Peter Reich elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Forest Resources Regents Professor Peter B. Reich has been elected as a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. He is joined in this honor by School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Mikhail Shifman.

Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer. Reich is one of only 84 researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. He and Shifman will be inducted into the Academy next spring during the National Academy of Sciences 156th Annual Meeting.

Reich is the F.B. Hubachek Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest Resources. He has an exemplary reputation internationally for his work in plant physiology, ecosystem ecology and global biology. His current research focuses on the impacts of global environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems, primarily forests and grasslands, and how that alters the global carbon cycle. Reich has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than 40 awards totaling more than $35 million and has published approximately 600 scientific papers, many of which have appeared in Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He was named as a BBVA Prize Laureate in 2010, receiving their Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology and in 2011 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Among the Academy’s renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, and Alexander Graham Bell. About 200 Academy members have won Nobel Prizes.