2015             Distinguished Investigator Award, University of Chicago 

                          Collegiate Teaching Award, University of Chicago 

2012              National AfterSchool Champions, AfterSchool Alliance

2011              Chicago’s 50 Most Beautiful People, Chicago Magazine

2011              Honoree, Phi Beta Kappa of the Chicago Area

2009              Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (Project Exploration)

2009              Distinguished Explorer Award, Roy Chapman Andrews Society

2009              Outstanding College Alumni Award in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Northern Illinois University

2005              Faculty Service Award, University of Chicago

2004              Outstanding Community Leader Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals

2003              Leonardo da Vinci Award, Order Sons of Italy in America

2000-now     Explorer, National Geographic Society

1999              University Medal for Excellence, Columbia University

1999              Master-In-Residence, North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka

1997              LifeModel, OMNI Society

1997              The Century Club, Newsweek Magazine

1997              50 Most Beautiful People, People Magazine

1997              100 Best People in the World, Esquire Magazine

1997              Walker Prize, for extraordinary contributions in paleontology, Museum of Science, Boston Society of Natural History

1996              Chicagoan of the Year, Chicago Magazine

1996              Best of What’s New, Popular Science Magazine

1996              Distinguished Visiting Professor, Universidad Nacional de San Juan (Argentina)

1995              Scientist of the Year, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation

1993              40 Under 40, Crain's Chicago Business Magazine

1992              Teacher of the Year Award, Chicago Tribune

1991              Outstanding Young Alumni Award, College of Liberal Arts and Science, Northern Illinois University

1990              Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Illinois University

1989-1994    Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering

1986              Doctoral Training Fellowship, American Museum

1984-1986    Columbia Graduate Faculty Alumni Fellow

1979-1986    Columbia University Faculty Fellowship

1979-1982    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship