Three UBC ecologists who study the natural world at very different scales — from marine ecosystems, to plant and soil systems, to microbial communities — have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and the publisher of the journal Science.
UBC’s Steven Hallam, John Klironomos and Daniel Pauly are among 388 members recognized by the AAAS today because of their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts” to advance science or its applications. Six Canadians are among the new fellows.
John Klironomos, Associate Dean, research and strategic planning, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Okanagan campus
Is recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of plant and soil ecology, particularly for empirical studies on plant-microbe interactions and the structuring of plant communities.
Steven Hallam, Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, Vancouver campus
Is cited for distinguished contributions to the fields of environmental genomics and microbial ecology, particularly for metabolic pathway reconstruction of uncultivated microorganisms mediating fundamental biogeochemical processes.
Daniel Pauly, Fisheries Centre, Faculty of Science, Vancouver campus
Is cited for distinguished contributions to marine ecology and fisheries management, particularly in the tropics, and for developing concepts, software, and databases used throughout the world.
With this year’s additions, 13 UBC researchers have been named fellows of the AAAS. New fellows will be recognized on 15 February, 2014 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
AAAS members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members, or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected.
For more details on the 2013 AAAS Fellows: www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/fellows/