About Mimi Koehl

Awards and Honors

  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1983
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award, Gettysburg College, 1985
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1988
  • MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, 1990-95
  • Fellow, California Academy of Science, elected 1993
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Gettysburg College, 1998
  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1998-1999
  • Miller Professorship, 2000-2001 and 2013-2014
  • National Academy of Sciences, elected 2001
  • Borelli Award, American Society of Biomechanics, 2002 (for "outstanding career accomplishment" and "exemplary contributions to the field of biomechanics")
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 2002
  • Virginia G. and Robert E. Gill Chair, University of California, Berkeley, 2005-2010
  • Honorary Degree, Gettysburg College, 2006
  • Rachel Carson Award, American Geophysical Union, 2006
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007
  • John Martin Award, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, 2008 (for research that "created a paradigm shift in an area of aquatic sciences")
  • Muybridge Award, International Society of Biomechanics (ISB's "highest honor"), 2009
  • Honorary Degree, Bates College, 2009
  • Li Ka Shing Distinguished Lecturer (China), 2011
  • Simons Fellow, Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge (U.K.), 2017
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, The Graduate School at Duke University, 2018
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, elected 2018


  • B.A. in Biology with Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude, Gettysburg College
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, Duke University (advisor: Steven Wainwright)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington (advisor: Richard Strathmann)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of York, England (advisor: John Currey)

Book about M. Koehl

Articles about M. Koehl

  • Profiled in Discover magazine:
    Franklin, D. (1991) The shape of life. Discover 12: 10-15.
  • One of the women featured in a book:
    Schatz, H. (1993) Gifted Women. San Francisco: Pacific Photographic Press. 120 pp.
  • One of the people featured in:
    Smith, A.D. (1995) Bay area brain trust: 101 achievers who make this the smartest place on earth. San Francisco Focus Magazine 42: 30-47.
  • One of the scientists profiled in:
    Sherrer, B.F. and B.S. Sherrer [eds.] (1996) Notable Women Scientists in the Life Sciences. Westport, CN: Greenwood Publishing. 456 pp.
  • One of the scientists featured in:
    Gladfelter, E.H. (2002) Agassiz's Legacy: Scientists' Reflections on the Value of Field Experience. New York: Oxford University Press. 437 pp.
  • One of the scientists featured in:
    Oakes, E.H. (2002) International Encyclopedia of Women Scientists. New York: Facts on File. 448 pp.
  • Profiled in Berkeleyan (Berkeley Campus News):
    Edelstein, W. (2006) Researchers reach a new audience. Link to article
  • Profiled on the website of the Department of Integrative Biology, Uni. of California, Berkeley, 2007    Link to article
  • Profiled in Science Matters. (2008)    Link to article (PDF)
  • Yeoman, B. (2008) Lobsta Got to Sniff Dinosaurs Got to Fly. Duke Magazine . September October 2008.    Link to article (PDF)
  • Zakrewsky, J. (2007) At Waters Edge. Gettysburg A Magazine for Gettysburg College Alumni, Parents, and Friends . Winter 2007.    Link to article (PDF)