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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
May 9, 2005
Volume 40, Number 10

Brown elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 72 new members at its 142nd annual meeting of the Academy including UNM Distinguished Professor of Biology James H. Brown. Election to the membership is considered one of the highest honors accorded a )scientist or engineer.

Brown joins the ranks of professors Jane Buikstra of anthropology and Jesse Summers of molecular genetics and microbiology, also members of the prestigious academy.

Brown’s research interests include community ecology and biogeography, with special projects on granivory in desert ecosystems; biogeography of insular habitats; and structure of dynamics of geographic-scale assemblages of many species.

Driven by curiosity about the diversity of life, Brown has conducted two major research programs over the course of his career, including theoretical research in biological scaling and macroecology and experimental research in desert ecology.

“I love the challenge of trying to convey my passionate interest in biological diversity and to help young people who want to discover secrets of nature by doing original scientific research,” said Brown, who has taught at UNM since 1987.

Brown has written or co-authored seven books, more than 180 scientific papers in refereed journals, numerous chapters in edited volumes, invited papers, reviews and other publications.

Brown earned his Ph.D in zoology from the University of Michigan in 1967 and began his teaching career at the University of California, Los Angeles, that same year. The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science. Established in 1863 by a congressional act signed by Abraham Lincoln, the academy acts as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.