Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Scientist and Director Emeritus at the Ecosystems Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to the Academy recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, and is widely considered a mark of excellence in science. It is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can attain.
Melillo, who is also a professor at Brown University through the Brown-MBL Partnership, was one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates of the NAS to be announced this week. Thirteen other MBL-affiliated scientists, listed below, were also elected to the Academy this week, including Timothy Mitchison of Harvard Medical School, a visiting investigator and chair of the MBL’s Science Council. In addition, four University of Chicago faculty members were elected to the Academy this week.
“I am thrilled that Jerry’s groundbreaking work, along with his significant national service, has been recognized by his election to the National Academy,” said MBL President and Director Joan Ruderman. “For more than four decades, Jerry and his team have been leading the way in understanding earth systems, and bringing the best scientific information available to national and international policy makers as they seek ways to enable our society to adapt to a changing climate.”