Fiona Marshall named to the US National Academy of Sciences

Receives one of the highest honors in the scientific field

Dr. Fiona Marshall, an archaeologist and professor with the Department of Anthropology, has been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. The NAS membership totals approximately 2,250 members and nearly 440 foreign associates, of whom approximately 200 have received Nobel prizes.

Dr. Marshall is the James W. and Jean L. Davis Professor in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on animal domestication and the beginnings of food production in Africa. More information on Dr. Marshall can be found on her faculty page here.

In an email recognizing the achievement, Department Chair Tristram R. Kidder stated that this announcement "is testament to Fiona’s remarkable scholarship, dedicated mentoring, and unrivaled service to the department and the university." 

Dr. Marshall joins two other anthropology faculty members who have been elected to the NAS, Erik Trinkaus, a biological anthropologist, and Patty Jo Watson, an archaeology Professor Emerita.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research.