MacArthur Fellows Program

Maria Luisa Crawford

Geologist and Petrologist | Class of 1993

Geologist and Petrologist
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
54 at time of award
Area of Focus
Earth Sciences
Published July 1, 1993

About Maria's Work

Maria Luisa Crawford is a geologist and a petrologist.

Her work has had an impact on the fields of metamorphic petrology and geologic terranes, both of which concern the reconstruction of past geologic processes and how they have affected the Earth’s crust.  Such individual studies and the scientific approaches developed from them are important for a better understanding of the Earth’s resources.Crawford is the co-leader of ACCRETE, a large collaborative project involving geophysical, petrological, and structural investigations in southeastern Alaska and coastal British Columbia.


Crawford is a professor of environmental science and of geology at Bryn Mawr College.  Crawford joined the faculty at Bryn Mawr in 1965 as an assistant professor.  She was promoted to the position of associate professor in 1973 and to professor in 1979.  Her numerous publications have appeared in such journals as Tectonophysics, Geology, and the Journal of Structural Geology.  She has served as the associate editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin since 1993.

Crawford received a B.A. (1960) from Bryn Mawr College, studied at the University of Oslo, Norway (1960-61), and received a Ph.D. (1965) from the University of California, Berkeley.

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