Yellow-lipped Sea Krait, by SSI intern Christina Burnham, supported by NSF-REU & Wallace Foundation

2018 Annual Fellows Gathering
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
An evening of featured lectures, awards, and special recognitions

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

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Event Details

5:00 pm
Doors open

5:30 pm
Annual Meeting and Lecture:

Sequencing the Dead
Dr. Beth Shapiro, Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of California, Santa Cruz

Cocktails and exclusive access to the new Giants of Land and Sea exhibit

8 pm
Dinner buffet, award ceremony, and presentation of new Fellows

9:30 pm
Event concludes

Complimentary parking validation in the Music Concourse Garage.



2018 Fellows & Medalists

Fellows Medal Recipient

  • Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies, Oregon State University

Distinguished Service Award Recipient

  • Al Leviton, Curator Emeritus, Editor, Scientific Publications, California Academy of Sciences


  • John C. Avise, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Irvine
  • Natalie Batalha, Kepler Project Scientist, NASA Research Center
  • Devaki Bhaya, Research Staff Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science/ National Science Foundation
  • Penelope Boston, Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), NASA Ames Research Center
  • Adriana Briscoe, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine
  • Carmen Domingo, Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University
  • Andrea Ghez, Distinguished Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Director of UCLA Galactic Center Group, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Wilfredo Licuanan, Full Professor of the Biology Department and University Fellow, De Salle University
  • Claire Max, Bachmann Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Adina Maya Merenlender, Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley
  • Samuel George Philander, Emeritus Knox-Taylor Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University
  • Beth Shapiro, Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of California, Santa Cruz
  • William (Jack) Welch, Professor Emeritus and Professor in the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dawn J Wright, Chief Scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), Professor of Geography and Oceanography, Oregon State University

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California Academy of Sciences
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