The Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal is one of several prestigious honors given by the American Geographical Society. Diana Liverman, Regents’ Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, received the medal on November 17th, 2017, during the AGS Fall Symposium, Geography 2050: The Future of Mobility, held at Columbia University.
In recognition of her distinguished work in human-environmental interactions and policy, Diana Liverman has received the 2017 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal from the American Geographical Society.
The Melamid Medal rewards “outstanding work on the dynamic relationship between the natural world and humans.” Liverman has centered her work on humanity’s most critical global challenge: to understand the dynamic of climate change and its impacts on everyone, especially those who are the most vulnerable.
Throughout her career, Liverman has combined the skills of the scientist and the humanist. She has worked to shape environmental and climate policies as an active member of national and international advisory committees on global change, including the U.S. NAS Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change and the Inter American Institute (IAI) for Global Change Research. In directing her doctoral students to explore local resilience strategies, she fosters research that offers concrete steps for constructive action and hope.
“Diana has been involved with a breathtaking number of initiatives on global climate change. The geographical perspectives she brings to climate research adds the complexity of scale, and makes sure the analysis accounts for impacts on society from the most global to the most local levels,” said Deborah Popper, Vice President of AGS, in a recent interview. “She has trained many people to continue the tradition of using geography to help understand larger patterns in the Earth’s system and their effects on all of us, especially on the food security of the most vulnerable.”
“I am very honored and grateful to receive this award which is a wonderful recognition of the human-environment tradition of geography and its commitment to a more sustainable world,” Liverman said. “We are at a critical moment in humans' relation to nature as our activities increasingly affect the whole planet, with serious implications for future generations, today’s economies, and livelihoods at greatest risk such as those of small islands and least developed countries.”
Text excerpted from the press release from the American Geographical Society.