Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology

Lectureships to now recognize outstanding mid-career scientists

The Society’s lectureships are now intended to recognize outstanding mid-career scientists. Mid-career is nominally taken to include scientists who are within 10 to 20 years beyond earning their highest graduate degree or within 15 to 25 years beyond earning their baccalaureate. Consideration will also be given, however, to those who are still in the middle stage of their careers but have seen these interrupted for up to 5–10 years by military service, or family and career circumstances.

Nomination Process

Thank you for your interest in submitting a nomination! AMS membership is not required to submit an award nomination. Nominations are due by 1 May. The nominator is responsible for uploading the entire nomination package.

The nominees for awards remain on the committee's active list for three years. You will be allowed to update an unsuccessful nomination at the beginning of the next award cycle.


  • Citation (25 word maximum)
  • Bibliography (3 page maximum)
  • Nomination letter (3 page maximum)
  • Nominee Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • Three (3) letters of support (2 page maximum each)

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The Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology is selected in recognition of a scientist for outstanding research on topics of interest to both hydrologists and meteorologists. The purpose of the lectureship is to encourage and foster an interchange of ideas between meteorologists and hydrologists. The lecture, which may be either a general overview or a summary of recent work conducted in an area of particularly current interest, is presented at an AMS Annual Meeting or at an appropriate specialty conference. The lecture may be recorded for broader dissemination and, if desired by the Lecturer, a written version of the lecture will be posted as part of BAMS Online.

Nominations are considered by the STAC Committee on Hydrology, which makes recommendations for final approval by AMS Council.

About Robert Elmer Horton

Robert Elmer Horton (1875-1945) was a civil engineer and soil scientist with the United States Geological Survey, and the first to articulate the stages of the water cycle (infiltration, evaporation, interception, transpiration, etc). As a pioneer in hydrology, Horton made important discoveries in flood generation, soil erosion, and the role of physical terrain in runoff patterns. Horton overland flows are named for his discoveries.