TEMPE, Ariz. – Janet Franklin a professor in Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
Franklin is one of the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries elected to National Academy of Sciences. Election to NAS is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.
The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the advancement of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare of society. NAS members and foreign associates are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Franklin's research is focused on the dynamics of terrestrial (land) plant communities at the landscape scale.
She said she was shocked when she got the call from NAS but was happy about how proud it made her father.
"He took me to my first public science lecture when I was 12 – it was Linus Pauling," Franklin said. "It made me want to be a scientist and solve puzzles."
Working with the idea that Earth is a whole, living organism, Franklin's research addresses the impacts of human-caused landscape change on the environment and its long-term implications for the environment and all things living in it. Combining statistical modeling, computer simulation, geospatial data and spatial analysis with field work, Franklin and her colleagues have shown:
Franklin, who also is a senior sustainability scientist in ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, has published more than 120 refereed papers in a wide variety of scholarly journals. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Geographic Society. She also has worked closely with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey.
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