Stephanie Greenman Stone (415) 379-5121
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
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
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
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.
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