Mr. President, members, and guests: It’s a huge honor to receive this award. It is fantastic to be associated with such an eminent list of previous winners. I only hope I can go on to have as successful a career as some of the previous Lindgren awardees.

There are lots of people I should thank who have influenced me during my development as a geologist. As a child I was always interested in the outdoors and mountains. Mountains were for climbing up and skiing down but I was always fascinated by why they were there, and where they came from....

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