University College Dublin academic Professor John J Walsh has been awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) for his outstanding contribution to geology.
Widely recognised as one of the leading international experts on geological faults and their impact on fluid flow, Prof Walsh received the 2017 RIA Gold Medal for the Environmental Sciences and Geosciences.
He is the professor of structural geology at the UCD School of Earth Sciences and director of the UCD-based iCRAG, the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences.
Each year, two Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals are awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognised outstanding scholarly contribution in their fields. This year, an RIA Gold medal was also awarded to Professor Malcolm MacLachlan, professor of psychology and social inclusion at Maynooth University.