UNM Distinguished Professor of Biology Eric L. Charnov
Honored as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Eric L. CharnovUNM Distinguished Professor of Biology Eric Charnov has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Professor Charnov's research combines ideas from ecology, economics and evolution to understand the life history, reproductive and foraging decisions of plants and animals, including humans. For the past 30 years, his ideas have produced many of the most-cited publications in evolutionary ecology; his work is widely discussed in text books and the primary literature.

Dr. Charnov is among 210 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members elected in 2009 as leaders in the sciences, humanities and arts, business, public affairs, and non-profit sector. The Academy is one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies, and includes a center for independent policy research.

This year's scholars, scientists, jurists, writers, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders come from 28 states and 11 countries, and range in age from 33 to 83. They represent universities, museums, national laboratories, private research institutes, businesses, and foundations. The group also includes Nobel laureates and recipients of the Pulitzer and Pritzker prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, Academy, Grammy, and Tony awards, and the National Medal of Arts. Dr. Charnov received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1997.

"These remarkable men and women have made singular contributions to their fields, and to the world," said Academy President Emilio Bizzi. "By electing them as members, the Academy honors them and their work, and they, in turn, honor us."


April 21, 2009