Dr. Susan Harrison Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Professor Susan Harrison on a field trip last week along the Central Coast.

Dr. Susan Harrison, one of our professors in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy here at UC Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. This is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. 

The NAS, the oldest scientific academy in the country, announced its new class last week: 84 members and 21 foreign associates recognized for distinguished and continuing achievement in original research.

Susan is an ecologist who studies the processes that shape and maintain plant species diversity at the landscape scale. She conducted a 15-year study at UC Davis' McLaughlin Natural Reserve, where she established research tying a loss of plant species richness (especially of native wildflowers), to drier winters such as those experienced during drought. This work was published in a paper titled "Climate-Driven Diversity Loss in a Grassland Community," in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015.


Read the full article on Susan's accomplishments and prior academic history here.