The Smithsonian Libraries salutes Dr. Nancy Knowlton, the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the National Museum of Natural History and senior scientist emerita at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, who has received the 2016 Secretary’s Distinguished Scholar Award. The award celebrates excellence in all branches of Smithsonian scholarship by honoring the sustained achievement of one outstanding Smithsonian scholar each year.
The Smithsonian Libraries’ Smithsonian Research Online (SRO) lists 135 of Dr. Knowlton’s publications dating back to 1984. This includes the National Geographic published book Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life (2010). According to SRO, Dr. Knowlton has been published in 114 scientific journals, ranging from the Annual Review of Marine Science to Conservation Biology to Nature Magazine.
Dr. Knowlton’s research has influenced an astounding number of scientists: she has been cited in other scientific research more than 19,000 times (an average of 115 times per paper), according to a Smithsonian Libraries search in Web of Science (12/2/2016). Her 1993 article, “Sibling species in the sea” (Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 24: 189-216. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2097177 ) has been cited more than 1000 times in other scientific research.