They were all named 2009 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences -- the most prestigious honor society and center for independent policy research in the United States. Her selection is good news for everyone who cares about the future of the oceans.
Packard served on the Pew Oceans Commission (along with NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and CIA Director Leon Panetta, who are both past board members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium). She is a past recipient of honors including the Audubon Medal for Conservation and Ted Danson Ocean Hero Award.
At the Academy, she joins an illustrious roster of Fellows who have been recognized by the Academy since its founding in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots of the American Revolution.
Because the Academy relies on its Fellows to help address complex and emerging problems facing human society, her selection bodes well for having ocean issues front and center on the Academy's agenda.