Dr Bob Scholes, a systems ecologist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and a World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Trustee, has been elected as a foreign associate to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
This is an honour bestowed upon the world’s best scientists as chosen by their peers. With this achievement, he joins the ranks of a small number of elite South Africa scientists, among them the late Phillip Tobias, a renowned paleoanthropologist best known for his work at South African hominid fossil sites.
Dr Scholes is well known for his contributions in the fields of global change, ecology and earth observation. He also has been an active Trustee with WWF-SA, a member of WWF's conservation committee and a regular reviewer of the WWF-SA Nedbank Green Trust portfolio.
WWF-SA congratulates Dr Scholes on his achievement and is proud to count him among the Trustees that add much value to the work it does.
According to Thompson ISI, which maintains databases on scientific publications worldwide, Scholes is among the top 1% of environmental scientists worldwide based on citation frequency, publishing widely in his chosen fields.
The NAS is an independent, non-profit society and is regarded as one of the top Academies in the world. Speaking on AM Live, Scholes says he might be asked to serve on the NAS's panels.
Follow the link below to listen to a full interview with Scholes speaking on AM Live on SAfm http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/428ff48044135f55a6fdf6e2e61545ac/SA-ecologist-gets-prestigious-global-recognition-20140521