The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. When a member of AAAS has shown outstanding efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished, they are elected to the ranking of Fellow. This year, this distinction has been awarded to 489 individuals world wide, among them Northeastern’s Geoffrey Trussell.
Mr. Trussell is a director, chair, and professor at Northeastern working in both the Marine and Environmental Science department, and in the Marine Science Center. Head of the Trussell Lab, his work focuses on the ecology and evolution of marine communities, in particular the role of species interactions in shaping said communities.
Currently the Trussell Lab is researching a wide range of topics currently, with the majority of time going into the evolutionary and ecological significance of predation risk, with an emphasis on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and inducible defenses, the ecological significance of nonconsumptive predator effects, and the influence of trait-mediated indirect interactions on community dynamic and ecosystem function. Along with this, additional research includes invasive and exotic plant diversity in terrestrial systems, the influence of species diversity on ecosystem function, and the impact of climate change on natural food webs.
Congratulations to Geoffrey Trussell for the recognition of his continuous dedication to scientific advancement.