The Academy’s highest honor is the Fellows Medal, awarded since 1964 to particularly prominent scientists who have been recognized for outstanding contributions to their field(s).
- ACKERLY, David (University of California Berkeley
- Expertise: Plant Ecology, Climate Change, Conservation, California Biodiversity
- ANDERSON, Steven C. (University of the Pacific)
- Expertise: Herpetology
Emeritus Professor of Biology, Research Associate; specializing in SW Asia reptiles and amphibians; >100 publications; PhD Stanford; retired SCUBA instructor.
- ARNOLD, Jeanne E. (UCLA)
- Expertise: Archaeology of California; Chumash Peoples of Channel Islands; Labor Organization and Evolution of Leadership; Craft Specialization; Theory of Political/Economic Evolution
- BALDWIN, Bruce (UC Berkeley)
- Expertise: Plant Evolutionary Biology, California Floristics, Biogeography, Island Biology
Research focused on evolution, diversity, and conservation of the Californian and Hawaiian floras, with special focus on rapidly diversifying lineages, especially in the sunflower family (Compositae). Lead editor of The Jepson Flora Project, which seeks to maintain an up-to-date flora of Californian vascular plants online (namely, the Jepson eFlora). Hawaiian and other Pacific botanical studies strongly interface with conservation-related efforts at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, where I am a research associate.
- BARBER, Richard (Duke University)
- Expertise: Oceanic primary productivity, Mercury in marine fish
Barber has worked as a sea-going biological oceanographer since 1970, and spent three years in California as the founding director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. He has spent a lot of time at sea, mostly in the equatorial Pacific working on El Nino effects and the role of iron in ocean productivity.
- BARRETT, Reginald H. (UC Berkeley)
- Expertise: Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Management
Barrett is an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Management.
- BARRON, John (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Expertise: Marine diatoms, Paleoclimate, Paleoceanography
PhD, 1974, UCLA. Research Geologist since 1974, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park. Developed Miocene diatom biostratigraphy of California and the North Pacific. Co-Chief Scientist, Ocean Drilling Program, Leg 119 along Antarctic margin. Published >170 papers on marine diatoms, their taxonomy, biostratigraphy, geologic time scales, paleoclimatology, and paleoceanography. Received the Charles Schuchert Award from the Paleontological Society (1986) and the Brady Medal of the British Micropalaeontological Society (2011). Current research details Holocene climate history of the North Pacific region with aim of identifying the ocean/atmosphere drivers of western North America hydrologic change.
- BASRI, Gibor (UC Berkeley)
- Expertise: Stars (formation, activity, evolution); Brown Dwarfs, Red Dwarfs, Exoplanets
Basri received his BSc in Physics from Stanford University and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He joined the faculty of the Berkeley Astronomy Department in 1982, where he has used the Lick and Keck Observatories and several space telescopes. He studies star formation and stellar magnetic activity, and was a pioneer in studying brown dwarfs. In 2001 he joined NASA's Kepler exoplanet mission. From 2007-15 Dr. Basri was the founding Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley.
- BAUER, Aaron (Villanova University)
- Expertise: Herpetology, Systematics, Biogeography, Morphology
Aaron Bauer received a BS (Zoology) and BA (History) from Michigan State University in 1982 and a PhD (Zoology) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He is Professor and Gerald M. Lemole Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology at Villanova University. He has authored over 630 publications on the systematics, morphology, paleontology, and biogeography of reptiles and has described approximately 150 species of lizards. He maintains an active field research program in Africa, tropical Asia and the South Pacific and is also interested in the history and bibliography of herpetology and museology.
- BERNARDI, Giacomo (UC Santa Cruz)
- Expertise: Ichthyology, Evolutionary Biology, Genomics
Giacomo Bernardi earned his Masters and PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Paris, France. He then was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pasteur Institute in Tunis, and a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station. He is currently a Professor of Biology at UCSC.
Dr. Black is Professor of Wildlife Management (since 1998) after spending 15 years as a researcher at the Wildfowl Trust in Great Britain, collaborating with Bristol, Cambridge, Kent, Oxford, and Tromsø Universities. Straight out of Hiram College (Ohio) with an undergraduate degree in Biology/Zoology he followed his passion for Arctic nesting geese – migrating to the far reaches of our planet. Black has published over 125 scientific works, including 3 books and 2 edited volumes. His book, Partnerships in Birds is highly quoted, shaping dozens, if not hundreds, of graduate student projects in universities around the world.
- BLACKBURN, David (University of Florida)
- Expertise: Evolution, Herpetology, Africa
Blackburn's lab studies the diversity and evolution of amphibians and reptiles, with specific interests in morphological diversity, utilizing scientific collections, and the deep-time history of Africa.
- BOGGS, Carol (University of South Carolina)
- Expertise: Conservation Biology, Invasive Species, Population Biology, Ecology
Boggs obtained her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. She is Director and Professor, School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment, University of South Carolina, and Director Emerita, Program in Human Biology, Stanford University. Dr. Boggs’ uses butterflies to examine how environmental variation leads to biological responses from the individual to the community level. She teaches conservation biology and a senior environmental seminar. Her service includes environmental and educational organizations’ advisory boards, professional societies’ committees, and major journals’ editorial boards. Boggs is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- BOLLENS, Stephen (Washington State University)
- Expertise: Aquatic Ecology; Biological Oceanography; Invasive Species; Climate Change
Dr. Bollens is Professor, School of the Environment and School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University (WSU), and has held various administrative positions at WSU as well. He holds a BA degree in Biology from Oberlin College and MS and PhD degrees in Oceanography from the University of Washington. He has held various research and faculty positions at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, San Francisco State University, University of Washington, Max Planck Institute for Limnology in Germany, and University of Otago in New Zealand. His research is broadly concerned with biological oceanography and aquatic ecology.
- BRIGGS, Winslow R. (Carnegie Institution for Science)
- Expertise: Effects of light on plant development; post-fire ecology
Ph. D. Harvard, 1956; Instructor through full professor, Stanford University, 1955-1967; Professor, Harvard University 1967-1973; Director, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science 1973-1993, now emeritus; 283 publications, Member National Academy of Sciences; recipient, International Prize for Biology; Honorary doctorates, University of Freiburg, Germany; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; long-time volunteer, California Sate Parks, specialty natural history interpretation.
- BRUSCA, Richard (University of Arizona & Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum)
- Expertise: Southwestern Natural History, Sea of Cortez, Invertebrates, Sky Islands
Brusca is an invertebrate zoologist, marine biologist, conservation ecologist, and Southwestern naturalist. He is Executive Director, Emeritus, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (and currently a Research Associate). He is also a Research Scientist at the University of Arizona and the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD), Mexico. Rick is the author of over 160 research publications and 13 books, including the largest-selling text on invertebrate zoology and numerous popular field guides. He has served on panels and boards for many foundations and agencies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for several Tucson-area and Mexican non-profits. His area of greatest interest is the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran Desert. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Linnean Society of London.