Awards and Honors
Greenwood and Soulé elected to American
Academy of Arts and Sciences
By Tim Stephens and
Two scholars affiliated with UCSC have been elected to the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the most
prestigious honors bestowed upon the world's leading scientists,
academics, artists, businesspeople, and public leaders.
Former chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood and Michael Soulé,
professor emeritus of environmental studies, were among the
213 new Fellows and Honorary Members announced last week.
Photo by Don Harris
Greenwood, now UC provost and senior vice president of academic
affairs, served as chancellor of the UCSC campus from 1996 to
2004. She also holds a UCSC appointment as professor of biology.
In her current post, she is UC's highest-ranking woman.
Soulé, who joined the UCSC faculty in 1989, has been
called "the father of conservation biology." He is
a cofounder of the Wildlands Project and the Society for Conservation
Biology. Now living in Colorado, Soulé has written and
edited many books on biology and conservation biology, including
Conservation Biology: An Evolutionary-Ecological Perspective
with B. A. Wilcox; Conservation and Evolution with O.
H. Frankel; Conservation Biology: The Science of Scarcity
and Diversity; Viable Populations for Conservation; Research
Priorities for Conservation Biology with K. A. Kohm; Reinventing
Nature? Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction with Gary
Lease, a UCSC professor of history of consciousness; and Continental
Conservation: Scientific Foundations of Regional Reserve Networks
with John Terborgh.
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Soulé has conducted pioneering research in various fields,
including population and evolutionary biology, population genetics,
island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy,
and ethics. His most recent work focuses on the genetic basis
of fitness and viability in natural populations, on the impacts
of "keystone" species, and on the social causes of
the destruction of nature worldwide. He was previously elected
a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well
as the Archie Carr Medal.
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome
these outstanding leaders in their fields in this, the Academy's
225th year," said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks.
"Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process
that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions
to their disciplines and to society at large."
Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are
nominated and elected to the Academy by current members. The
Academy will welcome this year's new Fellows and Foreign Honorary
Members at its annual induction ceremony on October 8 at the
Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences is an international learned society composed
of the world's leading scientists, scholars, artists, businesspeople,
and public leaders.
A complete list of newly elected members
and their affiliations is available on the Academy web site
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