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Diana H. Wall, Colorado State University

A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Diana Wall is University Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. Diana is actively engaged in research exploring how microbial and invertebrate diversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus to society, and the consequences of human activities on soil globally. Her 20+ years research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys follows the response of soil organisms and ecosystem processes to environmental change: in Africa she examines biodiversity in fertile and degraded soils. For her research contributions, in 2005, Wall Valley, Antarctica was designated and in 2009, a new soil mite species was named.  She served as a member of the PCAST Working Group on Biodiversity Preservation and Ecosystem Sustainability: a Report to President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and member of the NRC Committee on the Future of Antarctic Science. She was recently honored by being named as the Tansley Lecturer by the British Ecological Society. Diana holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, and is a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Nematologists. Diana served as President of the Ecological Society of America, American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Intersociety Consortium for Plant Protection, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, the Society of Nematologists and Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents.  Diana received a B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and was a Professor, University of California, Riverside.