Indiana University Bloomington faculty member Eduardo S. Brondízio has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country.
Brondízio is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, and in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
He was among the 276 new fellows and international honorary members in the 2020 class that was announced April 23. The class includes artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
"The members of the class of 2020 have excelled in laboratories and lecture halls, they have amazed on concert stages and in operating rooms, and they have led in board rooms and courtrooms," academy President David W. Oxtoby said.
"These new members are united by a place in history and by an opportunity to shape the future through the academy's work to advance the public good."
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780, represents innovative thinkers across fields and professions and includes more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.
Brondízio's research focuses on the study of human-environmental interactions in the Amazon and plays a key role in discussions about climate change, biodiversity, sustainability, institutions, and governance.
He is director of the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL). He has served on many international scientific boards in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including as co-chair of the 2016-19 United Nations' Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Brondízio also has played key roles in international global environmental change and sustainability research initiatives.
Brondízio has been a member of the Science Committee of the Future Earth program and the International Geosphere Biosphere Program, as well as co-editor-in-chief of "Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability."