The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) has appointed its first endowed chair position by naming Professor Heather Lynch as Endowed Chair in Ecology and Evolution. She was recognized for the scale and scope of her academic accomplishments, the public visibility of her work, her level of engagement with IACS, her support of student growth and development, and her clarity of vision. As endowed chair she will join the IACS leadership team.
Professor Lynch was named a winner of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in the Life Sciences category earlier this year. A faculty member at Stony Brook since 2011, Lynch has received international recognition for her research as a quantitative ecologist monitoring Antarctic penguin populations, including the Adélie penguin. Her work with Adélie penguins in particular has provided key data on the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem.
For more about Lynch’s research, visit her lab website.