2017 Osher Fellows Gathering at the California Academy of Sciences

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2017 Annual Fellows Gathering
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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 15 new members to this illustrious group of more than 450 scientists and to present one member with the annual Fellows’ Medal, the group’s highest honor.

Event Details

5:30 pm
Annual Meeting and Lecture:

Your Science in a Dynamic World

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
University Distinguished Professor
Oregon State University

Cocktails and exclusive access to the new Pterosaurs 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.


2017 Fellows & Medalists

Fellows Medal Recipient

  • Geerat J. Vermeij, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Davis, MacArthur Fellow, Daniel Giraud Eliot Medalist of the National Academy of Sciences


  • Ring Cardé, Distinguished Professor & Alfred M. Boyce Chair in Entomology, University of California, Riverside
  • Nona Chiariello, Staff Scientist, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
  • Lynn Cominsky, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State University
  • Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Co-director, undergraduate program in Sustainable Development, Earth Institute
  • Inez Fung, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, and Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Senior Faculty Staff Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Carlos Garza, Supervisory Research Geneticist and Leader, Molecular Ecology and Genetic Analysis Team, Fisheries Ecology Division, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center; Adjunct Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Benjamin Halpern, Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis; Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
  • Robert Leidy, Ecologist, Wetland Science and Field Program Manager, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies, Oregon State University
  • Daniel McCleese, Chief Scientist, Office of the Director, Director of Innovation Foundry, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
  • Elisabeth Micheli, President, Dwight Center for Conservation Science at Pepperwood
  • Steve Morgan, Professor, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Coastal Marine Science Institute, University of California, Davis
  • Karina Nielsen, Director, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University
  • Carolyn Porco, Sr. Research Scientist & Director Flight Operations, Space Science Institute; Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
  • Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability​, Colorado State University

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