After receiving doctorate degrees (Oceanography & Geological Science) from the U of British Columbia in 1978, Professor Syvitski held various appointments within Canadian universities (1978-95) while principally working as a Senior Research Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1981-95). Jai was Director of the University of Colorado’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (1995-07), and presently holds CU faculty appointments in Geological Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Atmosphere & Ocean Sciences, Hydrological Sciences, and Geophysics. Professor Syvitski is Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, an international effort in 68 countries to develop, support, and disseminate computer models to the broader Geoscience community. Between 2011-16, Jai also chaired ICSU’s International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme to provide essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system and help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change. Professor Syvitski is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (2010), received the Royal Society of Canada’s Huntsman Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Marine Science (2009), the SEPM Francis P Shepard Medal for outstanding contributions to Marine Geology (2016), and an Honorary Doctor of Science in Sustainability and Earth-System Science from Newcastle University (2016). Professor Syvitski has authored 170 peer-reviewed Journal papers, 61 peer-reviewed books and book chapters, and hundreds of other technical publications.