UM professor named AAAS Fellow

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MIAMI– University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Dennis Hansell has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

A member of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section of AAAS, Hansell was elected an AAAS Fellow for his transformative insights into the biogeochemistry of marine-dissolved organic matter and his leadership and service in assessing global carbon cycling processes.

A professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the UM Rosenstiel School, Hansell was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks for studies of the nitrogen cycle in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, where he learned about the incredible biological productivity of those systems, exemplified by concentrated marine mammal and seabird populations. He subsequently developed expertise in the cycling of carbon through organic matter in seawater, spending the past three decades working to understand and quantify the processes involved. He has spent several years at sea, on research expeditions to all of the major ocean basins and continents.

Hansell’s research findings have been presented in over 100 journal articles, dozens of presentations, and multiple books and was recognized by the American Geophysical Union with the 2014 Sverdrup Lecture. He has served on numerous national and international science committees, including as chair of the United States Carbon Cycle Science Steering Committee and vice-chair of the international Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) project. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and as chair-elect of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) Council.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members, or by the AAAS chief executive officer. This year, 0.3% of AAAS members were recognized as Fellows. The lifetime honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.


About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, visit:

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