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The world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals has selected a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty member to its latest class of fellows. School of Life Sciences Professor David Duffy was recognized for scientific excellence as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2022 class of fellows.

The new recipients will receive a certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering) to commemorate their election and will be celebrated in Washington, D.C., in summer 2023. Election as an AAAS Fellow is a lifetime honor.

“It is humbling to share an honor with such distinguished scientists, one previously awarded to two other UH botanists, Izzy Abbott and Dieter Mueller-Dombois,” Duffy said.

Duffy’s diverse research interests vary by ecosystem and organism. His focus is on how natural environments respond to perturbations (disturbance of a system), either natural or man-made, at scales ranging from the individual through the landscape. His work has included the effect of El Niño on seabirds in Peru, as well as fishery interactions with seabirds in Peru, South Africa, the Galápagos Islands and Hawaiʻi. Duffy was the principal investigator of a project on avian malaria, examining whether new approaches to science might yield answers to the biggest threat to the islands’ endangered forest birds.

In 2019, Duffy was awarded the Pacific Seabird Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to seabird management and conservation science.

More about AAAS Fellows

AAAS members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections across scientific and engineering disciplines, by three fellows who are current AAAS members, or by the chief executive officer (CEO) of AAAS. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years.

AAAS is proud to elevate these standout individuals and recognize the many ways in which they’ve advanced scientific excellence, tackled complex societal challenges and pushed boundaries that will reap benefits for years to come,” said Sudip S. Parikh, AAAS CEO and executive publisher of the Science family of journals.

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