On January 14, 2006, the Fellows Committee of the American Geophysical Union elected Professor Tommy Dickey as one of 45 members to join the ranks of AGU Fellows this year. The Fellowship is awarded to scientists who have attained acknowledged eminence in one or more of the various branches of geophysics, and no more than 0.1% of the AGU membership may be elected Fellows each year.
To quote its website, “the American Geophysical Union is an international scientific society with more than 41,000 members in over 130 countries. For over 75 years, AGU researchers, teachers, and science administrators have dedicated themselves to advancing the understanding of Earth and its environment in space and making the results available to the public through publications and international forums.”
Prof. Dickey is the principal investigator of UCSB’s Ocean Physics Laboratory, and he’s a faculty member in the Departments of Geography and Mechanical and Environmental Engineering. His primary research interest is in interdisciplinary oceanography, and his group specializes in the deployment of physical, chemical, biological, and optical instrumentation on autonomous platforms in shallow coastal and deep open-ocean settings (see his website). The AGU Fellows Committee elects Fellows who have “made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the geophysical sciences, to the service of the community, and to the public’s understanding,” and it cited Tommy “for the development, scientific application, and promotion of novel interdisciplinary observing systems for the ocean sciences.” Congratulations to Tommy, who typifies our department’s claim to being number one in the nation.