Millbrook, N.Y.Jonathan Cole, a Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the Academy is one of the highest honors a scientist can achieve. Members, who are selected based on the merits of their research, serve as advisors to the nation on issues in science, engineering, and medicine.
Cole, who was recognized by the Academy for his work on the ecology of lakes and rivers, was one of the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates recently announced. Jerry Melillo, a Cary Institute Trustee and Distinguished Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory's Ecosystems Center, was also honored with the distinction
"Jon's election to the Academy is testimony to the strength of his scientific accomplishments," said Cary Institute President William Schlesinger. "For more than three decades, his biogeochemical studies have transformed the way we view freshwater ecosystems. His work which taught us that fish are made out of maple leaves is internationally-relevant, with implications for fisheries and freshwater management."
When noted ecologist Gene Likens founded the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in 1983, Cole was among his first hires. "Jon's scientific aptitude was evident early in his career, and he has emerged as a leader in the fields of limnology and ecology. His research has led to a better understanding of how lakes and rivers function, especially with regard to food webs, microbial activity, and carbon dynamics. I am very proud and pleased that he has received this prestigious honor."
Cole has been the author or co-author of more than 220 peer-reviewed papers, including influential studies on aquatic microorganisms, terrestrial subsidies of aquatic food webs, and the role that inland waters play in the global carbon cycle. Working with colleagues, Cole's innovative whole-lake manipulations have shed light on lake food w
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