The National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday announced the election of 120 new members and 23 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Established by an Act of Congress signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Duke’s three new members join 31 other members of the National Academy of Sciences on the Duke faculty.
Emily S. Bernhardt, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor, and chair of biology. Bernhardt uses biogeochemistry and other tools to track the movement of elements through ecological systems, especially flowing streams.
Read about Bernhardt’s work monitoring the health of the nation’s streams.
Drew Todd Shindell, the Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science in the Nicholas School of the Environment. A scholar of air quality, policy and climate change, Shindell recently chaired the U.N. Environment Programme’s Global Methane Assessment.
Read about Shindell’s research on mitigating the impact of methane gas in accelerating climate change.
Anne Daphne Yoder, Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Biology and former director of the Duke Lemur Center. Yoder has brought molecular genetic techniques to the study of speciation in Madagascar’s lemurs.
Read about Yoder’s work on protecting biodiversity.
The latest three Duke faculty to be elected bring the total number of active members to 2,565 and the total number of international members to 526.