Rutgers Human Ecologist Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Rutgers Human Ecologist Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Bonnie McCay studies economic, biological and human aspects of marine fisheries and coastal communities

Bonnie McCay

Bonnie J. McCay, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.   A Rutgers University human ecology professor has been
elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest
honors an American scientist or engineer can achieve.

Bonnie J. McCay, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service
Professor in the Department of Human Ecology in the School of Environmental and
Biological Sciences,
was among 83 new members elected this year in recognition
of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

McCay has been recognized for her work which focuses on the
human dimensions of marine resources. Her research provides a better understanding
of the conditions needed for sustainable marine fisheries around the world as
well as the importance of the interdisciplinary involvement of ecology and
community with the social institutions of science, law and property.  She has conducted field research in
Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Canada; the Middle Atlantic region of the United
States; and in Baja California, Mexico.

“I feel astonished and humbled,” said McCay, considered an
expert on the economic, biological and human aspects of the fishing industry.
“This is important because of the recognition it gives to the value of
interdisciplinary research on environmental matters involving social as well as
natural sciences.”

McCay, who earned a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia
University and has been teaching at Rutgers for 38 years, is internationally renowned
for her work to further the sustainable management of coastal fisheries by
collaborating with scientists from the United States as well as a broad range
of Mexican institutions, agencies and individuals connected with the fishing
industry in Mexico.

“With this honor, Dr. McCay joins a very select group of
individuals who represent the very best scientists in the country,” said
William K. Hallman, professor and chair of the Department of Human Ecology. “It
also affirms the important role that social science and research on human
behavior must necessarily play in creating effective environmental and natural
resources policies.”

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization
of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use
for the general welfare.  It was
established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham
Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal
government, upon request, in any matter of science and technology.


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