Mohanty and Dessler elected as AAAS Fellows

Two Texas A&M University professors — Dr. Binayak Mohanty and Dr. Andrew Dessler — were recently elected as Fellows by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science within the section on atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences. 

According to the association’s website, the fellows were elected by their peers and are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

Mohanty is a Regents Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and is the chair of Hydrologic Engineering and Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mohanty is the lead researcher of the newly established Texas Water Observatory in the Brazos River corridor at Texas A&M, which will serve as a regional testbed for terrestrial and coastal hydrologic, ecologic, geomorphic, climatic and biogeochemical process studies among others in the coming decade.

Mohanty received Fellow rank “for preeminent efforts in the application of remote sensing platforms for understanding multi-scale hydrology and developing scaling rules for soil moisture and hydrologic fluxes.”

His research interests include water, heat and chemical transport measurement, and modeling in variably saturated porous media ranging from core-scale to regional-scale.

Dessler is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the Earl F. Cook Professor of Geosciences. His research interests include climate change, climate change policy and atmospheric chemistry.

Dessler was elected as an AAAS Fellow for “outstanding research in atmospheric chemistry and physics, teaching, writing and community service.”

New Fellows will be honored Feb. 17 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin.

For more on Mohanty and his election, visit this AgriLife Today story. For information on Dressler’s election, read this Texas A&M Today story.

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