Sharon Strauss and Peter Wainwright elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Sharon Strauss and Peter Wainwright, both from Evolutionary and Ecology, have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sharon Strauss, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, was honored for her distinguished contributions to population biology, particularly for contributions in evolutionary history and its interactions with ecology, species evolution as a consequence of community membership, and application of research to solve environmental problems.  

Peter Wainwright, Executive Associate Dean for Research & Resources and Professor of Evolution and Ecology, was honored for his distinguished contributions to population biology, particularly for the research of vertebrate biomechanics and functional morphology, with emphasis on feeding mechanisms of vertebrates.

With their elections, Strauss and Wainwright will bring the total of College of Biological Sciences professors who are fellows to nine.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.