Professor Hugh Possingham elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences

26 May 2016
Professor Hugh Possingham

Professor Hugh Possingham of UQ’s School of Mathematics and Physics and School of Biological Sciences has received formal recognition for his outstanding contribution to original research, being elected as a foreign associate to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences alongside a small cohort of distinguished researchers.

The National Academy of Sciences, a not-for-profit institution established under President Lincoln in 1863, recognizes outstanding achievements in science by electing researchers to membership (US citizens) or foreign associate status (if a non-citizen). The Academy was established to provide science policy advice to the American federal government.

Professor Possingham was one of twenty-one scientists to be accepted as a foreign associate in the latest intake, and is the first Queensland-based academic to receive the honour.

“I am humbled to be recognized by such an illustrious institution. I would like to thank everyone I have worked with, and I hope I can use the election to further the cause of environmental science  globally,” Professor Possingham said.

Twenty Australian scientists are members of the Academy as a foreign associate.