South Africa's Dr Bob Scholes elected to the US National Academy of Science | Science |
A CSIR system ecologist has been elected as a foreign associate to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an honour bestowed upon the world's best scientists as chosen by their peers.

Dr Bob Scholes is systems ecologist who is well known for his contributions in the fields of global change, ecology and earth observation. With this achievement he joins the ranks of a small number of elite South African scientists, among them the late Prof Phillip Tobias, a paleoanthropologist from the University of the Witwatersrand, best known for his work at South African hominid fossil sites.

According to Thompson ISI, who maintain 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. He has a particular interest in the savannas of Africa and has over thirty years of field experience in many parts of Africa and the world.

The NAS is an independent, non-profit society, established by an Act of the United States Congress in 1863. It is regarded as one of the top Academies in the world.

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