, particularly microevolution and speciation. His primary study groups are Cenozoic cheilostomate and Paleozoic stenolaemata bryozoans.

He also received the University College Transfer Student Champion Award in 2019, in addition to being a two-time award recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship in 2006 and 2018. In 2009, Hageman received the Board of Governors' Appalachian State University College Teaching Award.  

Hageman earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Illinois and his B.S. from the University of Kansas. 


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By Barclay Ann Blankenship
October 24, 2019

Dr. Steve Hageman, professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Studies of Appalachian State University, recipient of the Geological Society of America Fellowship. Photo by University Communications.
Published: Oct 29, 2019 4:26pm