Center faculty Emilio Bruna named 2022 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Bruna recognized for significant contributions in Biological Sciences

Center faculty Emilio Bruna named 2022 AAAS Fellow

February 3, 2023

Center faculty Dr. Emilio Bruna (Latin American Studies, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation) has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

Dr. Bruna joined the University of Florida and the TCD program as a core faculty member in 2002. His research examines 1) how the demography and population dynamics of tropical plants are influenced by human activities such as deforestation and climate change, and (2) factors influencing geographic disparities in the production and spread of knowledge, with an emphasis on scholarship from Latin America. At UF, he has received numerous awards, including being recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Scholar. He currently serves as Past-President of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation and Secretary of the Ecological Society of America.

Dr. Bruna is among the more than 500 scientists, engineers and innovators who have been elected 2022 Fellows for their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements throughout their careers.

A tradition dating back to 1874, election as a AAAS Fellow is a lifetime honor, and all Fellows are expected to maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity. Distinguished past honorees include W.E.B. DuBois, Ellen Ochoa, Steven Chu, Grace Hopper, Alan Alda, Mae Jemison and Ayanna Howard. Joining the ranks of Fellows last year were roboticist Ayanna Howard, actor and science communicator Alan Alda and molecular biologist Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado.

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