Ilkka Hanski elected an honorary member of an American science academy

New members also include George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton.

Alt-tekstin paikka An American scientific society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has elected Academy Professor Ilkka Hanski from the Faculty of Biosciences as a foreign honorary member of the Academy.

“Of course, recognition from such an esteemed party feels good. At the same time, it is an indication of the international visibility of Finnish research on ecology,” says Academy Professor Hanski about his election.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a traditional and highly regarded scientific society founded in 1780, with 4,000 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members. Members include scientists from various fields, artists and political leaders, and 160 Nobel Prize winners.

This time the Academy Fellows chose 175 American Fellows and 20 Foreign Honorary Members to join the Academy. Among the new Fellows are former presidents of the United States George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton.

In academia, Academy Professor Hanski is known particularly for his work on metapopulation research. His research has turned the Glanville fritillary butterfly living on the Åland Islands into a ‘model species’.

Earlier, Academy Professor Hanski was elected as only the second Finn to join the British science academy, the Royal Society.

Text: Simo Salmela
Photo: Mirja Mäenpää

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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