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Environment / Sustainability

Faculty and alumni from CSU's Natural Resource Ecology Lab named ESA Fellows

October 18, 2012

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) recently unveiled a new program to honor members who have made outstanding contributions in the advancement or application of ecological science in academics, government, non-profit organizations or the broader society.

NREL faculty and alumni honored

Seven faculty and alumni from the Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL) and the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University were selected as part of the newly established ESA Fellows program.

Jill Baron, Alan Covich, John C. Moore, Bill Parton, Deb Peters, David Schimel and Diana Wall were all named ESA Fellows for their work and contributions to the field of ecology. Fellows must go through an extensive nomination process and once selected they are elected for life.

“This is a huge honor for the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Warner College and for CSU; we are so proud of our colleagues who received this recognition,” said NREL Director John Moore.

About the Fellows


Jill BaronJill S. Baron is a senior research ecologist with Warner College of Natural Resource’s NREL as well as an ecosystem ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.  Beginning this year, Baron will also begin a three-year term on the Governing Board of the ESA as president elect, president, and past president.


Alan CovichAlan Covich is the former head of CSU’s Warner’s Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology. He currently teaches ecology at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. Covich is also the past president of the ESA.


Diana WallDiana Wall is a professor of biology and a senior research scientist with Warner’s NREL as well as director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU. She has also served as president of the ESA.




John MooreJohn C. Moore is a director of NREL in the Warner College of Natural Resources and the head of Warner’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. He is a recipient of the ESA’s Eugene Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education.




Bill PartonBill Parton is a senior research scientist with NREL in the Warner College of Natural Resources.




Dave ShimelDavid Schimel recently served as the chief science officer and principal investigator for Colorado’s newest research facility, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and is now a carbon and climate senior research scientist, in the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab's Center for Climate. Schimel also serves as the editor in chief of Ecological Applications for the ESA.




Deb PetersDebra P. C. Peters worked in Colorado State University’s NREL in the Warner College of Natural Resources and is now the lead principal investigator and research scientist at the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Project.


ESA Fellows

The ESA Fellows and Early Career Fellows programs were developed to recognize the many ways in which ESA members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and to management and policy. The goals of the programs are to honor ESA members and to support their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the ESA, at their institutions and in broader society.

ESA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915. Its goals are to promote ecological science and its importance, as well as implement good decision making based on the comprehension of ecological science.

For more information on the ESA Fellows program, visit the website