Illustration of wrasse Halichoeres nicholsi, Labridae, Chatham Is., Galapagos, Toshio Asaeda © California Academy of Sciences

Illustration of the wrasse Halichoeres nicholsi, Labridae, Chatham Is., Galapagos, Toshio Asaeda © California Academy of Sciences


2022 Virtual Annual Fellows Gathering
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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 11 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: The Role of Public-Facing Science Institutions in Addressing the Ecological Crisis

5 pm
Closing Remarks 


2022 Fellows and Medalists

Fellows Medal Recipients

  • Bruce Alberts, Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California San Francisco
  • Margaret Leinen, Eleventh Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences, University of California San Diego

Distinguished Service Award

  • John McCosker, Emeritus Curator of Aquatic Biology, California Academy of Sciences


  • Rayna Bell, Assistant Curator of Herpetology and Patterson Scholar, California Academy of Sciences
  • Sarah J. Kupferberg, Visiting Scholar Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
  • Joseph P. Montoya, Director Of Ocean Science & Engineering, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ryosuke Motani, Professor, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Geobiology & Paleobiology, University of California Davis
  • Michele Nishiguchi, Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Merced
  • Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Professor, Physical & Biological Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Torben Rick, Curator of North American Archaeology, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution
  • Christopher Schell, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy Management, University of California Berkeley
  • Scott Shaffer, Professor, Ecology and Evolution, Biological Sciences, San Jose State University
  • Jessica Ware, Assistant Curator in Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History
  • Oleksandr Zinenko, Associate Professor, Zoology, Evolutionary Biologist, V. Karazin Kharkiv National University Ukraine
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