The election was held during the business session of the 146th annual meeting of the Academy. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,150.
The lone archaeologist selected was David J. Meltzer, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory and executive director, QUEST Archaeological Research Program, department of anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
According to Prof. Meltzer's web page:
My research interests center on the origins, antiquity, and adaptations of the first Americans (Paleoindians), who colonized the North American continent at the end of the Pleistocene (Ice Age). I seek to understand how these hunter-gatherers met the challenges of moving across and adapting to the vast, initially unknown, ecologically diverse, landscape of Late Glacial North America, during a time of significant climate change. This has evolved in several directions, including an interest in understanding landscape learning, the demographics of colonization, and how such processes might play out over centuries and be visible archaeologically.The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.