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October 8, 2010
Hear University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall discuss gains in our knowledge base with regards to how small forms of life affect the health of earth's soils and how human activity affects soil biodiversity and ecosystems. Wall, named the 2010-2011 CSU Distinguished Ecologist, will lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Diana Wall, Ph.D., is the 2010-2011 CSU Distinguished Ecologist.
The Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) is honoring a distinguished CSU ecologist for the fifth year.
This year's honoree is Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor, Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Professor in Biology and GDPE. She will be presenting a seminar, "Biodiversity: what did we know and what do we know now?"
The seminar is open to the public. There will be a reception with refreshments following the seminar in the University Club.
As a soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Diana Wall is actively engaged in exploring how microbial and invertebrate diversity contribute to healthy, productive soils and the global effects of human activities on soil biodiversity and ecosystems.
Her research involves 20+ seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining the response of soil life and ecosystem processes to climate warming and a new collaboration with the digital Globalsoilmap.net to explore biodiversity in fertile and degraded soils across Africa.
She provides scientific input to and is currently an At Large Member of the U.S. UNESCO Commission and member, U.S. Standing Committee on Life Sciences for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.
Wall chaired the DIVERSITAS-International Biodiversity Observation Year 2001-2002 and was co-chair of the chapter, "Implications for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment," an international scientific evaluation of the consequences of environmental changes to human well-being.
She was editor for SCOPE, volume 64: "Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments" (Island Press, 2004).
Wall holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served as President, Ecological Society of America, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, the Society of Nematologists and Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Diana was previously Professor, University of California, Riverside and Director, the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
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