2022 Paleontological Society Fellows

We are delighted to announce the newest Paleontological Society Fellows:  Annalisa Berta (San Diego State University), Carlos Jaramillo (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute), Johnny Waters (University of West Georgia and Appalachian State University), and Lisa White (UC Museum of Paleontology). 

Annalisa Berta (San Diego State University) is recognized for her numerous wide-ranging and impactful contributions to our understanding of marine mammals, including their anatomy, physiology, ontogeny, sensory biology, phylogenetics, and evolutionary history; for her outstanding record of teaching and mentorship; and for her extensive service to the profession, including her pioneering efforts promoting the work of women in paleontology most notably through her book Rebels, Scholars, Explorers: Women in Vertebrate Paleontology.

Carlos Jaramillo (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) is recognized for his exceptionally productive research career, which has transformed our understanding of the origin of modern Neotropical forests; for his service to our profession, including his ongoing bilingual commitment to the Hispanic community; and for his efforts mentoring and inspiring future paleontologists among the almost 20% of the US population that is Spanish-speaking.

Johnny A. Waters (University of West Georgia and Appalachian State University) is recognized as a “near-legendary Paleozoic-of-the-mid-Continent paleontologist”, for his outstanding career of innovative, far-reaching research on echinoderms ranging from functional morphology to Asian paleobiogeography; for his devoted support of students; and for his long-term service to the Paleontological Society, including his crucial efforts to put the Society on firm financial footing at a critical time in its history.

Lisa D. White (UC Museum of Paleontology) is recognized for her outstanding activities as an administrator, educator, advocate, and role model, including a strong record of contributions to diatom research, paleontology education and outreach, and museum custodianship. These activities have been characterized by sustained grace and generosity, and have been transformative in moving paleontology toward a more diverse and inclusive discipline.

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