Department of Geography and the Environment

Professor and Alumnus Receive 2016 and 2017 Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Awards for Latin American Geography

Mon, February 20, 2017
Professor and Alumnus Receive 2016 and 2017 Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Awards for Latin American Geography
Andrew Sluyter (left) and Tim Beach (right) at the 2017 CLAG meeting

We are pleased to announce and congratulate C.B. Smith, Sr., Centennial Professor Tim Beach and Ph.D. Alumnus Andrew Sluyter for receiving the 2016 and 2017 Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Awards at the CLAG meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) was organized to foster geographic education and research on Latin America. Recipients were selected based on “a corpus of important published work or other significant contribution towards Latin American geography” or work that has contributed greatly in educating broader audiences about Latin America.

“CLAG has a deep intellectual history, with many great forbearers I have had the privilege to know,” Beach said. “Any award named after Carl Sauer makes any recipient humbled. I look around and see or imagine the past winners and many from which I have drawn intellectual succor. I can only measure up to these people because of the great colleagues and all of those past and current students I was lucky to have. I benefited from so many local people who guided me with their insights, experience, and support.”

In addition to being an associate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Beach has conducted field research on geomorphology and geoarchaeology in the Corn Belt of the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, Iceland, and Germany. His research focuses on soil and agricultural systems, geomorphology, water, environmental change, and geoarchaeology.

Andrew Sluyter received his Ph.D. from UT Austin in 1995, and is an associate professor of geography at Louisiana State University. His immense contributions to the field include colonialism and landscape theory, as well as the understanding of pre-colonial and colonial agriculture and environmental change in Mexico.  He has authored more than 70 publications and is currently the CLAG executive director.

“I'm not only honored by the Sauer Award itself, but also to be part of the tradition of excellence of UT Geography, which counts six faculty and alums so honored,” Sluyter said.

Previous honorees from UT Austin include Professors Karl W. Butzer (1996), William E. Doolittle (1994), Peter M. Ward (1989) and UT alumnus Billie Lee Turner II (1986).

Beach, Sluyter (far left) and others from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the 2017 CLAG meeting

Beach, Sluyter (far left) and others from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the 2017 CLAG meeting

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