Foundational women in planetary geomorphology: Some contributions in fluvial, aeolian, and (cryo)volcanic subdisciplines

Devon M. Burr, Serina Diniega, Lynnae C. Quick, Kathryn Gardner-Vandy, Frances Rivera-Hernandez

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Despite undeserved challenges to participation in the field of planetary geomorphology, women have made significant contributions in the fluvial, aeolian, and (cryo)volcanic subdisciplines. In this work, some women—in particular, women of color—are highlighted to show a part of these foundational contributions. We focused on women scientists who were working in the latter half of the 20th century, a revolutionary time for terrestrial geomorphology and the inception of the discipline of planetary geomorphology. We also focused on women working in our scientific subdisciplines so that we could provide proper context for their work. These contributions have occurred both as discoveries in terrestrial geomorphology leading to follow-on discoveries in planetary geomorphology and through serving as educators and role models. With women increasingly achieving positions of influence both in the geo- and planetary sciences as in American society, this research allows us to celebrate these contributions of women and particularly women of color while looking forward to a more complete record of their past contributions and greater future achievements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3395-3409
Number of pages15
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number14
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • (cryo)volcanism
  • aeolian
  • fluvial
  • planetary
  • women in geomorphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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