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Professor Poulsen elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Posted: November 26, 2017

Professor Poulsen elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Christopher Poulsen, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and also a professor in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, is one of seven UM faculty members newly elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and the publisher of the journal Science.

The UM professors join 389 scientists and engineers from across the nation who were chosen by their peers for their "efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," according to AAAS.

Professor Poulsen, whose research focuses on large-scale climate change through Earth history, leads the The Climate Change Research Group at U-M. The group investigates climate changes using both theoretical and observational methods in order to ultimately understand climate dynamics, feedbacks, and variability. 

Professor Poulsen is being honored for extraordinary accomplishments in climate change modeling that have improved understanding of how Earth’s climate has evolved and changed over the past 800 million years. He has published on climate topics including snowball Earth dynamics, extreme greenhouse climates, mountain-uplift induced climate change, ice-age cycles, and plant physiological forcing of past and future climate. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and joined the U-M faculty in 2003.

“Our work provides a fuller understanding of the climate system, its variability, and sensitivity, and also contributes to evaluating the earth system models that we use for future climate predictions,” Poulsen said. “These models are very heavily tuned to simulate modern conditions. To have any faith in them, they should be able to simulate past extreme conditions as well.”

This year's AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in Science magazine on Nov. 24 and will be honored in February at the AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Link to U-M New article: https://news.engin.umich.edu/2017/11/two-engineering-faculty-named-aaas-fellows/