Richard Marston ’74 (Life Member) was named a Fellow in the American Association of Geographers (AAG), one of 20 in the inaugural class of Fellows. The AAG has over 12,000 members and no more than two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) of AAG membership (or approximately 20 Fellows) will be selected in any given year. The AAG Fellows program recognizes geographers who have made significant contributions to advancing geography.
Marston specializes in physical geography, geomorphology, mountain geography, and water resource geography. His main research interest is separating the effects of human activities on landscapes from changes that occur naturally.
After receiving his B.A. degree in geography-ecosystems, Marston earned an M.S. (1976) and a Ph.D. (1980) in geography at Oregon State University. His most recent academic appointment was at Kansas State University, where was head of the geography department from 2005 through 2011. Since his retirement from KSU in 2016, he has held the title of University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography.