In May 2011, the National Academy of Sciences elected Santa Clara University’s Dr. Peter Kareiva as a new member in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievement in original research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Dr. Kareiva was one of just 71 elected to the NAS in 2011, joining an elite group of just over 2,000 active members. Dr. Kareiva will be inducted into the academy this April during its 149th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Kareiva has authored over 100 scientific articles in diverse fields such as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology and global climate change. In addition to being a vice president and the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Kareiva teaches the Environmental Studies capstone course for Santa Clara’s Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.