UofSC researcher named AAAS Fellow

Award-winning University of South Carolina marine scientist Claudia Benitez-Nelson has won another accolade — selection as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

In a tradition that dates back to 1874, fellows are nominated by research peers and are selected based on their contributions to scientific fields. According to the AAAS, Benitez-Nelson was specifically selected “for distinguished contributions to the field of marine chemistry and geochemistry, particularly for innovative studies on particle fluxes and phosphorus biogeochemistry in the ocean.”

A professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, Benitez-Nelson has authored or co-authored more than 90 papers, including lead author publications in the journals Science and Nature. She is known for her passion for teaching and involvement in fostering undergraduate research. Among her awards at UofSC, Benitez-Nelson is the 2005 winner of the Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2013 Distinguished Professor of the Year award, the university’s most prestigious faculty honor.

“It is an incredible honor to be elected as an AAAS fellow and have my name added to such a distinguished group," Benitez-Nelson said.

The UofSC faculty has more than two dozen AAAS fellows from a wide array of fields, including chemistry, pharmacy, geology, biology and psychology. 

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