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2021 Virtual Annual Fellows Gathering
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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.


Event details

3 pm
Annual Business Meeting

4 pm

4:30 pm
Discussion: Regenerating California

5:30 pm
Closing Remarks and Social


2021 Fellows and medalists

Fellows Medal Recipient

  • Tyrone B. Hayes, Professor and Co-Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley.

Distinguished Service Award

  • Margaret Burke, Emeritus Associate Dean of Science, Operations, IBSS, California Academy of Sciences
  • Debra Trock, Emeritus Director of Collections and Collection Manager of Botany


  • Robert L. Bettinger, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
  • Pim Bongaerts, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology & Geology, California Academy of Sciences
  • Mike Boots, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
  • David Burgess, Professor of Biology, Boston College
  • Stephanie Carlson, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California Berkeley
  • Damian Elias, Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley
  • Lara Kueppers, Associate Professor, Energy and Resources Group, University of California Berkeley; Faculty Scientist, Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Marigold Linton, Former Director, American Indian Outreach, University of Kansas, Retired
  • Scott Sampson, Executive Director and William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair, California Academy of Sciences
  • Karen Sears, Professor, Evolutionary Developmental Biology, University of California Los Angeles
  • Aradhna Tripati, Professor of Geoscience, University of California Los Angeles
  • Aaron Velasco, Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental, and Resources Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso; State Seismologist, Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Shang-Ping Xie, Distinguished Professor of Climate Science, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of San Diego
  • Maria Elena Zavala, ​​Professor of Biology, California State University Northridge
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California Academy of Sciences
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