Tim Kohler.

Washington State University Biochemistry Professor John Browse and anthropology Professor Tim Kohler have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their achievements in original research, the college announced Sunday.

Browse and Kohler are among 150 new members named to the National Academy of Sciences on May 3.

The National Academy of Sciences, which was first established in 1863 by U.S. Congress and then President Abraham Lincoln, is a nonprofit society of scholars charged with providing independent, objective advice about science and technology to the nation.

According to the university, Kohler studies the social dynamics of prehistoric cultures, specializing in the U.S. Southwest. His research explores the relationships among demography, violence, wealth inequality, social evolution, and climate variability.

Kohler’s current projects include the SKOPE project to make interpreted paleoenvironmental data widely accessible, and another National Science Foundation-funded project to generate and analyze measures of wealth inequality in societies around the world over the last 10,000 years.

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