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April 12, 2016



Soil biodiversity and sustainability to be featured in prestigious agronomy lecture at 4 p.m. today

By Steve Watson

Dr. Diana Wall

Internationally renowned environmental scientist Diana Wall will present the 34th annual Roscoe Ellis Jr. Soil Science Lectureship at 4 p.m., April 12 in 1014 Throckmorton Hall. The title of the lecture is "Common Ground: Soil Biodiversity and Sustainability." A reception will be at 3:30 p.m. on the first floor Throckmorton lobby prior to the lecture.

Wall is a university distinguished professor at Colorado State University and was appointed as the founding director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability in 2008. A professor in the biology department and senior scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Wall is responsible for helping faculty and students contribute to progress toward a sustainable future.

A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Wall is actively engaged in research exploring how life in soil 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. Her research on soil biota, particularly soil nematodes, extends from agroecosystems to arid ecosystems. Wall has spent more than 25 seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services.

Wall is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She currently serves as science chair for the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. She also has served as president of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Society of Nematologists and the Intersociety Consortium for Plant Protection. She has co-authored more than 180 refereed publications.

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