Sallie (Penny) Chisholm

MIT 48-419
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: (617) 253-1771
Fax: (617) 324-0336
Email: chisholm at mit dot edu

Curriculum Vitae (file): 


Employment and Positions:

2015-present Institute Professor
2006-2008 Director, MIT Earth System Initiative
Co-Director, Terrascope (
1993-present Joint Appointment, Department of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1976-present Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Division of Water Resources & Environmental Engineering 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1988-1995 MIT Director, MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in
Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering
1978-present Visiting Scientist, Biology Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1974-76 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Biological Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Professional Societies:

American Society of Microbiology
International Society of Microbial Ecology
American Geophysical Union 
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (Member-at-Large 1983-1986)
Phycological Society of America (Associate Editor, J. Phycol. 1983-1987)
The Oceanography Society (Charter Council Member 1989-1991)
Ecological Society of America 
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma XI

Selected Honors and Awards:

2019 Crafoord Prize in the Bioscienes, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
2018 Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science)  Harvard University
2016 Jim Tiedje Award, International Society of Microbial Ecology
2015 Appointed Institute Professor, MIT
2015 Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) Skidmore College
2015 Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona, Correspondent Member
2014 Killian Faculty Achievement Award, MIT
2014 Skidmore College Distinguished Alumni Award
2013 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology, Government of Catalonia, Spain
2013 2011 National Medal of Science, the White House
2012 Ruth Patrick Award, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
2011 Darbaker Prize: Botanical Society of America
2010 Agassiz Medal: National Academy of Sciences
2005 Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science
2004-2012 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator in Marine Science
2003 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
2002-2015 Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies (Endowed Chair)
1995-2002 McAfee Professor of Engineering (Endowed Chair)
1998, 2013 Resident Scholar, Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Italy
1997-1998 Guggenheim Fellow
1992 Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1991 Rosenstiel Award in Ocean Sciences