Illustration of a Darwin's Hawkmoth

Illustration of Darwin’s Hawkmoth, Xanthopan morgani, and orchid host plant, Angraecum sesquipedale © Rachel Diaz-Bastin Illustration


2020 Virtual Annual Fellows Gathering
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

An evening featuring the Annual Fellows Business Meeting and special recognitions

Nominated by their peers and elected by the California Academy of Sciences’ Board of Trustees, Academy Fellows are a group of over 450 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to science. This year, the Academy is pleased to welcome 14 new members to this illustrious group, and will present the Fellows' Distinguished Award and the annual Fellows’ Medal—the group’s highest honor—to an exceptional member.

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Event Details

5:00 pm
Annual Business Meeting & Awards

6:00 pm
The Academy's Emerging New Strategic Plan- Facilitated Discussion
Pre-reads will be provided


2020 Fellows & Medalists

Fellows Medal Recipient

  • Elizabeth Blackburn, Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

Distinguished Service Award

  • James R. Shevock, Research Associate, Department of Botany, California Academy of Sciences


  • Rebecca Albright, Patterson Scholar and Assistant Curator or Invertebrate Zoology, California Academy of Sciences
  • Paul Barber, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Steven Beissinger, Professor of Ecology and Conservation Biology, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley
  • Troy Daniels, Professor Emeritus, Orofacial Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco
  • Robert Dudley, Chair and Professor, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Corey Garza, Professor of Marine Science, School of Natural Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Adam Gazzaley, Founder and Executive Director, Neuroscape, David Dolby Distinguished Professor, Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • Mandë Holford, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Hunter College
  • Jeff Koseff, William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor, School of Engineering and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment,  Stanford University
  • Mary McGann, Research Scientist, Micropaleontology, US Geological Survey
  • Isabel Montañez, Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis
  • Ana Christina Ravelo, Professor, Physical and Biological Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Dawn Sumner, Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis
  • Noah Whiteman, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Contact the Fellows Office

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Fellows Office
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 379-5214