Dr. Richard A. Marston is a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University. He joined the K-State faculty in July 2005 as professor and head of the geography department. He earned the title of university distinguished professor, K-State's highest academic ranking, in spring 2006. Marston teaches and conducts research in environmental geography, geomorphology, mountain geography and water resources. He served from 2005-2006 as President of the Association of American Geographers. Since 1999 he has been co-editor-in-chief of Geomorphology: An International Journal of Pure and Applied Geomorphology.
Marston was appointed a Jefferson Science Fellow for 2011-2012 by the National Academy of Sciences, to serve the U.S. Department of State. He is a fellow in four professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Geological Society of America (GSA), the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society. He is also a life member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and American Geophysical Union (AGU). His professional recognitions also include the 2007 Distinguished Geosciences Alumni Award from Oregon State University, 2004 Sterling L. "Bud" Burks Award for Outstanding Environmental Research from the Oklahoma State University Environmental Institute and the 2003 AAG Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors. He has numerous journal and book publications. In addition, he has received more than $2 million in grants and contracts for his research, including funding from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and others.
Marston earned a doctorate from Oregon State University in 1980 and taught geography and geomorphology at the University of Texas El Paso, the University of Wyoming and Oklahoma State University prior to joining K-State. He also spent one year at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he served as director of the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research. He is a Certified Professional Hydrologist.