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Don_ByerlyA UT professor who is an authority on the impacts of acid drainage and sulfide oxidation has been named a fellow of the Geological Society of America.

The appointment recognizes Don Byerly’s distinguished contributions to the field of geoscience. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

The announcement appears in the July issue of GSA Today. Byerly, who was nominated for the honor by colleague Bob Hatcher, will be honored at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, in November.

Byerly, a 1966 alumnus of UT, is an engineering geologist. He is active in K—12 teacher education. Honors include being named Outstanding Teacher at UT and the 1999 Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

He is author of the nontechnical book, The Last Billion Years: A Geologic History of Tennessee, published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2013.

The Geological Society of America is a global professional society with a membership of more than 26,000 individuals in 115 countries. It provides professional growth for earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors including academic, government, business, and industry.

To learn more about the Geological Society of America, visit the website.

Learn more about the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences online.


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