Department of Geology

The Geological Society of America (GSA) recently awarded Mian Liu with the 2023 George P. Woollard Award. Liu, the William H. Byler Distinguished Chair and Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences, was honored for his outstanding contributions to geology at the annual GSA meeting on Oct. 15 in Pittsburgh.

“I am very humbled by this honor and extremely pleased with the Geological Society of America’s recognition of the work my students and I have been doing at the University of Missouri for the past 30 years,” said Liu.

Liu’s research focuses on the geophysics and geodynamics of the solid Earth. He and his students combine numerical modeling with geophysical and geological data analyses to study mantle flow, lithospheric deformation, mountain building and basin formation, faulting and earthquakes.

The GSA is a nonprofit global scientific society dedicated to the advancement of the geosciences with members from academia, government and industry in more than 100 countries.

Mian Liu photo