The 12th Annual Larson-Allmaras Lecture on Emerging Issues in Soil and Water will feature Colorado State University distinguished professor and director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Diana Wall.
Dr. Diana Wall is a preeminent global authority on the structure and function of soil ecosystems, the services that these ecosystems provide, and the potential effects that human activities have on the ability of soils to deliver these services. Much of her work has focused on nematode ecology in soil communities in hot deserts of the Southwestern United States and cold dry valleys of Antarctica. In addition to her seminal work in Antarctica, Dr. Wall and her collaborators and students have studied soil ecology and biodiversity on all seven continents and in most major habitats, including deserts, forests, grasslands, agroecosystems, and cities. Dr. Wall has received numerous awards and honors. Among those includes a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and the Society of Nematology; a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program where she now serves on its Advisory Board; and an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Wall Valley in Antarctica was so named in recognition of Dr. Wall's work in the continent's Dry Valleys. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.