Ph.D.,University of Kentucky, 1971
Professor, Department of Biology
Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Lab
Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Colorado State University Distinguished Professor
Dr. Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University was appointed as the Founding Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability in 2008. She is a professor in the Department of Biology and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.
A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Diana is actively engaged in research exploring how life in soil (microbial and invertebrate diversity) contributes to healthy, fertile and productive soils and thus to society, and the consequences of human activities on soil globally. Her research on soil biota, particularly soil nematodes, extends from agroecosystems to arid ecosystems. Diana has spent more than 25 seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Wall Valley, Antarctica was named in 2005 to recognize her achievements.
Diana holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the Ecological Society of America, the Society of Nematologists and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. Diana is currently Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative and is a past member of the US Standing Committee on Life Sciences for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). She is the recipient of the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. She has been honored by The British Ecological Society as the 2011 Tansley Lecturer, as the 2015 T.B. Macaulay Lecturer by The James Hutton Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland and as a 2015 Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College.
Diana is the 2013 Tyler Laureate for Environmental Achievement and is the recipient of the 2015 Ulysses Medal from the University College Dublin, and the Soil Science Society of America Presidential Award. She has served as a member of the 2012 US NSF Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel, a PCAST Working Group, the US Commission of UNESCO and was a co-lead author of the Millennium Development Goals Committee Chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Diana served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Society of Nematologists and was Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Her edited books include two on sustaining soil biodiversity and ecosystem services. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.