Lamont-Doherty scientists Wallace S. Broecker and Peter Schlosser have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and they will be recognized for their contributions to science Feb. 19 at the annual meeting of AAAS in Washington, D.C.
Broecker has been at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory since 1952 and helped pioneer the idea that ocean currents can trigger sudden changes in climate. He is Newberry Professor of Earth Science in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. He was selected for "distinguished contributions to the fields of climate science and oceanography."
Schlosser is director of the Columbia Climate Center, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), professor of earth and environmental sciences and associate director of the Earth Institute. AAAS cited him for his "important scientific accomplishments in ocean and hydrological sciences," contributions to sustainable development and “significant services” to the scientific community.
Two other Columbia professors, Shih-Fu Chang at SEAS and Saul L. Silverstein of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, are among the 503 AAAS members honored as fellows this year.