Jerry X. Mitrovica, Harvard University, received the 2023 Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship.

Mitrovica has advanced our understanding of the complex relationship between sea level and melting ice sheets and their impacts on human societies past and present. 

Mitrovica’s research explores the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the Earth system through a combination of advanced theoretical work, numerical modeling, and data analysis.  

He has developed models to better predict changes in sea level in response to glacial melting, with particular emphasis on critical events in ice age climate and on the sea-level fingerprints of modern polar ice sheet collapse. His work covers a range of topics including the connection of mantle convective flow to the geological record, the rotational stability of the Earth and other terrestrial planets, and ice age geodynamics. 

Mitrovica is not only a renowned lecturer and public speaker, but also serves as a mentor and inspiration for the next generation of critical thinkers.

The Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship is awarded to a scientist making lasting contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth and whose lectures will provide solid, timely, and useful additions to the knowledge and literature in the field. The nominee should also be a good speaker with the ability to summarize and synthesize current knowledge in the field. The recipient is awarded a $50,000 prize and funds to present a series of Day Lectures, provided for by the Arthur L. Day Bequest.


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