Hugh Possingham Inducted Into National Academy of Science

TNC’s Chief Scientists Recognized for Research Achievements

Arlington, VA | May 02, 2017

The Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Dr. Hugh Possingham, has been inducted as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Possingham was recognized for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. He, and others elected this past year, were introduced to their colleagues in the Academy and signed the “Registry of Membership” at a ceremony on April 29, 2017.

“Membership in the National Academy of Sciences is a tremendous honor,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “We’re delighted to see Hugh recognized for his outstanding achievements, which are transforming the way we approach today’s complex environmental challenges.”

The National Academy of Sciences is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. NAS membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Scientists are elected by their peers in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The NAS membership totals approximately 2,290 members and 490 foreign associates, of whom approximately 200 have received Nobel prizes.

Possingham is just one of 21 scientists from 14 nations who joined the NAS this year. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Nature Conservancy Board members Gretchen Daily, Jane Lubchenco, Steve Polasky and Roy Vagelos, and Senior Science Advisor Peter Kareiva also are members of the NAS.

Possingham is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, and has won its Fenner Medal for Plant and Animal Science. He has also been awarded the Sherman Eureka Prize for Environmental Research for his team’s development of the Marxan software that drove Australia’s rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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