Dave Johnston Mapping Prize

The Dave Johnston Mapping Prize is awarded to the best undergraduate student mapping dissertation. The prize is named in memory of Dave Johnston.

About the prize:
*   There are prizes for the two best projects (first and second place).
*   The winners are announced at the TSG annual meeting held in January each year.
*   As well as the prestige of the competitive award, both winners will receive an award certificate, and the overall winner receives an award of £200.
*   For future awards, we also hope to offer the top two entrants an internship opportunity.

How to nominate someone:
*   The mapping project had to be part of an undergraduate mapping course, and must have been completed within the past two years.
*   Individuals must be nominated by either their supervisors, course leader, or institution.
*   Nominations are open all year round, and judging takes place in December prior to the TSG annual meeting.
*   To nominate an individual, please complete the TSG-Dave Johnston Mapping Prize_Nomination Form (right-click and choose “Save As”) and send this in an email to the TSG Secretary.
*   The undergraduate mapping reports (including field notebooks and field slips) are required for judging. You can either bring these along to the TSG annual meeting icebreaker event, or post these to the TSG Secretary in advance of the meeting. You must indicate how you will provide these materials in the nomination form.

Previous prize-winners are listed on the previous prize winners page.

About Dave Johnston

Dave Johnston was an enthusiastic and inspiring Irish structural geologist. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1980, Dave completed his PhD at Monash University, Melbourne, on the structural controls of Uranium deposits in the Rum Jungle region in the Northern territories, Australia. Following his PhD, Dave then returned to Trinity College Dublin as a lecturer, where he also served as a council member for Irish Association for Economic Geology, President of the Irish Geological Association, and an active member of TSG community. Much of Dave’s work focused on structural geology and mineralisation, and he was one of the early leaders in applying fractal and chaos theory to geological phenomena. Dave’s career was cut tragically short in 1995, when he disappeared during fieldwork. He had been working at Annagh Head in County Mayo, Ireland, where it is believed he was washed away by a freak wave. Dave is remembered as a lively and colourful character, passionate and thoughtful teacher, and an influential and inspiring geologist.
Abridged from McCaffrey, K “Dave Johnston: an appreciation and bibliography” Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 155:vii-viii, doi:10.1144/GSL.SP.1999.155.01.01