Dr. Diana H. Wall

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

Diana’s CV

Biography:

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.

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  1. nrel/ess publications: march, 2013 | EcoPress
    nrel/ess publications: march, 2013 | EcoPress at ·

    […] U. N., and D. H. Wall. 2013. The future of soil invertebrate communities in polar regions: different climate change […]

  2. Achievements | EcoPress
    Achievements | EcoPress at ·

    […] Diana Wall has received the 2013 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and will travel to Los Angeles, CA to accept the award this week.  On March 17, 2013, Today @ Colorado State wrote an article and posted a video about Wall’s achievement that can be viewed here.  Wall is a Senior Research Scientist at NREL, a CSU University Distinguished Professor, Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and a Professor of Biology. […]

  3. NREL/ESS PUBLICATIONS: October, 2013 | EcoPress
    NREL/ESS PUBLICATIONS: October, 2013 | EcoPress at ·

    […] Vandegehuchte, T. Nguyen, K. Denef, E. A. Shaw, Z. A. Sylvain, C. Milano de Tomasel, U. N. Nielsen, D. H. Wall. 2013.  Naphthalene addition to soil surfaces: A feasible method to reduce soil micro-arthropods […]

  4. NREL/ESS PUBLICATIONS: February, 2014 | EcoPress

    […] M.L. Vandegehuchte, T.Nguyen, K. Denef, E.A. Shaw, Z.A. Sylvain, C.M. de Tomasel, U.N. Nielsen, D.H. Wall. 2014.  Naphthalene addition to soil surfaces: A feasible method to reduce soil micro-arthropods […]

  5. NREL/ESS PUBLICATIONS: April, 2014 | EcoPress

    […] U. N., Ayres, E., Wall, D. H., Li, G., Bardgett, R. D., Wu, T., & Garey, J. R. (2014). Global‐scale patterns of assemblage […]

  6. NREL/ESS Publications: August, 2014 | EcoPress
    NREL/ESS Publications: August, 2014 | EcoPress at ·

    […] Z. A., Wall, D. H., Cherwin, K. L., Peters, D. P. C., Reichmann, L. G. and Sala, O. E. (2014), Soil animal responses to […]

  7. Why Do You Do What You Do?
    Why Do You Do What You Do? at ·

    […] DIANA WALL (Colorado State University): I love what I do – there is a joy in exploring, and a sense of being a detective and unraveling a tiny mystery that has been hidden. Science is work but it is also fun. Asking why? Why not? Wonder why? I like to figure things out. Most of the time it doesn’t work out, which leads me back to thinking about why. […]

  8. Soils Soils Soils America (SSSA) Meeting | Soil Science, Microbiology, and Biogeochemistry

    […] I got to meet or reconnect with lots of people whose work I respect. Diana Wall and Josh Schimel both gave invited lectures (Nyle C. Brady Frontiers of Soil Science Lectureship […]

  9. NREL/ESS PUBLICATIONS: September 2015 | EcoPress
    NREL/ESS PUBLICATIONS: September 2015 | EcoPress at ·

    […] M.F., Soong J.L., Horton A.J., Campbell E.E., Haddix M.H., Wall D.L., Parton W.J. (2015) Soil organic matter formation from biochemical and physical pathways of litter […]

  10. The Tiny Critters Beneath Our Feet That Keep Us Healthy | News

    […] so much time studying soil in Antarctica that there’s a region, Wall Valley, named after her. The soil ecologist and professor at Colorado State University has gotten to know soil pretty well, yet she continues to learn about […]

  11. The Tiny Critters Beneath Our Feet Keep Us Healthy | News

    […] so much time studying soil in Antarctica that there’s a region, Wall Valley, named after her. The soil ecologist and professor at Colorado State University has gotten to know soil pretty well, yet she continues to learn about […]

  12. The Tiny Critters Beneath Our Feet Keep Us Healthy | Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District

    […] so much time studying soil in Antarctica that there’s a region, Wall Valley, named after her. The soil ecologist and professor at Colorado State University has gotten to know soil pretty well, yet she continues to learn about […]

  13. NREL/ESS Publications: January 2016 | EcoPress
    NREL/ESS Publications: January 2016 | EcoPress at ·

    […] Horton, Uffe N. Nielsen, Karolien Denef, E. Ashley Shaw, Cecilia Milano de Tomasel, William Parton, Diana H. Wall, and M. Francesca Cotrufo. Soil Microarthropods Support Ecosystem Productivity and Soil C Accrual: […]

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