On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, we are pleased to announce that Adriana Darielle Mejía Briscoe, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, has been awarded a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, she was chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants.
Professor Briscoe joins a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists being honored this year. UCI now has 38 Guggenheim Fellows from various backgrounds and fields of study.
Well known for her studies on the evolution of vision in butterflies, Professor Briscoe will use her fellowship to support a project titled: “Light, Heat and Butterflies: Adaptations of Insects to a Warming Planet.” She will conduct field research and write a book that covers the biophysics, genetics, physiology and evolution of butterflies’ visual and temperature adaptations to climate change.
Professor Briscoe is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Entomological Society. She has also been recognized as a Distinguished Scientist of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.
Please join us in congratulating Professor Briscoe on this exemplary achievement.
Hal S. Stern, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
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Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Biological Sciences
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