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Greg Asner elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2013

Earth Sciences professor and Carnegie staff scientist pioneered new methods employing satellite and airborne instruments to understand the response of ecosystems to land use and climate change.

Greg Asner, a pioneer of new methods to investigate and understand the response of ecosystems to land use and climate change, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Asner is professor (by courtesy) of Environmental Earth System Science in the Stanford School of Earth Sciences and staff scientist at the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science, an independent center located on the Stanford campus.

Using satellite and airborne instrumentation, Asner has developed new approaches for investigating tropical deforestation, degradation, ecosystem diversity, invasive species, carbon emissions and climate change.  These systems measure the chemistry, structure, biomass, and biodiversity of the Earth in unprecedented detail over massive areas not thought possible before. Asner has also developed new technologies for conservation assessments, including tropical forest carbon emissions and stocks, hydrologic function and biodiversity.

The National Academy of Sciences was established by an Act of Congress and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The NAS provides independent, objective science and technology advice to the nation. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership.