Nicholas School’s Drew Shindell Named AAAS Fellow

November 25, 2014

Tim Lucas, 919-613-8084,

DURHAM, N.C. – Drew T. Shindell, professor of climate sciences at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Members of AAAS are elevated to the rank of Fellow in recognition of research, outreach and teaching that are deemed by their peers to be scientifically or socially distinguished. This year, 401 AAAS members were named Fellows. This is the second high honor Shindell has received this year. In July, he was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

A prolific researcher with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, he is widely cited for his work using climate models to investigate connections between climate change, air quality and chemical changes in the atmosphere, including the depletion of Earth’s ozone layer.

He has testified on climate issues before both houses of Congress, the World Bank and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and developed a climate change course with the American Museum of Natural History. He chaired the 2011 Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone by the UN Environment Programme and World Meteorological Organization, and was a coordinating lead author on the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He currently chairs the scientific advisory panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of nations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Shindell joined the Nicholas School faculty earlier this year. Prior to that, he was a climatologist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

He and the other newly named AAAS Fellows will be recognized at a special ceremony during the association’s 2015 annual meeting in San Jose, Calif., in February.