University Distinguished Professor
Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Professor, Department of Biology
Senior Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Presentation Title: “Soil Invertebrates: the Elephants and Tigers of the Antarctic Dry Valleys”
Diana H. Wall is a University Distinguished Professor and director of the 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.
Wall’s research explores 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 20 years of work in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how climate change affects soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes, and ecosystem services. Antarctica’s Wall Valley was named for her in 2005.
Wall 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 the chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative and a member of the U.S. 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. Wall is also the 2013 Tyler Laureate for Environmental Achievement.
She has served as a member of the 2012 U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel, a PCAST Working Group, and the U.S. Commission of UNESCO and was co-lead author of the Millennium Development Goals Committee Chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She has also served as president of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and other societies and was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Her edited books include two on sustaining soil biodiversity and ecosystem services. Wall received her PhD from the University of Kentucky.