Three Nicholas School Faculty Members Named to List of World’s Most Influential Researchers

December 11, 2017

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Photo story Drew Shindell Mark Wiesner John Terborgh
Photo (left to right): Drew Shindell, Mark Wiesner and John Terborgh

DURHAM, N.C. – Three faculty members at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment have been named to Clarivate Analyics’ 2017 list of the world’s most highly cited researchers.

Drew Shindell, Nicholas Professor of Earth Sciences, John Terborgh, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, and Mark R. Wiesner, James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, each were recognized.

Inclusion on the Highly Cited list signifies that a researcher has published a high number of peer-reviewed papers that rank in the top 1% most-cited of all papers in his or her discipline over the last 11 years. Such consistent production of highly cited research indicates that the researcher’s work is widely judged by his or her peers to be among the most influential and significant in their field.

Shindell is widely recognized for his work using climate models to investigate connections between climate change, air quality and chemical changes in the atmosphere, and for his studies quantifying the social costs of short-lived climate pollutants. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, generating nearly 34,000 citations from his peers.

Terborgh is an internationally recognized expert on tropical ecology with nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications that have generated more than 36,000 citations from fellow scientists. In recognition of his pioneering research, he has been elected a member of the National Academy of Science and been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, among other high honors.

Wiesner is widely cited for his work on membrane processes, nanostructured materials, and the transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. According to Google Scholars, he has contributed to more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, which have generated more than 20,000 citations by fellow researchers. Wiesner's primary appointment is at the Pratt School of Engineering; he holds a secondary appointment in the Nicholas School's Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy.