E.R. Ward Neale Medal

E.R. Ward Neale Medal

The Neale Medal, named after the legendary E.R. Ward Neale, is awarded to an individual for sustained outstanding efforts in sharing Earth science with Canadians.

The medal shall recognize outstanding efforts to communicate and explain geoscience to the public through one or more of the following vehicles: public lectures, print and electronic-media articles, school visits, elementary and secondary-school educational materials, field trips, science fairs, and other public communication devices. It also shall recognize exemplary records of promoting public-awareness of geoscience activities through the sustained encouragement of, and participation in, the creating, planning, organizing and implementing of such activities.

2024 E.R. Ward Neale Medal

Nick Zentner (Central Washington University)

“For his innovative and sustained efforts in engaging audiences of all ages, at all levels of proficiency, from all over the globe; and sharing his enthusiasm for, and increasing the public awareness of, North American geoscience.”

Nick Zentner is a Senior Instructor and Scientific Outreach Coordinator at Central Washington University’s Geology Department. He earned a BSc degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and MSc in geology at Idaho State University. He has a long history of scientific outreach, spanning various public organizations, educational institutions, and media formats. He has generated an extensive channel of YouTube videos ranging from short, 2-minute videos to hour-long public lectures. His lectures dove into the accreted terranes of the North American Cordillera, from the Aleutians and Baja British Columbia to Mexico. Much of his Exotic Terranes A-Z series was dedicated to British Columbia and Yukon geology. His Baja BC series features several expert Canadian geologists, and many episodes focus on key Canadian research, integrating an extensive body of knowledge from Canada and the United States. On a weekly basis, his videos garner 8000-10,000 viewers, including many Canadian students and professionals. In connecting with his audience and delivering complex geological content in an accessible way, Nick is a true ambassador of geoscience.

Here are links to some of Nick’s videos:

Episode R – British Columbia Jӧkulhlaup? w/Jerome Lesemann – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I0xNvCAnW4

Nanaimo Revisited…with Danny Coutts, Will Matthews, & Mitch Mihalynuk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY-7a2ZUleY


The deadline for National Medal nomination forms is January 5th, 2024


Previous Award Winners

2023       Jeff Young

2022      Mika McKinnon

2021       Kylie Williams

2020       not awarded

2019       Beth McLarty-Halfkenny

2018       Mark Fenton

2017       Guy Narbonne

2016       Rob Fensome

2015       Nick Eyles

2014       Ben Gadd

2013       Murray Roed

2012       John Calder

2011       Randall F. Miller

2010       Jane Wynne

2009       Eileen Van der Flier-Keller

2008       Christy Vodden

2007       Dixon Edwards

2006       John Clague

2005       Fran Haidl

2004       Peter Russell

2003       David Baird

2002       Bob Turner

2001       Howard Donohoe

2000       D.A.B. Pearson

1999       P. Tremblay

1998       Allan V. Morgan

1997       A.F. King

1996       G.L. Williams

1995       E.R.W. Neale