Peter Kareiva, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research, the academy announced today.
Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Kareiva was one of just 71 elected to the NAS this year, joining an elite group of just over 2,000 active members. He will be inducted into the academy next April during its 149th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Kareiva joined The Nature Conservancy in 2002 after more than 20 years in academics and work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. In addition to his duties as the Conservancy’s chief scientist, his current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change and marine conservation. He received a master’s of science degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.
(Read Kareiva’s latest piece for Nature Conservancy magazine: Beyond Man vs. Nature.)
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furthering science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Established in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences has served to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art” whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government. Among the NAS’s historically renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. Over 180 living Academy members have won Nobel Prizes.
(Image: Peter Kareiva (at right) addressing Nature Conservancy trustees. Image credit: Erika Nortemann/TNC.)