Alumnus elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Among the 51 new members to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in December 2011 is Dr. Zhonghe Zhou, who earned his doctorate in 1999 at the University of Kansas.
Zhou is the Director of Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), CAS, Beijing, China, which is an internationally known paleontological research institution.
Zhou studied at KU between 1995 and 1999 with Larry Martin, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Biodiversity Institute and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Zhou is regarded one of the most distinguished vertebrate paleontologists in the world. His research on early evolution of birds and flight has been published in several science journals, and he was elected a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He is also the Vice President of International Paleontological Association and of Paleontological Society of China.
At 46, he is the youngest member in the Division of Earth Sciences of CAS. Membership in CAS is considered the pinnacle of achievement for a scientist in China.