Richard Marston is University Distinguished Professor of Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at Kansas State University. Dick earned degrees in geography from UCLA (B.A. 1974) and Oregon State University (M.S. 1976, Ph.D. 1980). Dick served as the 102nd President of the Association of American Geographers in 2005-06. He has been Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Geomorphology, since 1999. The American Institute of Hydrology first certified Marston as Professional Hydrologist #488 in 1984. Dick is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geographical Society, Explorers Club, Geological Society of America, and Royal Geographical Society. The Association of American Geographers recognized him in 2003 with the Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors.
Dr. Marston's selection as a Jefferson Science Fellow was featured on Kansas State University's website. Read the article here.
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Richard Marston served as a senior science advisor in INR/GGI. He followed developments on water resources and geohazards, including glacier changes in the Himalayas, construction of hydropower dams, and water as a global security issue. In addition to supporting his colleagues in GGI and INR in general, Richard interacted with other offices in the Department of State, including the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, the Water Team (largely the Bureau of Oceans and International Scientific and Environmental Affairs), the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau, and Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero's office. Richard was part of a group working on a possible Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technology (GDEST) on Himalayan watershed management.