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 H. Wall is a University Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is also a Professor of Biology and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU.
Diana is actively engaged in research to explore how soil biodiversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus benefits society, and the consequences of human activities on soil sustainability. Her global research includes more than twenty years of research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how climate change affects soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Wall Valley, Antarctica was named for her achievements in 2005.
Diana holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. She is Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative and is a 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 and was honored by The British Ecological Society as the 2011 Tansley Lecturer. Diana is also the 2013 Tyler Laureate for Environmental Achievement. She has served as member of the 2012 US Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel, a PCAST Working Group, the US Commission of UNESCO and was 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 other societies and was Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Her edited books include two on sustaining soil biodiversity and ecosystem services. Diana received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.