Blaire Van Valkenburgh, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, has been selected among 13 Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholars for 2015-2016 nationally.

Van Valkenburgh explores the fossil record of carnivores from both ecological and evolutionary perspectives to better understand both the dynamics of extant predator communities and the adaptations of individual species.

The Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars since 1956. The scholars travel to universities and colleges where Phi Beta Kappa chapters are located, and spend two days on each campus meeting informally with undergraduates, participating in classroom lectures and seminars and giving a major public address.