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Award ceremony to take place on October 12, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (October 5, 2010) – The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that 12 new members have joined the ranks of the Academy Fellows, a governing group of around 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. The new Fellows will be inducted during the Fellowship’s next meeting on October 12, 2010. They will join the ranks of such well-known Academy Fellows as Sylvia Earle, Paul Ehrlich, John Holdren, Peter Raven, and Jill Tarter.

During the meeting, the Fellowship will also present one of its members with the Academy’s highest honor: the Fellows’ Medal. This award is given to especially prominent scientists who have made outstanding contributions to their specific scientific fields. Medalists are nominated each year by the Academy Fellows and confirmed by the Board of Trustees. This year’s honoree is Dr. Marvalee H. Wake from the University of California, Berkeley. Brief biographies for the new Fellows and Dr. Wake are included below.

New Academy Fellows

James R. Carey
Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis

Dr. Carey is Professor and the former Vice-Chair in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Davis specializing in invasion biology and insect biodemography. His research interests in aging and longevity include the use of tephritid fruit flies (medfly) and other insect species (butterflies; Drosophila) to address questions concerning life span limits, effects of dietary and caloric restriction on longevity, male-female mortality differentials and the gender gap, aging in the wild, behavioral gerontology, dynamics of morbidity and mortality, and the biology and demography of disability. He is the author of Applied Demography for Biologists and Longevity, and the author or coauthor of over 165 scientific publications, 10 of which have appeared in the journal Science.

Gretchen C. Daily
Department of Biology, Stanford University

Dr. Daily is the Bing Professor in Environmental Science; Director of the Center for Conservation Biology; Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University; and Co-Director of the Natural Capital Project. Her primary scientific efforts concern the future course of extinction, the resulting changes in the delivery of ecosystem services, and novel opportunities for biodiversity conservation. She is developing Countryside Biogeography—a framework for forecasting changes in biodiversity, supported by field research, remote sensing, and theoretical modeling. Dr. Daily is also investigating Ecosystem Services—assessing their dependence on biodiversity, their susceptibility to human impacts, and priorities for their conservation. Finally, she is developing an interdisciplinary framework in Conservation Finance for assessing the scope and efficacy of diverse institutional mechanisms that aim to align economic incentives with conservation. Dr. Daily has published over 125 scientific and popular articles and serves or served on the board of editors for Ecological Applications, Ecological Economics, Ecosystems, and the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity.

Gregory S. Gilbert
Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Gilbert is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. Dr. Gilbert’s primary areas of research include applied evolutionary ecology, plant disease ecology, tropical forest ecology, phylogenetic community ecology, and cross-cultural science education. His long-term goal is to understand what shapes the structure and composition of fungal and plant communities in natural ecosystems, and to apply that understanding to conservation practice. He serves as co-director of CenTREAD (the Center for Tropical Research in Ecology, Agriculture, and Development) and also developed the UC Santa Cruz Forest Ecology Research Plot, a 6-ha mapped forest site in the Campus Natural Reserve.

Gary B. Griggs
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

A distinguished professor of Earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences since 1991, Dr. Griggs is an expert on coastal processes and geologic hazards. His research is focused on the coastal zone and ranges from coastal evolution and development, through shoreline processes, coastal engineering and coastal hazards. Recent research projects have focused on documenting and understanding shoreline erosion processes including temporal and spatial variations in rates of retreat; evaluating the effectiveness of coastal protection structures and the impacts of coastal engineering projects (seawalls, jetties, breakwaters) on coastal processes and beaches; evaluating littoral processes—the mechanisms which move sediment along high energy rocky coastlines; and quantifying littoral cell budgets. He has published several books, among them the classic Living with the Changing California Coast.

Eileen A. Lacey
Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Lacey is a specialist in mammalian social behavior, with an emphasis on rodents. Dr. Lacey came to the University of California, Berkeley in 1996 and holds joint appointments in Integrative Biology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Her research explores the evolution of behavioral diversity among vertebrates, with emphasis on studies of mammals. By combining field studies of behavior, ecology, and demography with molecular genetic analyses of kinship and population structure, she seeks to identify the causes and consequences of variation in mammalian social behavior.

Matthew R. Lewin
School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

As an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Lewin is interested in "wilderness medicine"—accident and illness during travel to remote and extreme environments where resources are few and assistance is often far away. Dr. Lewin has participated in many scientific fieldwork expeditions and has just completed a study of illness and injury occurring during six scientific expeditions to the Gobi Desert regions in the Republic of Mongolia and Inner Mongolia. Dr. Lewin teaches emergency and field medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.

Bruce E. Lyon
Department of Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Lyon’s research seeks to understand the ecological and evolutionary basis of reproductive strategies and social behavior in animals, particularly reproductive parasitism, parental care and mating systems. One focus is to understand patterns of cooperation and reproductive parasitism in birds and insects. Dr. Lyon is interested in understanding these links and identifying the ecological and social factors that promote parasitic versus cooperative reproductive behaviors. Communication through social signals is an important aspect of social evolution, and a second research interest is to understand the evolutionary dynamics of these signals and, in particular, determine the degree to which social signals are cooperative versus deceptive.

Grant Pogson
Department of Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Pogson is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research is focused on using patterns of DNA sequence variation to study adaptation and speciation in the marine environment. He uses coalescent approaches involving a combination of neutral and selected genes to investigate how natural selection, population structure, and historical demography can affect polymorphism within species and the divergence between species. One of Dr. Pogson’s principal aims is to understand how reproductive barriers evolve in highly dispersive species inhabiting broad geographic ranges. His research involves both marine fishes (primarily the Atlantic cod) and invertebrates (mussels and urchins) distributed throughout the world’s north temperate oceans.

Terry L. Root
Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Dr. Root primarily works on large-scale ecological questions with a focus on impacts of global warming. Her research interests include ecological analyses of the distribution and abundance patterns of species on a continent-wide scale; examining the physiological constraints on the distribution of wintering birds; influence of global warming on the biogeography of species; large-scale geographic examinations of the structure and composition of communities; applying quantitative problems; analyzing the ecological causes of rarity and commonness, and applying such information to rare and endangered species; and women in science. She actively works at making scientific information accessible to decision makers and the public. She is a former Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow (1999) and Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment (1992), and she received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (1990).

Stephen H. Schneider
Department of Biology, Stanford University

Note: Dr. Schneider passed away in July 2010 and will be recognized posthumously at the Fellows’ meeting.
Dr. Schneider was the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biology, Professor (by courtesy) of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Internationally recognized for research, policy analysis and outreach in climate change, Dr. Schneider focused on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions. He was a MacArthur Fellow in 1992 and consulted with federal agencies and White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations. Dr. Schneider counseled policy makers about the importance of using risk management strategies in climate-policy decision making, given the uncertainties in future projections of global climate change and related impacts. In addition to advising decision-makers, he consulted with corporate executives and other stakeholders in industry and the nonprofit sectors regarding possible climate-related events, and he helped to improve public understanding of science and the environment through extensive media communication and public outreach. After decades of work, Dr. Schneider, along with four generations of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) authors, received a collective Nobel Peace Prize for their joint efforts in 2007.

Neil Shubin
Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Dr. Shubin researches the evolutionary origin of anatomical features of animals. He has conducted field work in Greenland, China, Canada, much of North America and Africa, and he has published multiple articles in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleobiology, as well as more than 18 articles in Science and Nature. Dr. Shubin's most recent discovery, Tiktaalik roseae, has been dubbed the "missing link" between fish and land animals. He has also done important work on the developmental biology of limbs, using his diverse fossil findings to devise hypotheses on how anatomical transformations occurred by way of genetic and morphogenetic processes. His latest book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey through the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, was published in 2008.

Peter C. Wainwright
Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis

Dr. Wainwright is a comparative functional morphologist interested in the origins and consequences of functional diversity, and he is broadly interested in the evolution of organismal design. His work focuses on the feeding mechanisms of teleost fishes as a model system in the evolution of muscle-skeleton systems and the behaviors they are used to perform. His research seeks to identify general patterns, repeating themes, and principles of how the complex muscle-skeleton system of fishes is modified during evolution to produce the diversity we see in function and ecology.

Recipient of the 2010 Fellows’ Medal

Marvalee H. Wake
Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Wake is Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include evolutionary morphology, development, and reproductive biology in vertebrates. She is former president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the International Union for Biological Sciences (IUBS) and has served on the Smithsonian Science Commission, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Sustainable Development, and several National Science Foundation advisory committees and task forces. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a Guggenheim Fellow (1988-89) and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2002). She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for 35 years, and was Assistant and Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science, Chair of the Departments of Zoology and Integrative Biology, and was Chancellors Professor of Integrative Biology.

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