Richard Law, professor of geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been selected as a Fellow in the Geological Society of America.
Law was selected for his work in the tectonics of active and ancient collisional mountain belts, his advocacy of field-based research, and his record of teaching and service to the Earth science community.
His research interests include structural geology, deformation mechanisms and formation of crystallographic fabrics during the evolution of geological structures, and thrust and extensional tectonics with particular reference to strain path partitioning.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1987, Law has edited two books and published 75 papers. He received his bachelor's degree from Kingston University and his master's degree and doctoral degree from Chelsea College of London University.
Two Virginia Tech alumni were also selected for GSA Fellowship: Fred Webb, professor emeritus at Appalachian State University, who received his master's degree and doctoral degree from Virginia Tech; and Carl Kirby, professor of geology at Bucknell University, who received his bachelor's degree, master's degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.