USGS Researcher Michael Dettinger Named 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

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Research hydrologist Dr. Michael Dettinger, whose work has contributed greatly to the understanding of the interconnectedness of climate and water supplies in the Western U.S., is among this year’s AAAS Fellows.

Michael Dettinger, research hydrologist with the USGS, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science are scientifically or socially distinguished can be elected a Fellow by the AAAS Council. Dettinger will be honored during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 16, in Washington, D.C.

This lifetime honor will be bestowed upon Dettinger for his work in the atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences and the contributions he has made to the understanding of the influence of climate on the water of the West. Dettinger’s work includes pioneering studies of climate variations and change, and early recognition of the role and impacts of atmospheric rivers, which have added to the understanding of the causes and effects of drought and other extreme weather events across the western U.S.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874 and new Fellows are named each year. These individuals are chosen for their achievements across disciplines. Areas in which Fellows have made significant contributions include research, teaching, technology, services to professional societies, administration in academia, industry, and government, and communicating and interpreting science to the public.