Whendee Silver elected as an AGU Fellow

September 28, 2021
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Congratulations to Whendee Silver, who was elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow, the organization announced today. She joins 59 other individuals in the 2021 Class of Fellows. Since 1962, the AGU Union Fellows Committee has selected less than 0.1 percent of members as new Fellows. AGU, a nonprofit organization that supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences, annually recognizes a select number of individuals as part of its Honors and Recognition program.

AGU Fellows are selected for their outstanding achievements and contributions pushing forward the frontiers of science, and for embodying AGU’s vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future powered by discovery, innovation, and action. The AGU also notes that Fellows are recognized for conducting themselves with integrity, respect, and collaboration while creating deep engagement in education, diversity, and outreach.

A faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Silver has conducted pioneering research on redox-sensitive biogeochemical cycling, including the discovery of novel biogeochemical pathways in upland ecosystems. Her long-term ecological research on carbon, nutrient, and greenhouse gas dynamics has led to new understandings of ecosystem structure and function. Her work on climate change mitigation has identified mechanisms for soil carbon sequestration in working landscapes and has supported policy changes at local, regional, and global scales.

"I am very honored to be elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union," Silver said. "I am grateful to my students, postdocs, and lab group—past and present—who share the love of science and the search for solutions to society’s pressing environmental problems."

Kristie A. Boering, a professor in Berkeley's Departments of Chemistry and of Earth and Planetary Science, is also one of the 2021 Fellows.

AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients during #AGU21 Fall Meeting in December.