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The California Academy of Sciences Welcomes New Academy Fellows

SAN FRANCISCO (September 9, 2004) - The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that nine new members have joined the ranks of the Academy Fellows, a group of over 300 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences. Nominated by their colleagues and selected by the Board of Trustees, the Academy Fellows remain members of the Fellowship for life. This year's Academy Fellows are listed below.

Reginald H. Barrett
University of California at Berkeley

Reginald Barrett, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California at Berkeley, is a wildlife biologist and teacher. He has made major contributions to the field of ecology and management of exotic wild vertebrates in California by conducting research on the life history, population dynamics and management of wild pigs in California, Australia, New Guinea and Hawaii. He is currently participating in a project funded by the U.S. Forest Service to study the response of terrestrial vertebrates to mechanical thinning versus prescribed burning as tools to reduce the danger of wild fires in the Sierra Nevada. He has been an active member and chair of the California Federal-State Interagency Wildlife Task Group, which developed the California Wildlife Habitat Relationships System.

Dr. Edward J. Carpenter
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
San Francisco State University

Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University and recently joined the research group at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. He is a renowned scholar and expert in biological oceanography. He is also as a pioneer in the study of marine nitrogen fixation, a field in which he continues to contribute to the understanding of our earth system and the role of the ocean in the nitrogen cycle.

Dr. Christopher Chyba
SETI Institute

Dr. Chyba holds the endowed Carl Sagan Chair for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute. He also leads the Institute's research team as a Lead Team in NASA's Astrobiology Institute. His research centers on the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. He teaches a graduate seminar at Stanford on related topics. He is Co-Director for the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies, and Associate Professor in Stanford's Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Chyba received the Presidential Early Career Award, chaired the Science Definition Team for NASA's Europa Orbiter mission, was a member of the executive committee of NASA's Space Science Advisory Committee, and served as chair of that committee's Solar System Exploration Subcommittee, which recommends priorities for solar system exploration.

Dr. David DesMarais
NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. DesMarais is Research Scientist at NASA-Ames Research Center and is the Principal Investigator and Team Leader for the NASA Astrobiology Institute program at Ames. He is currently one of the scientists working at the Jet Propulsion Lab on the NASA Spirit and Opportunity missions to Mars. He serves on several NASA advisory boards, including the Mars Exploration and Payload Analysis Group. Last year he was awarded NASA's Leadership Award in recognition of his many years of professional service. He was recently selected as a Geochemistry Fellow by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society.

Dr. Rollin C. Richmond
Humboldt State University

Dr. Rollins, President of Humboldt State University, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He previously served as the provost at Iowa State University, and has also held positions as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook. He was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida and served in academic and administrative positions at Indiana University. Early in his career, he pioneered intensive research efforts in genetics and evolution. His studies, funded largely by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, have led him to explore the genetic origins of reproductive isolation, the reproductive behavior of fruit flies, neurotoxins and cocaine in mice, and the resistance of fruit flies to malathion.

Dr. John Rick
Stanford University

Dr. Rick is an Associate Professor of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University, and is one of the country's foremost archaeologists specializing in the prehistory of South America. Last year he received Stanford's Richard W. Lyman Award, given to faculty in recognition of their volunteer service to the university and its alumni association. He has made several contributions to South American archaeology, including his work on the earliest human habitation site in the Andes. His work is famous for its attention to detail in geochronology, excavation technique and digital documentation. He is currently focusing on a site at Chavin de Huantar in Peru, where he is using a variety of modern digital techniques.

Dr. Lynn J. Rothschild
NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. Rothschild is an astrobiology researcher at NASA Ames Research Center. She organized the first international astrobiology conference, known as AbSciCon. She has written some of the defining articles on astrobiology and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Astrobiology. As well as serving as President of the Society of Protozoologists and being responsible for one of the first college courses in astrobiology, she continues her research on extremophiles and evolutionary microbiology.

Dr. Bruce Runnegar
NASA Astrobiology Institute

Dr. Runnegar is Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, as well as a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles. He started his career as a systematic paleontologist specializing in Paleozoic mollusks. Although he continues to research early mollusks, he is best known for his work with Ediacaran fossils and the early origin and diversification of animals. He is a leading proponent of incorporating paleontology, systematics and natural sciences within the field of astrobiology. He was awarded Best Paper in the Journal of Paleontology, and the Mawson Medal from the Australian Academy of Sciences, of which he is a Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of American and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Emile Zuckerkandl
Institute of Molecular Medical Sciences

Dr. Zuckerkandl is a Consulting Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. He is one of the founders in the field of molecular evolution. He and Linus Pauling developed the concept of the "molecular clock," which led directly to the growing discipline of molecular systematics. For thirty years he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Molecular Evolution. He has served as Director of Research of the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, as President and Research Professor of the Linus Institute and as President of the Institute for Molecular Sciences.