Congratulations to Dr. Dorothy Merritts

We would like to congratulate our friend and colleague, Dr. Dorothy Merritts, geosciences professor at Franklin & Marshall College, for being the first F&M faculty to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences! This is one of the highest honors a scientists can achieve and was given to just 120 scientists from across the country this year. Once elected, Merritts becomes a permanent member of the Academy and may be called to be an expert to serve on committees and provide informed opinions on field-specific issues that could influence public policy.

Merritts’ expertise in stream restoration, particularly as it relates to legacy sediment and erosion that negatively impacts the Chesapeake Bay, is one reason for her selection to the Academy.

Christopher Williams, an environmental studies professor and chair of F&M’s Earth and Environment Department, said, “Dorothy’s research attracts students with different interests and offers them interesting and challenging individualized research opportunities in both the field and the lab. Her teaching is informed by her research, so having someone like Dorothy teaching students at all levels of the curriculum really elevates our academic program. This is a well-deserved honor reflecting Dorothy’s hard work and dedication to scientific inquiry.”

We are proud to work alongside such a dedicated and knowledgeable scientist. Learn more about Dr. Merritts and her work in the article at the link below or here.


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