Marvalee Wake is Immediate Past-President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), and a former President of the International Union for Biological Sciences IUBS), as well as of other professional societies. She has served on the Smithsonian Science Commission, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Sustainable Development, and National Science Foundation advisory committees and task forces, and a number of committees and boards. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the California Academy of Sciences, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1988-89 and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2002. She received her Ph. D. in biology from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for 35 years, and was Assistant and Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science, Chair of the Departments of Zoology and Integrative Biology, and was Chancellors Professor of Integrative Biology.